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VOORTMAN V310 Plasma Cutting and Drilling Machine (2018)
VOORTMAN V310 Plasma Cutting and Drilling Machine (2018)
Netherlands, 9601 KM Hoogezand
VOORTMAN V310 Plasma Cutting and Drilling Machine (2018)
Flame Cutting Machines
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2018 4,400 kg15,000 x 6,000 x 2,300 mm
SATO - SATRONIK HDS-8000 Autogen Flame Cutting Machine
SATO - SATRONIK HDS-8000 Autogen Flame Cutting Machine
Germany, 39112 Magdeburg
SATO - SATRONIK HDS-8000 Autogen Flame Cutting Machine
Flame Cutting Machines
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2012 40,000 kg20,000 x 7,500 x 2,500 mm
SATO - SATRONIK HDL 5500 Laser Cutting Machine
SATO - SATRONIK HDL 5500 Laser Cutting Machine
Germany, 39112 Magdeburg
SATO - SATRONIK HDL 5500 Laser Cutting Machine
Laser Cutting Machines
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2012 30,000 kg15,000 x 6,800 x 2,450 mm
SATO - SATRONIK HDS-8000 Plasma Cutting Machine
SATO - SATRONIK HDS-8000 Plasma Cutting Machine
Germany, 39112 Magdeburg
SATO - SATRONIK HDS-8000 Plasma Cutting Machine
Flame Cutting Machines
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2012 40,000 kg20,000 x 7,500 x 2,500 mm
BYSTRONIC BYSPRINT 3015 CNC Laser Cutting Machine
BYSTRONIC BYSPRINT 3015 CNC Laser Cutting Machine
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Austria, 3264 Gresten
BYSTRONIC BYSPRINT 3015 CNC Laser Cutting Machine
Laser Cutting Machines
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2011 13,000 kg11,500 x 6,000 x 2,300 mm
TRUMPF L4030 Laser Cutting Machine with Pneumatic Lifting System
TRUMPF L4030 Laser Cutting Machine with Pneumatic Lifting System
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Hungary, 2134 Sződ
TRUMPF L4030 Laser Cutting Machine with Pneumatic Lifting System
Laser Cutting Machines
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1999 12,000 kg12,000 x 4,500 x 2,500 mm
METALLKRAFT HTBS PRO 3110 Controlled Hydraulic Plate Shear
METALLKRAFT HTBS PRO 3110 Controlled Hydraulic Plate Shear
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Hungary, 1172 Budapest
METALLKRAFT HTBS PRO 3110 Controlled Hydraulic Plate Shear
Guillotine Shears
2021 10,000 kg3,800 x 2,250 x 2,400 mm
TRUMPF Trumatic 500 Punching machine
TRUMPF Trumatic 500 Punching machine
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Hungary, 2134 Sződ
TRUMPF Trumatic 500 Punching machine
Punching Machines
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2009 10,000 kg8,000 x 4,000 x 2,300 mm
LASTECH C.3015 Plasma Cutting Machine
LASTECH C.3015 Plasma Cutting Machine
Italy, 25011 Calcinato
LASTECH C.3015 Plasma Cutting Machine
Laser Cutting Machines
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2022 1,500 kg4,000 x 2,460 x 1,500 mm • Credit card required
SATO - SATRONIK C 2500 Flame Cutting Machine
SATO - SATRONIK C 2500 Flame Cutting Machine
Germany, 56648 Saffig
SATO - SATRONIK C 2500 Flame Cutting Machine
Flame Cutting Machines
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2012 6,000 kg6,150 x 3,800 x 2,200 mm
STROJARNE PIESOK NTA 3150/10A Hydraulic Guillotine Shears
STROJARNE PIESOK NTA 3150/10A Hydraulic Guillotine Shears
Germany, 49779 Niederlangen
STROJARNE PIESOK NTA 3150/10A Hydraulic Guillotine Shears
Guillotine Shears
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1985 15,000 kg3,900 x 2,400 x 2,450 mm
