In order to meet the demand of today’s market, which has increased considerably because of the introduction of better laser cutting systems, majority of production companies think that one of the most important operations inside the facility is that of the press brake. A facility’s production is affected when the press brake is not handled well and it is not managed to its full potential. This is the reason why a lot of shops have bought newer models of press brakes because the setup time is faster compared to the old ones. Not all shops though have the funds to purchase a new machine and if this is the case for you then there are alternative ways you can condition your existing press brake to make the most out of it.
The first thing you have to inspect is the setup operations along with the average time when performing a bending operation. Pinpoint which part of the process takes up the most of the setup time and the time for each of the bending process to be completed. Determine the answer to these in order to move forward with the right solution.
When organizing a press brake, there are 5S to follow as a guideline – begin with sorting, setting things in order, shining, standardizing and finally sustaining. When you take a look at efficient shops, you will see that they have a number of things in common such as pegboards attach near the control panel in order for the operator to easily access all the tools they need without wasting time locating and finding each one every time.
The tool crib should be organized all the time and use a consistent method when doing so. It is common for shops to organize tools based on two categories – first is based on the thickness of the material and second is the job type. Experts said that when handing press brake tools, be consistent and use the same approach when organizing in order to avoid confusion. Furthermore, one set of tool should be assigned for every brake in order to make operations more efficient.