The traditional press brake machine has served its purpose well, but it has its limitations, not the least of which being that it has a sole pressing function. The fact that a further piece of kit is needed for bending means that it costs in terms of both money and valuable space.
The latest designs in hydraulic bending machines, which fulfil both requirements, mean that you have the option of saving space in what could be a relatively small workshop or factory.
If you do have the space, adding a further machine will enable you to take on more orders.
A number of brands, including Euromac, examples of which can be seen at http://www.cotswold-machinery-sales.co.uk/euromac/bending-machines/, offer relatively compact machines suited to modest production facilities.
Are Tool Changes Necessary?
Hydraulic bending machines are capable of changing profiles with a tool change. This not only takes less time (and therefore cuts down on costs), but it has the added advantage of reducing the risk of personal injury or damage to the tools required or the machine itself.
You might think that the cost of a brand-new machine is currently beyond your budget, but there are other options. Machinery and equipment suppliers offer a selection of refurbished used machines. Consider, however, the savings you will make as a consequence of investing in a new machine, which may well offset the cost.
Are They Safer for My Workforce?
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) says that power presses are commonly high-risk machines, and it emphasises the need for constant safety inspections and maintenance. There is, of course, some risk in operating all machines, but anything that can be done to reduce those risks should be. Upgrading to a newer bending machine will show your commitment to employee safety.
What Is the Overall Advantage?
The biggest advantage of this type of machine by far is the potential to save on costs and manpower, as they do not require a second operator. As well as this, the single operator does not have to be of the same skill level as would normally be required to operate a press brake. This has the advantage, therefore, of giving you the option of having more operators a reduction in (or ability to maintain) costs or a combination of both.