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Choosing the Right Press Brake: Hydraulic or Electric? Unveiling the Key Differences

KRRASS CNC Press Brake

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What does a press brake machine do?

A Press Brake machine is like a magical metal bender! It’s widely used in the metal-working industry to bend sheets and plates of metal.

A Press Brake machine has three important parts: the ram (or top tool), the bottom tool (which can be changed to create different bends), and the mechanism that drives the ram. These machines work in a simple way: they use downward pressure from the ram to shape metal.

Press Brakes are used in various industries, including:

  1. Automotive: think about those sleek panels on cars.
  2. Aerospace: they help create airframes for airplanes.
  3. Artwork: metal sculptures and artistic creations.
  4. Furniture: bending metal for unique designs.
  5. Containers: forming metal into containers for different purposes.

The bending process begins by holding the metal between a punch and die, which shape it into the desired bends.

Press Brakes come in different types. Some are operated manually, while others are computer-controlled using CNC (Computer Numerical Control) systems. Two popular and powerful types are the Hydraulic Press Brakes and the Servo Electric Press Brakes.

Due to the different types of Press Brake machines on the market, it can be difficult to decide which one is the best for your needs. But don’t worry, KRRASS are here to help!

The power of hydraulic press brakes

Picture a mighty giant among Press Brakes—the hydraulic Press Brake. It’s a beast that harnesses the power of hydraulics to bend metal.

This machine relies on a hydraulic pump and fluid to transfer energy into the ram, creating immense strength and folding capabilities.

These hydraulic machines are not only incredibly powerful but also remarkably dependable.

KRRASS CNC Press Brake with DA58T

The electric press brakes—efficient and versatile

Meet the electric Press Brake machine, also known as the Servo Electric Press Brake. It’s a machine that runs on electricity and doesn’t require any additional equipment or complicated setup.

The servo-electric Press Brake employs a servo-motor to control the vertical movement of the ram.

Electric Press Brakes have been gaining popularity because they provide a cost-effective solution for lighter tasks. They can handle various applications, such as bending and forming metal sheets, as well as metal tubing.

Key distinctions between hydraulic and electric press brakes

  1. Size and Features: Electric Press Brakes are generally smaller than their hydraulic counterparts, but they lack the heavy-duty capabilities of hydraulic machines.
  2. Space and Usage: Hydraulic Press Brakes require more room to operate due to their larger size. They are ideal for heavy-duty work.
  3. Power and Cost: Hydraulic machines can generate more force than electric models, but they also come with higher costs.
  4. Price Tag: Consequently, Electric Press Brakes are generally less expensive than Hydraulic Press Brakes.

Which press brake machine is right for you?

If you need any questions answered or to discuss your Press Brake requirements for your unique business, please contact us today on 0086 18952087956 or using our online contact form.


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