Press brake work (bending) is a process in which a sheet metal workpiece is bent along a line.
The bending creates a bend or crease with a given angle in a workpiece. Usually, this is performed in a press brake machine with a tool that is specific for every job. When the press machine presses the tool on the workpiece making the bend permanent. Immediately after this is done a springback occurs, and this needs to be taken into account when calculating the bending.
There are a few different types of bending. The two most common types is determined by which kind of tool the process uses. Either a tool can press the workpiece into a die (bottoming), or a tool presses the workpiece between two points to create the bend. The second kind of bending is more common as it needs considerable less press force, therefore making the process cheaper. At the same time, bottoming gives a more precise bend.
Press brake work is a common manufacturing process and presses are available in most sheet metal workshops.
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This is an opportunity to join the PSL of a company that outsources £1million worth of fabrication work every year. As a steel fabricator for the construction industry, they are looking for an external vendor to press a new design of tread, ready for use within staircases. Quotes are sought for 1 off and 43 off of this part to be made from 8mm thick mild steel. In addition, similar components will be required moving forward, making this a chance to supplement your long-term customer base with a big-spending name. High quality is key for this project. There is an immediate order to place with the chosen supplier.
This buyer, a manufacturer of commercial truck bodies, is looking for a supplier who can produce a large selection of pressed aluminium curtain side pillars, header profiles & rear pillar profiles. This project incorporates a variety of materials, with quotes required for batch sizes ranging from 20 off to 1100 off per part. There is an immediate order to place for this enquiry, with both ongoing and additional work to follow.
Destined for end use within an industrial machine, the attached discs are to be pressed from 1.2mm thick aluminium. An initial 6 off are required as samples, followed by 50, 100 & 500 offs. The client has an immediate order to place and therefore, interested suppliers are asked to make contact at their earliest convenience. The ideal supplier will be able to undertake this requirement on a long-term basis, making it a great opportunity to fill ongoing capacity. The buyer is also open to any suggestions and advice regarding the optimum method of manufacture.
Outsourcing approximately £30,000 worth of fabrication work each year, this manufacturer of hand tools and lifting equipment is currently looking for a supplier who can manage the folding process required on free-issue mild steel blanks. With an immediate order to place, this work is expected to be repeated between four to six times per year, making this ideal for suppliers looking to build a long-term relationship with a new buyer.
This Qimtek member is looking for a new supplier to supply tooling and press 1200 off heatsinks per year, to be delivered in quarterly batches of 300 off. The heatsinks will be used within the electronics industry. The ideal supplier will be able to offer reliable delivery, produce the parts economically and provide a high-quality end product; once a relationship has been established, further projects could be made available in addition to this ongoing requirement.
Destined for end use within the rail industry, these forends are to be pressed from 2mm thick mild steel sheet metal. Quotes are required for 200 off per year, making it an ideal opportunity to fill long-term capacity. The tooling required to press these parts will be free-issued to the chosen supplier. The accuracy of the bend angles is critical, as these forends will be fitted to other parts and therefore high quality is essential. In addition, there may be scope for further work from the client moving forward.
This buyer, a manufacturer of British sports cars, seeks a supplier with press braking capabilities to produce the attached seat back panel. This design is to be manufactured from aluminium, with quotes required for a batch of 30 off at this time. Owing to the buyer's impressive £150,000 annual fabrication spend, the chosen supplier will be given the opportunity to develop an ongoing relationship and assist within further projects moving forward.
This buyer with £500,000 spend on outsourced fabrication per annum, is looking for a company that can fold louvres from free-issue stainless steel 304L panels, which have been laser cut to size and will be provided flat. This project is currently at the quotation stage, but could lead to ongoing work once production commences.
This buyer is looking for a supplier who can undertake the manufacture of a sizeable selection of curtainsider pillars, header profile & rear pillar profiles to be used within the truck & transportation industry. There is an order to place with ongoing work, in line with the annual quantities shown on the attached spreadsheet. This buyer spends in the region of £100,000 on this type of work per annum, meaning that the successful supplier may be invited to assist within additional projects in future.
The manufacture of jigs is required for use within the aftermarket automotive sector. These are currently laser cut and welded from multiple pieces; however, the client now seeks economical quotes for them to be manufactured from one piece using a press brake. Quotes are required for 10 off and 50 off pairs, to be manufactured from 2/3mm thick stainless steel. Delivery is required by the 20th October and following this, repeat orders will be placed with the successful supplier.
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