Metal Fabricator Expands CNC Capabilities with New Press Brake
Workers at PJ's Fabricating have seen some bottlenecking around the press brake machines in recent months. But delays will soon end with the October purchase of a new Cincinnati Maxform® 230 press brake that will add more capability for this Canton, Ohio-based metal fabrication company.
With two smaller press brakes, one at 140 tons, work isn't getting done fast enough to keep up with demand. The new, 230-ton machine will allow for greater bending capacity.
"With our two (CNC) lasers, we can produce a lot of flat, but we can't bend it fast enough on the press brakes that we have, so we need to add more brake time to our work day," said quality manager Harry Spurrier. "This gives us another full day of press brake [work] to do on that machine, plus the added quality that it will bring."
Spurrier said the new machine will bring customers a better product because of its bending capability, as well as its accuracy with checking and repeatability. The Maxform® includes new features such as a high-speed hydraulic system, a hardened bolt-on ram nose for precision segmented tooling, and an optional high-speed linear motor drive with six-axis back gage.
"For each one of these companies, we're producing hundreds of parts," Spurrier said. "We can make sure part number one and part number 100 are exactly the same. In the trucking industry, we're making a bed of a truck, and it's taking multiple pieces of material that are all formed. When you set them side by side, they all have to be the same."
Since 1977, the company has offered job shop fabrication services to an array of industries. However, PJ's provides parts mainly for the trucking industry, making brackets for satellite communications systems for trucks and sometimes installing those systems as far away as Canada and Germany. In the fabrication of light-gage truck equipment, such as pump rigs, drill rigs, and cement mixers, the company provides laser cutting, forming, welding, and powder coating for parts such as bumpers and side panels.
With the addition of the new press brake, PJ's (www.pjsfab.com) will have a total of six machines on its 40,000-square-foot shop floor. The company, with 26 employees, has two CNC laser cutters, including a 6-axis machine with 3D capability. A CNC punch and the two other CNC press brakes are also present on the shop floor. The shop's CNC machinery has allowed for quick and accurate production.
"All of the CNC equipment gets stuff done on time and right. "And that's what the industry wants -- something right on time," Spurrier said, adding that the last machinery purchase made by the company was a CNC laser two years ago.
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