How Can I Go About Modernizing My Old Press Brake?

by Stanley
Press Brake

If you already own an old press brake and aren’t sure about what to do with it we’ll give you options on how to go about it. If you want to get rid of it by selling it then upgrading to a newer model that’s totally fine. Alternatively, you could consider retrofitting the old press brake with features that minimize set-up time, wastage, and generally boost production. This increases the machine’s productivity.

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How To Modernize An Old Press Brake

Replacing an old press brake can be quite expensive and so retrofitting it seems like the next most sensible thing to do. The points we have listed below should help you assess the condition of your old press brake and decide your next move:

  1. Evaluate the condition of the machine and its components

The four main considerations that you need to focus on are RAM, pedestal control, back-gauge control, and press-brake control. Check whether or not the RAM is consistent, accurate and level on both sides. Is the pedestal control still functional? Does the back-gauge control need to be replaced?

  1. Know what you are working with

You should also focus on the type of machine you’re using. Is it hydraulic, electric, mechanical, or CNC?

The type of press brake will determine is its controls can be interfaced to give better speed and a programmable position.

  1. Access the pain points

What are the real problems that you are facing? To determine this, you need to determine which method between front-gauging or back-gauging will work best for you. The dimensions that are the most important determine which one between the two is the right method.

When looking at the options you have available, remember that even though advanced controls can bring huge benefits, one needs to plan well before implementation.

  1. Determine the right approach

The most appropriate approach depends on the size of the back-gauge system and the machine’s control capabilities. The retrofit company will do a better job if you tell them more about the use for which the press brake will be put.

When it comes to the control capabilities, the more sophisticated, the better the benefits. However, these will need more front-end planning.


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  1. Implement a solution

If the press brake is functional and you just want to add productivity to your bending process, here are your options:

  • Leave the machine as it is
  • Retrofit a complete system or just the controls

If the press brake is not functioning well, the first thing to do is find out how much money you are going to need to retrofit it so that it becomes functional again. Afterward, find out how much productivity-boosting upgrades are going to cost you. Weigh your options and then decide what the most sensible option for your business is.

Either way, choosing to retrofit is a very informed way of increasing productivity at your business premises. It’s smart and cost-effective.




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