Brake press forming is a widely used metalworking process that involves the use of a brake press machine to shape sheet metal into a desired form. This technique is commonly employed in the manufacturing industry to create parts for various applications such as automotive, aerospace, and construction. For LMP, the importance lies with the customer’s requirements. Once an AutoCAD file is provided, we are able to process the drawing and form the part according to the customer’s print.
There are two main types of brake press machines: hydraulic and mechanical. Hydraulic machines utilize hydraulic cylinders to apply pressure on the sheet metal, while mechanical brake press machines utilize a clamping bar and mechanical levers for pressure application. Both types of machines are capable of producing accurate and precise results, however, hydraulic brake press machines tend to be more powerful and can handle thicker sheet metal.
Brake press forming can be utilized to produce a wide array of products, including automotive body panels, aircraft wings, and construction components such as steel beams, channels and braces. The process begins by placing the sheet metal on the bed of the brake press machine and securing it in place. The operator then selects the appropriate die tooling and sets the machine's parameters, including the pressure amount and bend angle.
Once the machine is set up and the sheet metal is secured, the operator activates the machine and the press applies pressure on the sheet metal, bending it into the desired shape. The operator may need to make multiple passes to achieve the desired shape or form multiple bends in the sheet metal. In addition, brake press forming can be performed with a variety of materials including mild steel, aluminum, and stainless steel.
At LMP, we understand that brake press forming offers numerous advantages compared to other metalworking techniques. It is highly accurate and can produce complex shapes with precise dimensions. It is also a rapid process, with some machines capable of producing hundreds of parts per hour. Coupled with our ability to utilize our four fibre lasers, Oxy and plasma department and secondary welding location, we are able to offer a one-stop-shop service for our customers.
In conclusion, brake press forming is an essential process in the manufacturing industry, enabling the production of a wide range of products with high accuracy and efficiency.
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