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A folding machine is a forming device used for the laminar processing of sheet metal. Folding machines can be used to bend, fold or edge sheets of material.
Where is a sheet metal folder used?
Folding machines can be applied in a variety of different areas. They are very flexible and can be used for a large range of different uses and capacities. Metal folders can also be automated, which is suitable for producing series products. Metal folding machines are used in the following industries: production of metal cupboards, doors or furniture; construction and production of covers; production of separating walls; and much more.
The biggest advantage of folding machines is their flexibility. With several exchangeable tools, the metal folder can produce a large range of different end products.
How does a folding machine work?
A folding machine consists of a work table, a moveable upper and lower beam, a rigid lower beam and a pivoting bending beam. The sheet is laid onto the lower beam. For the bending process to begin, the upper beam pushes down onto the lower beam. Then the bending beam moves the front lip of the upper beam upwards, so that the remaining sheet can be bent into the desired form.
Sheet metal folding machines are very precise and have a high level of repeat accuracy. With a small choice of upper beams, a number of sheet profiles can be produced. The upper beam usually has a front lip shaped like an acute angle or a radius.
Simple folding machines for sale are usually manually operated. High quality folding equipment has CNC control. Programming profiles is very easy. Nowadays, the sheet metal folders operate via a touch screen. These can be used to transform predetermined semi-profiles into the desired end profile.
Folding machines undertake a sweeping motion, and the high pressure forces from the upper beam can be a hazard. Before operating a sheet metal folding tool or folder machine, it is important to have received the appropriate briefing. After basic training, sheet metal folding machinery can be operated without risk.