SUNRISE PM-80LT-CN5 Hole Punch
SUNRISE PM-80LT-CN5 Hole Punch
Germany, 49779 Niederlangen
SUNRISE PM-80LT-CN5 Hole Punch
Punching Machines
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2007 1,900 kg4,200 x 2,200 x 2,680 mm
SCHÄFER SRMVS 3-Roller Round Bending Machine
SCHÄFER SRMVS 3-Roller Round Bending Machine
Germany, 39112 Magdeburg
SCHÄFER SRMVS 3-Roller Round Bending Machine
Round Bending Machines
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1980 14,000 kg5,700 x 2,700 x 3,000 mm
BOLLINA BL 2478/13 Straightener
BOLLINA BL 2478/13 Straightener
Hungary, 2134 Sződ
BOLLINA BL 2478/13 Straightener
Straightening Machines
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2013 2,500 kg3,500 x 2,000 x 1,600 mm
KNUTH CNC HAP 40160 CNC Press Brake
KNUTH CNC HAP 40160 CNC Press Brake
Germany, 31167 Bockenem
KNUTH CNC HAP 40160 CNC Press Brake
Press Brakes
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2000 12,000 kg4,200 x 2,300 x 2,700 mm
STANKOW N 22205 3-Roller Round Bending Machine
STANKOW N 22205 3-Roller Round Bending Machine
Germany, 39112 Magdeburg
STANKOW N 22205 3-Roller Round Bending Machine
Round Bending Machines
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Year of manufacture: unknown 7,000 kg4,000 x 1,200 x 1,450 mm
KNUTH KHT 4006 Plate Shears
KNUTH KHT 4006 Plate Shears
Germany, 31167 Bockenem
KNUTH KHT 4006 Plate Shears
Guillotine Shears
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Year of manufacture: unknown 9,500 kg4,750 x 2,350 x 1,950 mm
AROS 8 W-15/110-00 Electric sheet metal bending machine
AROS 8 W-15/110-00 Electric sheet metal bending machine
Austria, 6751 Bludenz
AROS 8 W-15/110-00 Electric sheet metal bending machine
Sheet Metal Processing
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Year of manufacture: unknown 2,000 kg4,500 x 1,500 x 1,500 mm
L-TEC DUCTLING Plasma Cutting Machine
L-TEC DUCTLING Plasma Cutting Machine
Germany, 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg
L-TEC DUCTLING Plasma Cutting Machine
Laser Cutting Machines
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Year of manufacture: unknown 2,500 kg5,400 x 2,450 x 2,700 mm
FASTI 211/4 Swivel Bending Machine
FASTI 211/4 Swivel Bending Machine
Germany, 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg
FASTI 211/4 Swivel Bending Machine
Swivel Bending Machines
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Year of manufacture: unknown 600 kg3,700 x 800 x 1,500 mm
PEDDINGHAUS PD MASTER 80/110 Sectional Steel Shears
PEDDINGHAUS PD MASTER 80/110 Sectional Steel Shears
Germany, 39112 Magdeburg
PEDDINGHAUS PD MASTER 80/110 Sectional Steel Shears
Steel Profile Shears
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Year of manufacture: unknown 1,200 kg2,050 x 1,850 x 850 mm
RAS 22.81 Channel Folding Machine
RAS 22.81 Channel Folding Machine
Germany, 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg
RAS 22.81 Channel Folding Machine
Sheet Metal Processing
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Year of manufacture: unknown 540 kg6,500 x 600 x 1,100 mm
BAYKAL BLS-NEO 3015 Laser cutting machine
BAYKAL BLS-NEO 3015 Laser cutting machine
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Italy, 83048 Montella
BAYKAL BLS-NEO 3015 Laser cutting machine
Laser Cutting Machines
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2014 17,000 kg10,500 x 4,400 x 2,260 mm
