In our August print edition of The FABRICATOR will be another installment of Steve Benson’s Bending Basics series. Benson, president of consulting firm ASMA LLC, Salem, Ore., and a press brake guru who runs press brake certification seminars for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, has written frequently for this magazine over the years. Next month he covers the basics of tonnage calculations--how much tonnage a job really takes, and what can happen when you can over-tonnage a press brake.
It’s important information, and perhaps for some, quite refreshing. There’s something elegant about bending. Press brake operation, one of the most complex tasks in the fab shop and for years seen as somewhat of a black art, can be demystified by a few equations that abide by the rules set by geometry and trigonometry.