Operating a Press Brake Machine

A press brake machine is a machine that uses pressurized force to bend or shape metal. It is used in a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing. Operating this type of machine requires special knowledge and skills, and can be very dangerous if not done correctly. This article will provide detailed instructions on how to operate a press brake machine safely.

Getting Ready to Use the Machine

Before operating a press brake machine, it is important to ensure that you are adequately trained and qualified to do so. Additionally, you should have all required safety gear such as gloves, goggles, and a respirator. Once you have all of the necessary items, there are a few steps you should take prior to beginning the job:

  • Check the Machine: Inspect the press brake for any visible damage or wear. Make sure all safety mechanisms are functioning properly and that the die blocks line up well.
  • Check the Material: Make sure the material is suitable for the process. Ensure that it is properly marked and that the desired dimensions are achievable.
  • Check the Tooling: Make sure all clamping tools are in good condition and secure. Replace any worn tooling.
  • Check the Settings: Ensure the machine settings are up to date and are set properly for the material being used.

Operating the Machine

Once you have followed the steps above and ensured that the machine is ready to go, you can begin the process of operating the press brake. Here are the basic steps:

  • Load the Material: Place the material into the lower and upper clamping tools and secure.
  • Select and Enter Settings: Select the desired clamping force and bending angle, and enter the settings into the machine.
  • Adjust Material Position: Make sure the material is properly aligned and adjust as necessary.
  • Start the Machine: Press the start button and begin the cycle.
  • Check the Bend: When the job is complete, inspect the bend for accuracy.


Operating a press brake machine can be a dangerous and complex task. It is important to follow the above steps and adhere to all safety measures when operating the machine. With proper training and knowledge, a press brake machine can be used to quickly and accurately shape metal with minimal risk.

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