When Chris Curtis took over RC Industries in 1994, the company was in disarray. Fresh off an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Curtis immediately identified a few reasons for the company’s stagnation.
If you’re wondering how to grow a fabrication business, RC Industries has a template. Its CINCINNATI machines help the company stay nimble and endlessly productive. The company now owns one mechanical shear, eight press brakes, fourlasers and one automation system with a tower—all CINCINNATI. The company’s oldest CI machine was made in 1953 and the newest in 2018. Chris spells out the reason: “I don’t have to worry about the equipment,” he says. “Nothing is made like a CINCINNATI.”
During FABTECH 2018, people were shocked that it’s feasible to bend metal parts with plastic, 3D printed press brake tooling. But that’s not the only application…
When operating a press brake, you have two primary and vital objectives. First, you must eliminate the need for operators to place any parts of their bodies within (or even near) the point of operation when loading, forming or unloading. Second, choose a guard, device or operating method that prevents entry or stops die closing if the operators inadvertently enter the point of operation.