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V Grooving Technique of Plate Metals

Author:Site Editor     Publish Time: 2020-04-24      Origin:Site

Fabrication of plate metals is the irreplaceable component of mechanical treatment in such areas as automobile, aviation, elevator as well as household devices. Bending is the key procedure while working out plate metals the quality of which has a direct effect on shaping dimensions and the form of products. That is why ensuring the shaping sizes and bevel of the piece being processed is vital in the procedure of bending.

The attractiveness of products largely depends on its design and fancy style. The more intricate the form of plate design bends, the more attractive it seems. Only this is not enough, though. The pieces should correspond to the industrial demands as well, which assumes the circular arch radius to be small, smooth piece face with no bending signs and scratches. Press brake machines of traditional types could not manage to correspond to the specific industrial demands, thus grooving technology came out.

Traditional Bending Technique and Its Restrictions

Traditional Bending Technique - Boslaser


Bending by the means of the traditional method implies sheet bending through enforcement of top and below die. Sheet bending is carried out by two opening ridges of the below die and the upper ridge of the top one. Sheet metals pass through the procedure of resilient distortion to a flexible one.

The depth of the top die into the below die defines the curve bevel and the curve semi-diameter R may be more than or the same as the sheet density. (See Fig.1)

The requirements for the appearance of workpieces are gradually increasing. Bending by traditional methods is not always workable for intricate pieces (see fig. 2). It is impossible for the curve semi-diameter to be controlled in the case of the traditional bending. This has led to the advent of a new method, which is the groove bending.

products of v grooving machine

Fig. 2

V Grooving Technique

This technique implies grooving a V-shaped notched line upon plate metal at which point it has to be bent on the press brake machine according to requirements.

These features are typical of groove bending:

  • The ridge arch semi diameter is not big and performs without leaving bending signs on produced pieces.

The bending technique suggests that the utmost edge arch semi-diameter of processed pieces is equal to the sheet density in the aftermath of bending. When a V notch line has been grooved on plate metals, the density equals the half or less than that of its original state. Thus, the arch semi-diameter considerably reduces in the aftermath of bending. So, the point being bent becomes thin and the enforcement while bending decreases allowing unbent surface not to be affected. As a result, no signs are left on the produced piece after bending.

  • Bending requires a low press brake burden of tons.

Curve strength necessary for metal plates bending depends on its own density. If the sheet is thicker, the demanded strength for the curving process is higher. In that case, the burden of the press brake machine increases. Prior to bending, a V-shaped groove has to be made on the sheet at the point where it is intended to be bent. This considerably decreases sheet density, which in turn reduces bend enforcement resulting in curving with little burden. And all this supports less power consumption.

  • This technique ensures the bending of intricate pieces and plasticity control.

A traditional bending machine is incapable of flexing and shaping the section depicted in Fig.2. Its bending can be realized manually in the aftermath of grooving on the area being bent. Moreover, this method enables to manage the bouncing strength and bevel.  

  • Method of Notching a V shape.

The grooving machine is frequently applied to shape a V form on metal plates.

vertical v grooving machine

Fig. 3

Main considerations of V grooving machine

Put the crooked sheet in the grooving device and later set proper sheet density to groove automatically. Mind these tips:

  • Deepness of grooving and residual density

In accordance with bending standards, the remaining density is placed first and must be no more than 0.3 mm. Afterward, adjust groove deepness considering sheet density. As the blades must be kept safe, it is not advisable to feed excessively. In the general groove, deepness should not surpass 0.8 mm. Realize grooving by two acts. For instance, in the aftermath of grooving stainless plates of 1.2 mm, the residual density is 0.5 mm.

  • Adjusting the groove bevel

Plate metals have got the various extent of bouncing deformity while bending leading to bending bevel deflection. Grooving should be realized in accordance with the workpiece bending bevel while grooving a V shape. Generally, V groove bevel is 1 or 2 degrees bigger compared to bending bevel. For instance, while bending a workpiece of 90 degrees, V groove bevel should be adjusted at 92 degrees. (See fig. 4). By this means it is possible to prevent bevel distortion brought about by bouncing backward. 

v groove bevel - cnc v grooving machine


v groove bevel - sheet metal grooving machine

Fig. 5

  • Kinds of groove blades and their selection

Types of groove blades are rhombus upper bevel blades, square groove blades, triangular, circular groove blades, and so on. Blades are chosen to take into consideration V grooving bevel and form. The blade bevel must be no more compared to the V slit bevel. For instance, in the case of V grooving of 45-60 degrees, rhombus blades of 35 degrees upper bevel are suitable. In the case of 60-80 degrees, V groove triangular ones are proper. In the case of 80-90 degrees rhombus blades of 80 degrees, the upper bevel is suitable. If V shape is grooved with more than 90 degrees, square blades are advisable. For circular form grooving, circular blades are suitable.

  • The times of adjusting blades

During the grooving process of long and deep plates, blades are to be damaged as a result of overheat in case of operating permanently just one blade piece. This will also bring on bad grooving outcomes and various burrs on plates. In case blade feed quantity is 0.2 mm, the realization of the grooving of a 2 mm dense plate can be finished ten times. (In fig. 6), 3 or 4 blades are applied to operate at the same time. The feeding quantity of blades varies by 2 mm. This will ensure proper quality and enhance task effectiveness.

adjusting blades of sheet metal grooving machine

Fig. 6

  • Prevention of bending bevel and size deflection

Bending bevel and size determine bending efficiency. To gain them properly note these tips:

  • Not centered upper notch and beneath mold will result in improper bending size, so the top and bottom molds have to be centered prior to the bending process.

  • The placement of sheet metal and bottom mold might change in the aftermath of the left movement of the back stopper, so check their breadth prior to bending.

  • If the workpiece and bottom mold are not parallel bending bounce backward is possible, which will damage bending bevel. Therefore, the workpiece and bottom mold should parallel.

  • Bending bevel of each time bending should be accurate to prevent further errors.

  • While bending a workpiece after V grooving, make sure that the top double ridge, V shape down the ridge of the workpiece as well as the V shape lower ridge of the down mold are parallel to one another.

  • The top mold bevel has to be set at 84 degrees to prevent mold pressing.

  • Estimating the metal plate unfolding length

It is shown in figure 7 that the sheet density is 3 mm. The ridge sizes are also shown. In case the residual density is 0.5 mm, the unfolding length will be: L= (40-0.5) +(30-2×0.5) + (10-0.5) =107 mm. Bending with no groove: L= (40-3+0.25) + (30-6=2×0.25) + (30-6+2×0.25) +(10-3+0.25) =93.5 mm.

estimating the metal plate unfolding length - boslaser

Fig. 7

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