Press Brake Terms – Explained!

Our press brake service in Suffolk uses high tech machines to complete perfect bends on your sheet metal products. While the process may sound confusing, the final outcome is expertly crafted. We have broken down some of the common press brake terms to help you understand how we carry out this process:

Press Brake - A press brake is a machine tool that bends sheet metal. It does this by clamping the workpiece between a matching punch and die.

Capacity/Tonnage -This is how much weight the press brake machine can handle. Our press brake service in Suffolk utilises market-leading machines that can work with up to 100 tonnes of force.

Length - This is the overall length that the press brake machine can operate with. Our HFE 1003 can handle up to 3000mm, while our LVD PPEB can work with up to 2500mm.

Lower Beam - The lower beam is the bottom portion of a press brake. This holds the die or rail in position.

Upper Beam - This is the upper portion of the press brake that holds the punch holder.

Pinch Point - This is the precise moment the punch begins to apply tonnage to the workpiece.

CNC - CNC or computer numerical control is a term that describes the automated software used in computer programmed press brakes.

Ram - The rams are the driving and resisting components in the press brake.

To find out more about our press brake service click here or speak to a member of our expert team on 01440 706218.