JONESCHEIT TAP Press Brake
JONESCHEIT TAP Press Brake
Germany, 31167 Bockenem
JONESCHEIT TAP Press Brake
Press Brakes
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2007 900 kg1,300 x 700 x 1,600 mm
3-Roll Plate Round Bending Machine
3-Roll Plate Round Bending Machine
Germany, 39112 Magdeburg
3-Roll Plate Round Bending Machine
Round Bending Machines
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Year of manufacture: unknown 800 kg2,440 x 1,160 x 600 mm
SCHRÖDER Plate Shear
SCHRÖDER Plate Shear
Germany, 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg
SCHRÖDER Plate Shear
Guillotine Shears
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1979 700 kg2,600 x 1,400 x 1,300 mm
KNUTH HKM 2004 Notching Machine
KNUTH HKM 2004 Notching Machine
Germany, 31167 Bockenem
KNUTH HKM 2004 Notching Machine
Notching Machines
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2000 250 kg900 x 900 x 1,100 mm
TRUMPF TRUMATIC L 6030 Laser Cutting Machine
TRUMPF TRUMATIC L 6030 Laser Cutting Machine
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Poland, 41-940 Piekary Slaskie
TRUMPF TRUMATIC L 6030 Laser Cutting Machine
Laser Cutting Machines
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2006 21,500 kg16,300 x 6,000 x 2,000 mm
TRUMPF TRUMATIC L3030 Laser Cutting Machine
TRUMPF TRUMATIC L3030 Laser Cutting Machine
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Poland, 62-060 Stęszew
TRUMPF TRUMATIC L3030 Laser Cutting Machine
Laser Cutting Machines
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1999/2022 11,500 kg10,000 x 5,500 x 2,200 mm
AIR LIQUIDE Plasmatome 20 HPI Flame Cutting Machine
AIR LIQUIDE Plasmatome 20 HPI Flame Cutting Machine
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Germany, 74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen
AIR LIQUIDE Plasmatome 20 HPI Flame Cutting Machine
Flame Cutting Machines
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2015 11,000 kg12,300 x 4,300 x 2,500 mm
RAS 21.20 Crimping Machine
RAS 21.20 Crimping Machine
Germany, 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg
RAS 21.20 Crimping Machine
Sheet Metal Processing
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Year of manufacture: unknown 200 kg800 x 650 x 1,100 mm
TRUMPF Trumatic L 6050 Laser Cutting Machine
TRUMPF Trumatic L 6050 Laser Cutting Machine
Germany, 39126 Magdeburg
TRUMPF Trumatic L 6050 Laser Cutting Machine
Laser Cutting Machines
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2005 15,000 kg10,000 x 8,000 x 2,600 mm
BAYKAL APHS 2604x60 Press Brake
BAYKAL APHS 2604x60 Press Brake
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Hungary, 2134 Sződ
BAYKAL APHS 2604x60 Press Brake
Press Brakes
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2012 6,200 kg3,000 x 2,500 x 2,600 mm
HANDTMANN PBZ LC 800 Profile Machining Centre
HANDTMANN PBZ LC 800 Profile Machining Centre
Germany, 90441 Nürnberg
HANDTMANN PBZ LC 800 Profile Machining Centre
Profiling Machines
2004 13,000 kg12,000 x 3,500 x 3,000 mm
HM MACHINERY KSM 4/3000 folding machine
HM MACHINERY KSM 4/3000 folding machine
Germany, 46342 Velen-Ramsdorf
HM MACHINERY KSM 4/3000 folding machine
Swivel Bending Machines
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1999 4,500 kg4,300 x 1,000 x 1,400 mm • Credit card required
FREUTEK LMM0011 1530G 1kW Fiber Laser Cutting Machine
FREUTEK LMM0011 1530G 1kW Fiber Laser Cutting Machine
