Four Things You Should Know About Press Braking

Press braking refers to the bending and shaping of metal to create metal units for specific measurements. At Fereday Cylinder, we have the knowledge, skills and experiences to tackle even the most challenging metal bending jobs. Today we shine the light on four key things you should know about press braking.

The Press Brake Machine

There are various types of press braking machines, and each has their advantages and disadvantages, as well as different types of power and setup times. It’s important to understand exactly how the machine being used operators, to complete the job with the accurate timing, using the correct load limits. It’s important not to exceed these load limits or damage could be done to the machine itself, as well as deform the products being made. Here at Fereday Cylinder, we use both a 250 tonne and 125 tonne press brake machine and make sure our operators have the required knowledge about the machines.

The Operator

We make sure to invest in our workers by providing continual training for our metal fabricators. We also regularly upgrade our machines and the processes we use. This allows us to offer our clients the most innovative products in the industry, whilst making sure that no operator is left behind. All operators have a well-rounded understanding of the whole process, from start to finish, including machine set-up, required fabrication times, and the machine’s capabilities.


In order to make the best parts, it’s necessary to have the best tools. There are different types of bending including air bending, bottom bending, coining. Each of these need different kinds of tooling. Everything
connects when it comes to press braking as the operators need to understand the different tolerances of the tooling for each punch and die that is used to complete high quality press braking jobs.


When tackling a press braking job, it is essential to have all the required information included in the drawings. Aspects that need considering include the angles of the bends, the dimensions of the desired end product, the inside radius of the bends, and the appropriate tolerances of each piece. All these specifications that are set out in the drawings must also consider the exact press braking machine and the tooling that is being used too. Every element – the machine, the operator, the tooling, and the drawings – is connected to deliver the best quality press braking service.

Contact Us

For more information about press braking and what we can do for you, please complete our contact form or email us at You can also speak to us directly by calling us on 01384 213 444. We will be happy to supply you with a quote and or answer any questions you might have for us.

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