Although we now have the most modern equipment including the latest pressbrake, there are still shops that make use of older mechanical pressbrake but not everyone has the knowledge on how to use these machines. The tools that accompany these machines are also outdated and might seem foreign to someone who has never worked with one before. As long as the machine along with the tools has been properly maintained, it can still be used.
If ever you come across an older version of the pressbrake, there is no need to run away in panic. The first thing you need to do is to locate its manual if still available. If not, fear not because the internet is a treasure chest of information and resources. You can look for a copy as long as you know the pressbrake model you have. When you got your hands on the manual, it is time to inspect the machine and see to it that everything is well adjusted.
Look at the gibs which are responsible for guiding the ram. It should not be worn out or loose. The brake and clutch should be working properly based on the design. If the ram comes to a standstill after revolving three times then there is something wrong with the machine. The mechanics of the pressbrake should also be in excellent condition. Otherwise, there is a potential risk. Once you have inspected every part and confident that they are in working and safe condition, it is time to prep the working area which is the ram and the bed.
Take away from the bolster attached to the press and with the help of a fine file, you should start removing burrs as well as high spots that are a result of many years in service of the machine. The intention is not the change the pressbrake. Any locking screws or bolts found in the bed should be removed save for four with two on either of the bed’s end. Prior to cleaning the entire pressbrake, the ram and the bed should be thoroughly checked. Wipe it, use lube and oil when needed.