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Italy, 24040 Suisio (BG)
FREUTEK LMM0011 1530G 1kW Fiber Laser Cutting Machine
Laser Cutting Machines
2021 2,900 kg4,890 x 2,300 x 2,290 mm
AMADA Quattro Laser Cutting Machine
AMADA Quattro Laser Cutting Machine
Germany, 04895 Falkenberg
AMADA Quattro Laser Cutting Machine
Laser Cutting Machines
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2016 7,000 kg9,000 x 2,500 x 2,500 mm
AMADA HFT 80-25 Hydraulic Press Brake
AMADA HFT 80-25 Hydraulic Press Brake
Germany, 04895 Falkenberg
AMADA HFT 80-25 Hydraulic Press Brake
Press Brakes
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2010 6,000 kg3,500 x 2,500 x 2,600 mm
LASTECH C.3015 Plasma cutting machine
LASTECH C.3015 Plasma cutting machine
Italy, 25011 Calcinato
LASTECH C.3015 Plasma cutting machine
Flame Cutting Machines
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2022 1,500 kg4,000 x 2,460 x 1,500 mm
TRUMPF Trumatic 260 Punching Machine
TRUMPF Trumatic 260 Punching Machine
Hungary, 2134 Sződ
TRUMPF Trumatic 260 Punching Machine
Punching Machines
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2007 10,000 kg7,000 x 4,000 x 2,500 mm
ECKERT JANTAR 2 Plasma Cutting Machine with Filter
ECKERT JANTAR 2 Plasma Cutting Machine with Filter
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Poland, 63-900 Rawicz
ECKERT JANTAR 2 Plasma Cutting Machine with Filter
Laser Cutting Machines
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2006 8,000 kg13,600 x 2,480 x 2,700 mm
ECKERT JANTAR 2 CNC Plasma Cutting Machine
ECKERT JANTAR 2 CNC Plasma Cutting Machine
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Poland, 39-400 Tarnobrzeg
ECKERT JANTAR 2 CNC Plasma Cutting Machine
Flame Cutting Machines
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2005 10,000 kg1,200 x 2,000 x 2,400 mm
Cutting Line
Cutting Line
Italy, region Torino
Cutting Line
Longitudinal and Lateral Slitting Lines
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Year of manufacture: unknown 4,000 kg9,000 x 3,800 x 2,500 mm
OSTAS ORGM 1050 x 3 shears mechanical
OSTAS ORGM 1050 x 3 shears mechanical
Germany, 46342 Velen-Ramsdorf
OSTAS ORGM 1050 x 3 shears mechanical
Guillotine Shears
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Year of manufacture: unknown 1,100 kg1,700 x 2,100 x 1,300 mm • Credit card required
OSTAS RGM 1550 x 3 Plate shear
OSTAS RGM 1550 x 3 Plate shear
Germany, 46342 Velen-Ramsdorf
OSTAS RGM 1550 x 3 Plate shear
Guillotine Shears
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2022 1,100 kg2,060 x 2,140 x 1,210 mm • Credit card required
WDT FSG-120 X Cutter
WDT FSG-120 X Cutter
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Italy, 81024 MADDALONI
WDT FSG-120 X Cutter
Longitudinal and Lateral Slitting Lines
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Year of manufacture: unknown 50 kg500 x 500 x 500 mm
FACCIN HCU892631.652 Calander Two Rolls
FACCIN HCU892631.652 Calander Two Rolls
Italy, 70024 Gravina in Puglia
FACCIN HCU892631.652 Calander Two Rolls
Sheet Metal Processing
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1989 1 kg
PRC PI-T400 Metal Cleaning Tunnel
PRC PI-T400 Metal Cleaning Tunnel
Italy, 70024 Gravina in Puglia
PRC PI-T400 Metal Cleaning Tunnel
Other Sheet Metal Processing Machines
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Year of manufacture: unknown 400 kg

