“It’s a fast machine and repeatability is really good,” says Schott. “Parts are identical. We are able to switch from part to part quickly or tailor the E-Brake to a specific part. We can also control open height. The machine, the software, safety and speed make this equipment unique.”
“A rocker-style press brake opens the entire stroke length of a bending cycle,” he continues. “If you are running 3/8-in.-thick sheet, for example, the E-Brake opens just wide enough to receive the material. You save time and throughput. And it’s safer. We use the E-Mate sheet follower for some of the bigger box work. It’s easier than following the part by hand or with a crane. Our operator really likes it.”
Compared to its legacy equipment, Schott estimates the E-Brake has cut cycle time in half on its 3/16-in. through 3/8-in.-thick sheet. In the face of a labor shortfall, the E-Brake is picking up the slack. “We can get the same amount of work completed on the E-Brake that would have taken us two shifts to do on our old press brake,” Schott says. “While we do form heavier parts on our legacy press brake, we try to run all the work we can on the E-Brake.”
Kloeckner Metals York runs the E-Brake one 8-hour shift, bending parts that range from battery boxes and bumpers for the transportation market, frames for the HVAC market and frames for power generation to parts for heavy equipment and mining applications. The ability to eliminate rework has taken on new significance with the cost of steel hurtling to record-breaking heights.
With a significant amount of work booked for 2022, the SafanDarley E-Brake’s efficiency and ease of use allows Kloeckner Metals York to reassign employees to tasks with higher value. “We would love to get 40 additional hours of work to put across that press brake. We’re always looking for new opportunities.”