A quick guide to press brake tool selection

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Choosing the right press brake tool can be a challenge if you are not especially experienced with this type of manufacturing tech.

Thankfully with only a few pieces of advice in mind, you can find the perfect component to use on your next project, so here are some key considerations to get you started.

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Tool precision
While you might be focused on achieving optimization in terms of your designs, it is important to remember that you can only make ambitious plans a reality if the tools you use are also made with precision.

As such you should select press brake tooling that has been made within a tiny tolerance range to ensure that it meets expectations in terms of how it performs, preserving quality control in the process.

Bending capacity
Both the press brake tool and the machine to which it is attached need to be able to exert adequate pressure to bend the materials you want to manipulate, without risking breakages or other failures.

The material choice obviously comes into play here, since working with harder substances like stainless steel will require more grunt than aluminum.

It is also necessary to give yourself plenty of leeway in terms of bending capacity, with a machine offering at least 20% more tonnage than is required to allow for adequate wiggle room.
Luckily with plenty of used machines on the Revelation Machinery website, all available with ample technical information and specifications, finding the right tooling and equipment for your needs should be straightforward.

Clamping options & compatibility
Another thing to bear in mind when choosing press brake tools is the extent to which you will need to swap them out to deliver the results you require for a given design. In this context, the clamping mechanism which keeps them in place on the machine assembly will be relevant when it comes to productivity and output.

Tooling which is clamped manually will be more affordable but take longer to swap out, while pneumatic clamping is speedier but comes at a cost. Hydraulic clamping is also faster but is slightly less sturdy than a manual option, as well as being limited to use with only certain tooling types.

If you already have a press brake machine and you just need tooling, the issue of compatibility should obviously be at the forefront of your mind when you make your selection. Doing your research and double-checking specifications will help you to avoid disappointment.

Die options
The final thing to consider is that press brake tools not only involve the upper punch, but the lower die which will play a part in determining the shape of the bend in the material that you achieve with each use.

Once again it is a good idea to be efficient in your choice here, as if you can use the same die for multiple aspects of the production, you will cut down on the setup time and reduce the need for transitions.

With experience, you should be able to master the press brake tool selection process, and the only way to build this up is to start working with this equipment as soon as possible.

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