Sheet metal, whether made of steel or aluminium, is flexible and light, and it conducts electricity and heat. The versatile application possibilities of sheet metal make countless the machines for its working. There is an appropriate machine for each sheet metal processing - cutting, moulding, punching, joining -, e.g. round bending machine, press brakes, guillotine shears, punching machines to name only a few. CNC machine tools are used as much as tool-free machines. At Surplex you will find a wide range of high quality used machines, including hydraulic guillotine shears, press brakes or round bending machines - at very affordable prices!

Sheet metal is a form of semi-finished product from the metalworking industry. It is rolled from cast slabs and processed into coils or boards. Sheeting can be made from almost every type of metal. The most widespread sheet metal is steel, followed by aluminium. Various non-ferrous metals, such as copper or brass, are also processed into sheet metal.

FIndustry has a wide range of sheet metal working tools designed for creating and machining sheet metal.




Each stage of the sheet metal processing field has its own special range of machinery.

Sheet manufacture

The machines used in sheet manufacture are sheet metal rollers and reels.

Sheet metal rollers

Sheet rollers give the original slabs of metal a flat shape by rolling. Downstream rollers can also be used to transform the sheet into the desired thickness. Three-roll rollers can also be used to bend sheets into rounded shapes.

Reels

The slabs rolled into sheet metal strips are wound on coils on reels. This makes it possible to transform long sheeting into a transportable form. A steel coil can weigh around 30 tonnes and features a diameter of 2.5 metres. Reels can then be used to wind up the coils for onward processing.

Well-known manufacturers of reels and rollers include ALBA, ARKU, KEMMERICH, KOHLER, SCHMITZ and WALDRICH.

Linear sheet cutting


If sheet metal is to be turned into useful products, cutting procedures need to be performed no later than after rolling. Both the ends and the sides of a rolled sheet are unusable in further processing, but industry offers a range of diverse shearing machines featuring very simple but robust mechanics that can cut off the unwanted sections from the sheet.

In the field of production, shearing machines (or: sheet metal cutting tables) are used. They ensure a straight, clean and loss-free cut.
Shearing machines are available in a variety of sizes: small shearers are used in workshops to cutting small sheet parts, such as for chassis construction and maintenance, where they are used to created welded sheeting for repairs. Within large-scale industry, shearing machines are used to create trapezoidal sheets and sandwich panels, as well as prepare panels for edging and coating.

Very high tolerances can be achieved, depending on the quality of material being cut. Longitudinal and cross-sectional systems are also used for processing coils. They cut the coiled sheet in every direction until it has reached the desired width. There are also other machines available that work by dividing that can be used to precisely create sheets. Circular saws and bandsaws are used for linear cuts.

Individual and radial sheet cutting


Radial cuts are made using flame cutting or plasma cutting machines, laser cutting machines, or water-jet cutting machines. These systems can also be used to cut through sheeting that is several centimetres thick, as well as other semi-finished steel products. They primarily differ in terms of purchase price and the precision they can achieve.

Flame cutting and plasma cutting machines

The most affordable cutting machines for individual, radial cuts in sheet panels are flame cutting machines. Nowadays, the cutting tables are operated using a CNC programme and they are ideally suited to very thick material. The flame used makes a very wide cut and also aids in hardening the material along the cut as the heat-affected zone caused by the flame alters the metal’s properties. Plasma cutting devices also work using a flame, but it is much hotter and extremely narrow. They create a cleaner cut than flame cutters, but are far more expensive and complex.

Major manufacturers of sheet shearing machines and cutting machines include PEDDINGHAUS, TRUMPF and WIEGER.

Plasma cutting machines are available from MESSER GRIESHEIM, SATRONIK and VICTOR.

Laser cutting devices

Laser cutting technology is primarily used for cutting thin sheet metal. Laser cutting machines are the most expensive type of hot-cutting machine but the outstanding results they produce are worth the expense.

Laser cutting machines are manufactured by AMADA, BYSTRONIC, PRIMA INDUSTRIE and TRUMPF.

