Alpha Manufacturing is able to offer a variety of different manual metal folding and CNC folding solutions, which allows us to select the most suitable and efficient method to meet the individual needs of each customer.

What is metal folding?

Metal folding is the process that gives the metal product its shape. A machine is used to bend (or fold) the metal in order for it to reach its intended form. The benefits of using this robust and efficient machine are that it can fold small intricacies and create a variety of shapes for many day-to-day products.

Our folding department consists of manual press brakes, automated panel folding machinery and automated robotic folders, which means we’re able to match individual customer requirements to the most suitable metal folding solution.

Our commitment to continual investment means that we now have the following folding facilities at our disposal.

Robot CNC Metal Folding

Trumpf Trubend Cell 7000

Automated Robotic Folding

The Trubend 7000 is a fully automated robotic bending cell with automatic part picking and finished part scanning. The TruBend Cell is ideal for high volume, smaller part production and can produce parts “lights out” at a high rate with ultimate accuracy. Offline programming combined with fully automated ‘lights out’ operation makes the TruBend 7000 a highly cost-effective folding solution.

Amada Astro 100NT

The Amada Astro 100NT is an automatic robotic bending system integrated with a 110-ton hydraulic press brake. It is designed for high-precision part productivity through reduced cycle times. The Astro 100NT is a totally unmanned robotic bending system, which increases productivity and profitability without increasing labour. Programs for folding components are produced off-line, dramatically reducing set up times and allowing cost-effective small batch runs.

Automated Panel Folding

Amada TBZ Automated Panel Folder

Amada Panel Folder

The fully automated TBZ Panel Folding machine offer optimised machine cycle times through automated tool selection and simultaneous component load and unload. Parts are programmed offline allowing the machine to process components whilst the next is programmed ready for production. The Amada TBZ Panel Folding machine has the capacity to fold from sheets up to 2500 x 1250mm x 2.3mm thick with the ability to load, form and stack products. The machine cycle times are optimised with simultaneous component load and unload together with automatic tool selection.

Amada TBZ Panel Folding Capabilities:

Component length: Up to 2490mm x 1250mm

Material thickness: Up to 2.3mm

Standard Manned Sheet Metal Folding

Manual Amada Press Brakes

Amada Pressbrakes

Alpha currently operate 7 Amada Press Brakes which are manually programmed and operated by CNC fold operatives. These machines are utilised for folding parts which are unsuitable for automated fold solutions, for example, longer or heavier components.

Alpha Manufacturing Manned Folding Capabilities:

Component length: up to 4100mm

Machine tonnage: up to 220 tonnes

An Integrated Metal Folding Service

We are proud to manufacture products from start to finish here at Alpha. Taking your project from CAD design to delivery is what we do best.

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We work with businesses in a wide variety of sectors with capabilities to offer short and long runs of metal products.