A press brake is a machine that is designed to make bends in sheet metal or plate. This machine is similar to a punch machine in that it uses punches and dies in order to pinch the material thus creating a bend. The punches and dies are usually setup in a horizontal position with the bottom die being fixed. The top punch is operated by a hydraulic, mechanical, or servo-electric ram which pinches the material to produce a bend. There are many punch and die combinations that the operator must regularly exchange and setup depending on the material and bend required. These machines also utilize a backgauge that allows you to control the location of the bend. In CNC operated press brakes this backgauge is controlled automatically which leads to less error and higher tolerances.
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