Water jet cutting machines

Those looking for the best precision with a cold cut should look no further than the water jet cutting machine. However, they are similarly expensive as laser cutting systems and have a high maintenance effort.

Water jet cutting machines are manufactured by ESPE, FLOW, MITSUBISHI, PERNDORFER, OMAX and TECHNI.

Many companies combine affordable flame cutting tables with top-notch CNC technology. The products are first pre-cut on a flame cutting machine and then the heat-affected zone is machined on a CNC mill. The products that result are highly precise and can be produced at little expense since machining is a common application in almost every operation.

Machining of sheet metal


Machining equipment is used for more than simply turning profiles and milling solid blocks: the sheet metal processing industry also requires a large number of machining devices for individual, non-linear processing. If the sheeting is not being welded into round pipes, the main tool that is used is the CNC milling machine.

Popular providers of manual and CNC milling machines include DECKEL, HERMLE, MIKRON and HAAS.

Sheet bending


Second-hand Sheet metal machinery

Sheets can always be bent if the ratio between width and thickness is appropriate and the main factor to consider is the size of the machine used. Sheet bending machines can accept massive dimensions if required by the products and constituent materials.

The principle used by these machines (be they linear or radial) is always the same: the sheet metal is led between three rollers whose radius and distance from one another can be set using bending radius and bending depth. When manufacturing linear welded pipes, the bending machines also need to be long enough for the maximum pipe lengths intended.

Spiral seam welded pipes, on the other hand, are different and this process can be used to manufacture pipes with any cross-section and length imaginable. It does not use long sheets, but rather strip material from coils.

The sheet bending machines used in chassis workshops and tank/boiler construction work according to the same three-roller principle but can be made into a much more compact design. The simplest sheet bending machines are available as purely manual devices.

The best-known manufacturers of sheet bending machines are FASTI, KNUTH, HESSE and TOS.

Sheet edging


If a sheet is to be folded rather than bent, sheet edging machines are used. Folding presses are the most basic form of equipment to be found in any metalworking operation, however, they can only press sheet metal linearly in one direction.

Press brakes

Press brakes work using a double-V tool. The sheet is fed between the two halves of the tool which are then brought together under very high pressure. The more the tool is pressed together, the stronger the angle created.

Recommended manufacturers of press brakes include AMADA, CIDAN, GEKA and SCHECHTL.

Swivel bending machines

One of the most popular machines in this field is the swivel bending machine, which enables thin sheet metal to be bent and edged.

Pressing and deep-drawing


If sheet metal needs to be formed individually, rather than simply linearly, presses and deep-drawing presses are the best choice. Normal presses, such as eccentric-, spindle, or toggle presses, can only shape sheet metal by a few millimetres, but this is sufficient for many applications. On the other hand, deep-drawing presses can bring about major shape changes in a piece of metal thanks to high pressure and can alter the sheet as required.

However, presses are purely machine tools which are intended to shape sheets in just one way: in accordance with the shaping tool type. The tools in presses can, however, be changed which enables the pressing profile to be altered. Presses are standard tools in serial metalworking operations and are used in large numbers around the world.

Major manufacturers of presses include DIEFENBACHER, LAUFFER, SMG and SCHULER.

Tool-less flow forming of sheet metals


Flow forming machines

Turning a piece of sheet metal into individual products does not always require a machine tool. A key tool in prototype construction and well-equipped restoration workshops is the free flow forming machine. It enables sheet metal to be formed in almost any way and is indispensable to the classic automobile industry, such as for the manufacture of mud guards.
In an industrial context, automated flow forming machines are used to create bent, rotationally-symmetric parts. Instead of forming blanks using a press- or deep-drawing tool, these machines use three rollers to achieve the same result. Industrial flow forming machines are today available with computerised numerical control (CNC) and can be used to achieve amazingly narrow tolerances.

Major manufacturers of flow forming machines include GROB, LEIFELD and AWAB.

