With a selection of press brake types, tooling, tonnage, and different control system technologies, there are several considerations you’ll want to make right out the gate before purchasing a press brake. You want to reduce scrap/waste volume in your output. You likely want to find an affordable model for both short-term and long-term work. You also expect a press brake that is easy to operate, energy-efficient and is future-proof to near-future changes.
Know More About the Press Brake Supplier
It could be a press brake manufacturer or an affiliated vendor you are buying from. Buying directly from the manufacturer means you are likely to get fast-rate installation and operation instruction, preventive maintenance training, genuine and compatible tooling, genuine warranty, and sales discount.
But if the manufacturer doesn’t have an outlet near your shop, you may need to buy from a local distributor. The supplier can, in turn, be a handy resource when you also need in-shop press brake layout, installation, setup, continuous training, and ongoing maintenance help.
You’ll want a registered and licensed vendor that manufactures CE certified press brakes that also meet OSHA safety guidelines (or your local/regional occupational safety policies, procedures, and parts).
Experienced brake manufacturers that also have reputable histories are likely to supply high-quality, specialty, durable, and easy to use press brakes with detailed operation manuals.
Press Brake Technology
The technology you go for will determine how fast, accurate, power-efficient, flexible, safe, economical, productive, and, ultimately, beneficial the press brake for sale is to you.
Take the ECOPOWER tech offered in an Accurl CNC Genius Press Brake for example:
Or the modern, user-friendly control panel for advanced functions compared to standard CNC press brakes for sale in the market right now:
The control panel includes 3D visualization in both simulation and production stages, meaning more control for your operators and less waste/scrap volumes for your bottom line.
Now notice how the Genius fares as far as length capacity and tonnage factors go:
Many control systems now include X- and Y-Axis programming to balance off the axis and help produce more precise metal forming and fabrication works.
While hydraulic and pneumatic press brakes are more reliable, easier to find, and suitable for large volume productions, electrical and CNC press brakes are more suitable for smaller, more specialized shops. The latter can be more economical too, depending on what you intend to use them for.
Mechanical brakes are nowadays best used for hobbyist uses since they are less accurate, take more time to set up and operate.
Also, remember applying the latest in press brake technology may require you either retrain current operators or have to hire new operators that are experienced in using the new technology—which may or may not be feasible to your shop.
Press Brake Tooling
Whether you choose to buy a numerical (NC) or computer numerical control (CNC) press brake, you’ll want to have the right tooling for the specific task(s) you intend to use the machine for.
Expect the following types of press brake tooling:
- European Precision Style
- American Precision Style
- American-Planed Press
- WilaTrumpf Style Press
- Bevel Stang Style Press
The rule of thumb is to follow your press brake manufacturer’s specifications to prevent fitting parts that do not match up with the rest of the contact areas, which can lead to premature wear and tear, replacement, and poorer bending-angle accuracy.
There you have them. Keeping these simple press brake tips and tricks in mind will help make an informed purchasing decision at that new CNC press brake for sale outlet.