Press brakes are an essential part of any metalworking machinery, but they can be a complicated choice when deciding how your new press brake should be used. There are many options for an engine brand, model and size, such as what drives them.

In this article, we will analyse the brake pedal axis and describe what they do and what you can benefit from to make your choice when buying a brake pedal.

What is a Press Brake, And How Can I Use It?

A press brake shapes sheet metal into various forms in metalworking workshops. It uses a punch and die to shape the material, applying force through the brake pedal. The number and specifics of the bends, as well as repeating them across different parts, vary based on the brake pedal and the number of axles on the press.

Three main groups controlled as in a modern CNC press brake
There are 3 main types of CNC-driven axles in a press brake and while many more axles can be added, these 3 categories are the criteria used or considered by each manufacturing workshop. The press brake must be known. Ram bending control

The first axis controlled by the press brakes is the ram (or bed of working variants). Ram controls the bending depth, and in most cases, this means that the bending angle, like most operations, uses the wind rotation technique. This axis is called the “Y axis” and is commonly referred to as Y1 and Y2, which refers to the right and left-hand pressing mechanisms.

Rear Stop Control

The following, if it can be controlled by a press brake, adds a bit of complexity. These approaches are backstage and control the accuracy of the created flange. Depending on the complexity of the parts you manufacture, the rear gauge can be only 1 axis (X) or up to 6 axes (more on some machines). This axis, like the Rams Y axis, can also have variants X or X1 / X2, R or R1 / R2, and Z or Z1 / Z2, which symbolize the individual control of each as independent of the other.


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