Roll bending machines

If an application simply requires the transformation of sheet metal into cylinders, simple roll bending machines are generally sufficient. These work using the tried-and-tested three-roller principle. The simplest roll bending machines can be operated by hand and are frequently found in workshops. On an industrial scale, roll bending machines are used in pipe construction, boiler construction and for specialist applications.

Popular manufacturers of roll bending machines include HÄUSLER, FOMP, SCHÄFER, PIESOK and STÖLTING.

Straightening sheet metal


Straightening/levelling machines

If tool-less flow forming and bending cannot achieve the desired tolerances, straightening machines are the next choice. They feature a sophisticated system of small rollers and punches and can create any pre-programmed shape from sheet metal. Straightening machines are one of the most complex sheet metal machines and have price tags to match.

Sheet punching


The next most widely used tools in sheet metal processing are punching and notching machines. They do not use shaping processes but rather cut defined pieces from thin sheet metal. They are very similar to presses and, if needed, can also be used for this purpose.

ZERHOCH, AMT, ALBA and SCHLEICHER are well-known for their high-quality straightening machines.

Punching

Punching machines are machine tools that are used on consistently-shaped products and require the right punching tool for the application.

Notching machines

Notching machines, by contrast, can make consistent cuts in a specific cross-section of given piece of sheet metal. Major manufacturers of punches include KAMA, MUHR & BENDER and PEDDINGHAUS.




The first consideration when buying sheet metal machinery is the extent of processing required. Sheet metal processing machines are subjected to the highest level of stress of all industrial machines, which is why they should always be thoroughly inspected when being purchased second-hand.

Bending and edging machines

The process of bending thin sheet metal is very gentle on the material. High pressure is required to achieve the desired precision, but the wear and tear experience is very low. Folding presses and shearing machines for thin sheet metal are also very long-lived. As long as they are not subjected to any massive strain, they will last a very long time. The lifting mechanism, however, will require new bearings every couple of years. In hydraulically-operated machines, the hoses, valves and seals will also require occasional replacement. As for tool-less machines, the expected service life is very long indeed.

Presses and punching machines

Tool punches and presses are built to exacting standards but they are subject to enormous strain:

  • High cycle rates
  • Continual striking of the machine structure (as intended by the design)
  • Improper handling

These can wear out even the most robust base frame over the course of time. This particularly applies to C-presses and C-punches. They are easy to operate and all the parts are within easy reach, however, the tool halves are only operated by a single counter-bearing which is prone to gradually losing its precision.

When it comes to used tool punches and presses, it is often the case that the tool used is more expensive than the machine on which it is operated. This means careful consideration is required when buying a second-hand punch or press: before an expensive customer tool is damaged, double or triple the amount that would be spent on the cheapest machine currently found on the market should be invested. If this investment is not made, there is a risk of expensive tools being damaged or even destroyed by a worn-out tool press.

Cutting devices

The various cutting devices also experience internal wear, which can only be rectified with intensive maintenance. This applies to both affordable flame cutting tables as well as high-quality aqua jet devices: using one’s own tools on such machines can have an effect on the structure and lead to damage.
Another aspect to consider is that all cutting machine types require a lot of floorspace. It is therefore crucial to ascertain whether there is sufficient space for the machine in the intended location.

Tool-less machines, such as bending machines, folding presses or shearing machines are easy to inspect by performing a workpiece test run. This helps avoid the risk of purchasing poor quality machines and ensures affordable, used sheet metal machinery can continue to be used productively for many years.

Thanks to major fluctuations in the used machinery sector (primarily driven by new innovations), however, there is little to fear when buying used sheet metal machinery for sale. The tolerances required for modern products become ever narrower which means major producers are continually switching to newer, more precise machines – sometimes far in advance of the sheet metal tools reaching their use-by-dates. This ensures a large supply on the second-hand market and means even small-scale producers can find a device that meets their needs and budget with ease.