What Does A Press Brake Operator Do?

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Publish Date: May 23, 2022

Operating the press brake requires mastering different skills, and the requirements for the press brake operator are also very high.

They should not only be able to use machines but also understand mathematics, read design drawings and learn machine programming, and more.

This article will detail the work content, work requirements, and work prospects of the press brake operator.

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What Does a Press Brake Operator Do?

Press Brake is a kind of machine used for bending sheet metal, which is widely used in the manufacturing industry.

It can be said that the press brake is the machine that makes the machine.

The work of the press brake operator is mainly to operate the machine to bend, shape and cut various metal materials.

It may also be necessary to use the shearing machine and laser cutting machine to cut sheet metal.

They need to check the workpiece design drawing, and then use the controller to set the parameters for bending. In the process of metal plate forming, the sheet metal shall be adjusted as required.

Finally, the press brake operator needs to check whether the profile is defective.

After the work is completed, they need to clean the working area in time.

At the same time, the press brake operator also needs to regularly check the machine parts and eliminate the machine faults in time.

Regular quality inspection can ensure the normal operation of the press brake.

Duties and Responsibilities

Operate the press brake to bend the metal plate according to the workpiece blueprint and parameters.

Prepare raw materials according to the production or order plan to ensure that the materials are free from defects and sufficient in quantity.

Pay attention to the selection of the most suitable sheet metal type and size to avoid material waste and reduce cost.

Prepare the equipment according to the product specifications to ensure the stable performance of the press brake.

Operate the CNC controller of the bending machine, set parameters according to the drawing, and be familiar with the programming function of the controller.

Be able to change toolings, and place or unload metal plates according to the program.

Operate other equipment, adjust speed, pressure, back gauge, etc.

After the operation, check whether the profile meets the standard according to the quality inspection standard.

Clean the working area, check and maintain the equipment, report the equipment failure, repair the machine and ensure the normal operation of the equipment.

Teamwork spirit to ensure the order quantity and quality are completed on time.

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Skills and Qualifications

Understanding Toolings and Machines

Press brake operators need to understand the various tools used for the machine. Cause there are many kinds of press brake toolings.

Choosing the wrong toolings will lead to different bending results.

Press brake operators also need to know different bending methods, such as air bending, bottom bending, and coining.

At the same time, the press brake operator should also know the tonnage limit of the bending machine.

Exceeding the range of bending force will cause damage to the machine.

Press brake operators need to know the type, structure and working principle of press brake operators very well.

There are different types of bending machines, such as mechanical press brake, hydraulic press brake, electric servo press brake, etc.

Press brake operators should be familiar with the differences, advantages and disadvantages of different types of press brakes.

Use different press brakes to process different metal plates, improve production efficiency and reduce production cost.

The press brake operator should be able to understand the workpiece drawing and work according to the tolerance of metal materials.

The use of CAD drawings can not only ensure the accuracy of bending workpieces but also improve the bending efficiency.

Job Qualifications

Most press brake operators are not highly educated. Usually, a high school diploma is enough.

However, this does not mean that the work of the press brake operator is very simple.

It still requires you to have a high sense of responsibility and pay attention to details.

Press brake operators need to equip with computer and mathematical knowledge, which represents the hands-on ability and analytical ability.

At the same time, the press brake operator should be able to stand for a long time and have enough physical strength to carry materials.

Generally speaking, the press brake operator usually works in a noisy environment, but they must be able to focus on the details.

Press brake operators need to pay attention to the operation process and subtle changes in metal plates.

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Salary Expectations

The income of press brake operators is determined by many factors, including relevant experience and technology, working time, company size and more.

Wages have gradually increased from junior press brake workers to skilled workers.

The Future of Press Brake Operator

If press brake operators want to develop in the industry for a long time, they need to know the latest information on industry development at any time.

Only in this way can they improve their understanding of the industry, improve technology, and increase industry knowledge.

Automation is more and more used in the sheet metal industry.

In order to improve production efficiency, enterprises will purchase automation equipment.

Press brake operators should be able to use the automation system, including machine programming and other functions.

Press brake operators should not only have enough skilled experience but also obtain the certification of some authoritative institutions.

In this way, there will be more competitive advantages in the process of job hunting.

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How to Become A Press Brake Operator

First of all, if you want to be an excellent press brake operator, you need to have some basic knowledge. Such as mathematics, machinery, computer and other knowledge.

Also, understand the different metal materials and their characteristics.

Learn to understand CAD drawings. Understand the structure and working principle of the press brake.

After knowing this knowledge, the company will conduct operation training for operators.

Press brake operators also need to learn to make complex workpieces through machine programming.

In short, we should constantly learn new technologies and take more training courses to improve our competitiveness in the industry.

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