The swivel bending machine is used to produce sheet metal profiles. This is done using a swing folding movement, which is a non-cutting metal machining process. An upper and lower flange clamps in the workpiece and incorporates the desired angles onto the sheet metal. Steel sheet metal is mostly bent using a swivel bending machine. However, it also possible to use this machine to process other materials such as aluminium. The actual processing step involving swivel bending can either be done manually or by using an electric motor.
- Production of sheet metal profiles
- Chipless metal processing method
- Applicable in a variety of areas including the building of machines or casings, and the steel industry
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Bending flanges, upper and lower flanges are exchangeable and can fit all the necessary requirements. Modern CNC-operation allows exact profiles to be bent with accuracy levels of 0.1 degrees. Processing using swivel bending machines is a surface treatment process. CNC-operation calculates the required bending radius, in order to ensure that the workpiece will not be damaged if folded too far. Therefore, the bending flange is placed at a particular distance away from the upper and lower flanges. The swivel bending machine is made out of two columns that are stably bound to each other. The worktable contains stops and is located behind the machine. The upper and lower flanges, as well as the bending flange, are arranged between the two columns.
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Nowadays, most machines are operated using an electric motor. A control panel displays all the important parameters and allows for the adjustment of actuators for the various flanges. Modern machines can identify the strength of the sheet metal and thereby establish the necessary bending radius.