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Understanding Used Press Brake And Punch Press Efficiency

Dec 11th 2014 at 3:04 AM

Due to the immense progress that has taken place in the world of laser cutting technologies during the last few years or so it is now easier for the fabricators to focus upon using these advanced technologies to get more competitive in a tight market. With high power laser cutting machines cutting and processing of thicker materials are now a lot easier and transverse of sheets in detailed profiles can also be accelerated with linear drive motors. But this is also the factor that has made fabricators overlook and also ignore opportunities in other areas of the business like press brakes and punch presses. An Amada Press Brake – which can be commonly considered as a simple machine without the futuristic technologies of laser cutting can also be used for making money and they can still be a very much profitable investment for your business.

Understanding the efficiency

For producing parts efficiently and cost effectively, it is important to understand the factors those mostly determine press break efficiency and the operator, the brake, the tooling and the drawings are the four major contributing factors here.

If you are planning to invest in a used press brake from Amada the operator is the first and the most important factor you need to consider. All machines are only as good as their operators and you must need an experienced and well trained operator capable of making the most of the machine by properly optimizing and using it. For producing the most accurate parts in minimum possible time, an Amada Punch Press or press brake operator is required to understand the importance of the three other factors for producing the best quality parts. It is not the only goal they need to pursue but they are also required to minimize the required setup time for any given press brake for best result. The relation between setup time and total number of parts produced is another extremely important area that press brake operators are required to focus upon for short-run high-mix bending as per the demands of the industry.

The Amada Press brake that you buy is the second most important factor and you need to ensure your operator’s expertise and efficiency of the machine do perfectly match and complement each other. Both mechanical and hydraulic press brakes require long setup time but this can also be greatly reduced with the retrofitted CNC press brakes now available online with popular websites like So you need a machine that is best suitable for your operator or a find an operator who can best utilize your machine is a truly important decision that you need to take.

If you are investing in a used press brake, understanding the limits of the machine is decisive for your need to buy one that can bear the load you will be required to put in. Different machines have different tons per inch load limit and exceeding that limit can be damaging for the machine as well as the tooling and the formed parts. For information on Amada press brakes or Punch Presses and spares you can visit

About The Author

Maddox Henderson is a veteran from the metal fabrication industry and has witness the field going through many transformations first hand. He also likes to write many informative articles about his understanding of the industry and the best tools for use in projects like Amada laser machine and more!

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