Metal forming is a process in which a plate or sheet is bent to a specific degree. The various shapes include “U,” “V,” “W,” or “Z” through the use of a press and bend die. A die is a tool or mold which allows tubes to be bent around it. Typically, the plate is formed by a hydraulic press forcing the metal into a die until the desired bend is achieved.
Infra-Metals offers several different sizes of press brakes to accommodate almost any project, from 20’ to 60’ brakes. As one of the largest structural steel providers in the United States, we are more than capable of providing your press brake needs according to your exact specifications.
Structural Steel Bending
In the process of metal fabrication, our industrial-grade equipment repetitively bends the alloy to form a specified shape or profile that you need. Infra-Metals experts are highly adept in deriving the correct press force, angles, and margins for bending your steel plates or sheets.
What is a Press Brake?
A press brake is a machine operated by a press and die that bends steel, usually a plate or sheet, into a particular shape. It works through applying a tonnage of force, which varies depending on the thickness of the material. At Infra-Metals, our detail-oriented team and proper equipment can form steel with accuracy and precision, down to the angle and millimeter.
Metal Forming Capabilities
Infra-Metals’ in-house capabilities are fully-equipped for metal forming, bending, and press braking. These machines are operated by well-trained experts empowered by our decades of experience and expertise in structural metal forming. Our high-end equipment and their respective capabilities include the following:
650 Ton 20’ press brake, Max throat depth 49.5”
1400 Ton 40’ press brake, Max throat depth 24”
1000 Ton 60’ press brake, Max throat depth 54”
2000 Ton 60’ press brake, Max throat depth 54”
2200 Ton 60’ press brake, Max throat depth 63”
Shapes Formed by Plate Forming
The most common shapes formed by our press brakes are “U,” “V,” “W,” or “Z” and channel. We are capable of servicing steel to your desired shape for different applications, and we work with various metal grades.
Common Applications And Industries
Infra-Metals have served numerous industries and catered to various applications. Our diverse range of clients across all regions in the United States trust us because of our dedication to high-quality and precise metalwork. These industries include the following:
- Manufacturing: Structural needs, including industrial-grade platforms, ladders, handrails, and similar structures.
- Construction: Buildings, bridges, warehouses, and facilities in rural and urban settings.
- Energy: Transmission towers, alternative energy sources, and oil and gas pipelines.
Oil and Gas: Oil and gas pipelines and offshore platforms.
- Mining: Mining equipment, including lifts, conveyors, and conveyor belts.
Ship construction: Oil rigs, ship parts and components, and offshore construction.
- Aerospace: Aircraft components, structural elements, bezels, and chassis
Steel Plate Forming Services From Infra-Metals
Since 1990, Infra-Metals has been one of the most trusted service centers for structural steel applications in the United States. As a part of the Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. family, we are part of a consolidated network that performs streamlined operations and quality metalwork with fast turnaround rates.
Our decades of knowledge and experience guarantee high-end services for reasonable prices. In addition, our range of capabilities can perform the services you need when you need them.
For your steel plate forming services, trust Infra-Metals. Contact us today and request a quote.