CNC bending production in Fareham, Hampshire
CNC bending on 2.5M long press brakes
Here’s a great view of sheet metal production in our factory taken in 2013. You can see a range of Zintec coated mild steel trays and panels which have been bent up on our 2 Edwards Pearson CNC press brakes. The range of sheet metal parts that we bend up starts at small spring clips and fixing brackets and extends right up to 2.5M long light fittings, support sections and curved profiles in all sorts of ferrous and non-ferrous materials and from 0.4mm to 10mm thick. This looks like a typical day in production to me with several batches of work in volumes from just a couple of dozen up to several hundred off.
CNC bending sheet metal covers
CNC bending on 1M long press brakes
Now here’s a good view of our 2 Trumpf 7036 CNC press brakes. These machines are very new and have the advantage of 6 axis control so that the most difficult of components can easily be bent up. The computer control systems for both machines are identical and both sit on our company wide computer system. We can write a CNC program on one machine, save it to the system server and then recall it on the other machine knowing both the control and tooling will be compatible. This has the advantage of being able to quickly run both machines on the same job when needed to speed through urgent customer orders or simply being able to use whichever machine is available next to run a sheet metal bending project. We have always tried to duplicate machinery where possible to protect ourselves and our customers if there is a problem or machines are being served so that production can keep going. These CNC press brakes are electric driven rather than hydraulic so are very quick and quite. The back stops and bending speed is the fastest on the market enabling us to turn projects around very quickly helping our customers with urgent orders and keeping the price of each part to a very competitive level.
CNC press brake tooling and mild steel brackets
Example of CNC formed sheet metal mounting brackets
Trumpf 7036 CNC press brakes in action on a complex sheet metal mounting bracket. You can see the flat laser cut blanks on the left hand side of the working table, the press brake tooling set up used in the middle and the finished folded mounting bracket on the right hand side of the table.