Press Brake – Types of Press Brakes, Applications of Press Brake

Press Brake
Press brake is also known as “Brake press” or “Break” is a machine tool for bending sheet and plate material. It is described using two parameters – working length and force or tonnage. Who can operate the machine would depend on one’s knowledge and skill about this cannot be done by an ordinary and inexperienced person in the field.

Types of Press Brake

It is defined in several categories based on applied force like mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and servo electric press brake. A mechanical press is advantageous in terms of speed and accuracy. Pneumatic and servo-electric machines, on the other hand are used for lower tonnage work or applications. Furthermore, hydraulic brakes are used to produce high quality products that are reliable and use little energy.

Applications of Press Brake
Press-brake forming is an art, and greatly dependent on operator skill. Therefore, it is expected that varying levels of quality and productivity are to be achieved by two different operators. Consequently, inconsistent results are also accepted and need more attention for consistency. Higher differencing parts are reworked, scrapped or simply passed to the next stage.

It is very useful for sheet metal bending. The produced sheet metal afterwards will then be useful for a wide array of applications in the manufacturing industry. These produced sheet metals are used in home appliances, vehicles, in heavy equipments, these sheet metals are sure to be functional on everyday lives of people. But before the right sheet metals are formed, sheet metal benders should first consider the right die design to produce the right sheet metal. These are used in many different forming jobs with the right die design like V dies, rotary bending dies, acute angle dies, radius dies etc. In a mechanical press, energy is added to a flywheel with an electric motor. A clutch engages the flywheel to power a crank mechanism that moves the ram vertically. Accuracy and speed are two advantages of the mechanical press brake. Hydraulic press brake operates by means of two synchronized hydraulic cylinders on the C-frames moving the upper beam.

Mechanical press brake offers a rigid ram level and easier to overload and difficult to bring ram close to material for scribed line work. Skilled operator needed to slip clutch for adjusting. Mechanical brake presses don’t enable you to adjust the stroke length. One must complete the revolution and cycle the machine completely.

Hydraulic press brake is safe and more expensive. These types of brakes are slower and have more precision bend work with better control when inching down and setting up for your bend, they can return to the top any time. These are easy to operate and provide simplified and easy controls for optimum output with better operator efficiency. Bhavya Machine tools is a leading manufacturer in India offering high quality and machinery tools with advanced features. Visit for further information.

Written by Yash Shah

This blog written by Mr. Yash Shah is about machine tools including workshop machinery, wood working machines, sheet metal machinery provided by Bhavya Machine Tools, a leading distributors of machine tools in India.