One of the main reasons people like metal is that it’s strong, and with sufficient thickness it doesn’t bend easily. But when you want it to bend, that same property becomes a problem. Unless, that is, you have a steel bending machine. Read More
Being even stronger than a single piece of steel and having the benefit of mechanical advantage, the machine will allow you to easily bend what would previously have been difficult to bend. Plus you can adjust the machine in ways that let you make that bend very precisely.
Specific Challenges of Metal Bending and How to Overcome Them
Mostly success in metal bending depends on the thickness of the metal and the approach you take to the process.
If you attempt to bend thin metal too fast or with too much power, you risk tearing the metal, weakening it, or just getting an unsatisfactory bend.
Attempting to bend thicker metal without enough force will usually just result in failure to achieve the task, but in some cases, the result could be damage to the metal bending machine or physical injury to the operator.
The important things to keep in mind are:
Use the right tool for the job
Make sure machinery operators have the correct training and physical ability to perform the task
Maintain all machinery and materials properly
Perform the task carefully and in a controlled manner, knowing exactly what the desired outcome should be
By following the above guidelines, you’ll avoid most of the potential problems that could arise in the process, and quite likely you’ll have no trouble with your machinery, your materials, or your personnel.
Types of metal bending machines
The two main categories of metal bending machines are:
Manual machines are usually less expensive to buy and don’t require any power source to operate. They usually will require more physical effort to operate and operations may be slower, especially for inexperienced workers.
Automated systems don’t require a lot of physical effort, but operators may need to have more training and better technical ability to operate them in comparison to manual machines. The automated machines also tend to have a higher price tag, require a power source to operate, and generally need more maintenance to keep them functioning correctly and safely.
Within these two broad categories, there are three specialist types of machines:
Sheet metal benders – the simplest and least expensive type. They’re easy to operate and don’t require strenuous effort.
Pipe benders – these are designed for bending metal pipes. Choose a more heavy duty model if you’re likely to be bending especially thick or strong metals.
Beam benders – these are used for bending steel beams, posts, or girders. They’re usually the most heavy duty machines and manual models require serious effort to operate. Automated machines are well worth the investment if you need to bend girders.
The remaining method for metal bending is the traditional blacksmithing method of heating the metal and then hammering it into the desired shape with a hammer and anvil. This is by far the slowest, noisiest, and most labour intensive method of metal bending. It’s not really well suited to modern production environments, which is why machinery is usually preferred.
Metal bending machines available now at Asset Plant & Machinery
We can help you select the best machinery to meet your production needs. Our expert staff are ready to answer any questions you may have about the various technologies available. We have a great range of machinery for you to select from, with competitive pricing and generous trading terms. Call or email for more details.