Brake Press 

A brake press is a machine tool that is used for bending sheet and plate material such as sheet metal. It forms calculated bends by clamping the workpiece into a matching punch and die. A die is a particular shape or angle that is trying to be achieved with the work material. Many common uses of press brakes include building panels, tubes, industrial parts, robotics and more.


Two C frames form the sides of the brake press and they connect to a table at the bottom with a movable beam above it. The bottom tool is mounted on the table, the top tool is mounted on an upper beam.

The brake is the basic parameter like the force or the weight of the working length of the material, measured in tonnes. Other parameters taken into consideration include the stroke length which is the distance between the upright frame or side housings, the distance to the back gauge and the work height.

ABF Brake Press Services

Our brake press services in Mississauga use Trumpf, Safan and Amada Brake Press machines. We can provide all types of designs cuts from simple v-dies to multi-bends, beading , hemming, curling, offsets, 90 degree and rockers, 320 tonnage with 6-axis, to mention just a few of our break press capabilities.

Plus, with 14 machines, we’re confident in handling any requisitions size with precise manufacturing and quick and attractive turn-around times.

General Info: Types Of Brake Presses

Some break presses are mechanical and have a flywheel with an electric motor. A clutch is used to crank the mechanism to move the ram in a vertical direction with speed and accuracy. These were the most popular types of brake presses till the 1950s with the advent of the hydraulic brake press.

Hydraulic brake presses have two hydraulic cylinders on c frames that move in synchronization.  They are the most commonly used brake presses today because they are safer, more efficient, use less energy and are much easier to control and operate because they can be stopped at any time. They are also far less expensive to acquire. Typical pressure forces range between 40 to 600 tonnes.

Electric press brakes offer hyper-accuracy on delicate materials and works. They are pricier upfront but are arguably cheaper to run in the long-term. Pressure forces generally range from 20 to 200 tonnes.

Pneumatic brake presses use air pressure to develop tonnage (weight) on the ram.


Types of Dies: What they can do

The different types of dies create:

❏     Angle dies - acute, obtuse and 90 degrees

❏     Gooseneck dies - flanges that protrude from a workpiece

❏     Offset dies - a combination of punch and die sets that form a “Z” shape

❏     Seaming dies - layers of seams in sheets and tubes

❏     Curling dies -  coils on the edges of sheets

❏     Tube-and-pipe formations dies - cylindrical rolled sheets

❏     Rocker-type dies - directional bends

❏     Corrugating dies - wavy unique surface bends

❏     Multiple-bend dies - specific shapes that make several bends in one motion

Do you have an upcoming project in the Mississauga area that could use some custom brake press work? Get in touch with us today at ABF to get the process started.


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