The sheet metal solution and service providers at Ursviken Inc. have a reputation for thinking big. The team is currently constructing the largest press brake in the industry. The Optima will have a bending length of 73 ft ., a bending force of 5,500 U.S. tons and stand 33 ft . above floor level. The press brake will be anchored in a pit 20 ft . deep. According to Anton Nordqvist, technical sales support for Ursviken, it will take operators more than 1 minute to walk around the machine. Seven front and back gauges, 11 sheet followers and approximately 500 ft . of linear rails are key components of the design/ build, which is expected to be completed in first quarter 2024.
“A single, large press brake can give a manufacturer more flexibility to bend bigger, longer parts because you aren’t limited by a C-frame configuration,” says Jamie Sims, General Manager at Ursviken Inc.
Ursviken’s milestone machine is the latest in a line of industry firsts that include automated sheet flipping technology, integrated CNC crowning, CNC variable die tools and its proprietary FlexiCrown CNC crowning system.
Read the full story at the December issue of the FFjournal magazine.