Types of Press Brake Machines
Press brake machines come in a variety of shapes and sizes, each offering its own unique benefits for specific applications. In this article, we will explore the various types of press brake machines and highlight their primary benefits.
Hydraulic Press Brakes
Hydraulic press brakes are the most common types of press brake machines used today. They use fluid pressure from hydraulic cylinders to bend sheet metal to desired angles. The hydraulic press brake is robust, reliable, and well-suited for high-tonnage applications.
- Can generate high force with low effort
- Low maintenance required
- High precision forming
Mechanical Press Brakes
Mechanical press brakes use a series of different sized gears, levers, and cranks to form sheet metal. These machines are typically capable of less force than hydraulic machines, but are still incredibly useful for a variety of applications.
- Usually less expensive to purchase and operate
- Wide range of forming/bending capabilities
- Ideal for complex forming or prototyping
Servo Press Brakes
Servo press brakes use a combination of an electric servo motor and a series of mechanical components to form sheet metal. This type of machine is capable of forming more complex shapes than either hydraulic or mechanical brakes and is usually faster and more accurate.
- High precision forming capabilities
- Faster bend speeds
- Easy programming allows for complex parts
Press brake machines can be an invaluable tool for a variety of applications, but each type of machine offers unique benefits and is best suited for different tasks. By understanding each type of machine and its capabilities, you can make an informed decision as to which machine best meets your need.