Air bending is the most flexible method of bending sheet metal on a press brake. In combination with WILA’s durable and high quality precision tooling, air bending is the preferred bending method for the majority of bending applications.
Air bending with WILA segmented tooling enables you to bend a variety of bend angles and lengths, with just a limited set of tooling. Limiting your tooling selection to only what’s necessary leaves room for investing in tooling quality, leading to the lowest cost of ownership and maximum productivity for any press brake operation.
With our wide range of New Standard tools for air bending, modular and available in several standard lengths, we make it possible to quickly achieve virtually any bending length.
Check out our online Tool Advisor. Based on the part profile that you draw in the WILA Tool Advisor, we will provide you with a solution for your critical bends.
The WILA Smart Tooling app offers basic bend advice. Receive an overview of suitable tools, the formed inside radius, required bending force and minimum flange length.
WILA’s clamping and crowning systems offer the ultimate solution when it comes to efficiently changing tools, whether hydraulic, mechanical or pneumatic.
With just a limited number of WILA New Standard tools a large variety of bends can be made with different angles and inside radii, in various materials.
With air bending less tool changes are needed, resulting in a higher press brake productivity.
Compared to bottom bending, air bending requires a lower tonnage.
Air bending is the preferred bending method for most press brake applications. With just a limited set of tools you can make a wide variety of bends. Less tonnage is required compared to other bending methods. Air bending allows for a slim tool design, giving you more bending freedom. Additionally, it’s easier to compensate for springback.
The shortest flange you can bend will depend on the V-opening and shoulder radius of your bottom tool and the angle of your bend. Check out the WILA Smart Tooling App for advice on the minimum flange length.
Check out our ‘Mark-free bending’ applications page, to learn how to minimize part marking while bending sheet metal.
Check out our ‘Bending near holes and cut-outs’ applications page, to learn how to prevent deformation of holes and cut-outs.
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