Mechanical Press Brake
At Wil-Clair, we have two different options in terms of press brakes. First, there is the more traditional, mechanical press brake. It runs on a cycle and is capable of achieving the primary goal of a press brake (bending sheet metal) on a consistent basis. While it may not be as flashy as other brakes, there’s a reason why it’s been around for so long and continues to be a mainstay in manufacturing shops all around the world.
For some projects, we might need a quick bend. With a mechanical press brake, you get away from the majority of the set-up time, as well as any unique punching applications. Particularly in situations where a customer needs some sheet metal bent in a hurry, the mechanical press brake makes this a definite possibility. One of the main differing factors between the two press brakes is the fact that mechanical runs on a cycle. This prevents the ability to reverse a stroke, which is capable with hydraulic brakes.
Hydraulic Press Brake
If our technicians decide a mechanical press brake won’t be able to get the job done, then we’ll utilize our hydraulic one. In recent years, the hydraulic press brake has grown quickly in terms of popularity. While it generally comes with a larger price tag than the well known mechanical press brake, the control and safety it offers is part of the reason why it’s a favorite of our team here at Wil-Clair.
There are many reasons why plenty of our customers and employees have been thrilled with the hydraulic brake. For one, it allows for a variety of speed changes that make it possible to be much more efficient in the production process. At the same time, something everyone can get excited about is it’s ability to be much more precise with bends. No matter what the size or complexity of the project is, everyone on the WC team is passionate about every aspect being 100% perfect.