Folding Sheet Metal | Precision Metal Forming

Sheet Metal Folding and Panel Bending

Hydram Sheet Metalwork has a full range of precision metal bending facilities including CNC folding machines, CNC Salvagnini panel bending and NC rolling machines.

Sheet metal folding is just one of the wide range of fabrication services offered by this UK metal manufacturer, which include laser cutting sheet metal, sheet metal punching, metal fabrication and welding, and powder coating.

Sheet Metal Folding

CNC Sheet Metal Bending Capacity

Metal forming experts Hydram Sheet Metalwork have a total of 14 Pressbrakes from Amada, Bystronic, CoastOne, Ermaksan and Trumpf which are rated up to 250 tonnes for sheet metal folding.

Hydram’s pressbrakes and are capable of bending up to 4 metre lengths in mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium.  On average over 100,000 folded products are produced per month and most of these require sheet metal bending.


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Salvagnini Panel Bender – Sheet Metal Folding

In 2013 Hydram installed a Salvagnini P4Ee 2116 panel bending machine.  The Salvagnini panel bender’s ability to switch from one job to the next in seconds makes it such an ideal machine for a subcontract fabrication supplier such as Hydram Sheet Metalwork.

Being able to work through medium sized batches of folded metal parts without having to change tools results in a great deal of time saved when it comes to sheet metal bending and sheet metal folding.

Salvagnini Sheet Metal Panel Bending

Automated Panel Bending

Hydram uses a Salvagnini P4Xe panel bender to complete its significant sheet metal folding capacity.  The Salvagnini machine can process panels up to a maximum of 2180 mm long and form bends up to 165 mm high.

The major selling point of the machine is that automatic tool changing means that there is zero set up time.  It can be programmed by importing dxf files using offline software or at the machine by entering parameters.

Sheet Metal Pressbrake Expertise

Sheet metal fabricator Hydram has been using pressbrakes for folding sheet metal components since it began trading in 1977.  Initially rectangular guillotine cut blanks were folded, but as time went by and the business grew, CNC punched, pressed blanks and now laser cut sheet metal components are folded.

Trumpf 7036 pressbrakes

Metal Forming Experience

To assist in component design, Hydram has an advanced 3D CADCAM system to develop complex folded components and to model multiple-part assemblies.  CNC programs can be generated quickly offline and are stored electronically for future use.  The full range of metal forming facilities including CNC sheet metal folding, panel bending and rolling.  Sheet metal bending is just part of Hydram’s precision sheet metal fabrication business.


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Metal components made by tube bending

Tube Bending

In addition to sheet metal folding, metal fabricator Hydram offers tube bending to complement its tube laser cutting service. With CNC tube bending machinery offering variable radii and bend orientation, the process is repeatable and efficient, offering a complete tube fabrication solution.

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Folding Sheet Metal | Sheet Metal Forming

Since 1977, sheet metal manufacturer Hydram has been supplying metal products, metal components and precision sheet metal fabrications from its 135,000 square foot facility in County Durham, UK.

Supplying many varied industries, Hydram has a broad range of experience and expertise to offer, particularly in folding and bending sheet metal, and other subcontract fabrication services.

Sheet metal folding is used to manufacture metal boxes, metal cabinets and metal enclosures, including heavy duty railway trackside location cases, equipment cases and pedestals for the rail industry.

Complete sheet metal fabrications can be powder coated or wet painted to meet exact customer standards for corrosion resistance.  Depending on the size of the metal fabrication, three-stage or five-and-a-half-stage pre-treatment processes are used to ensure full degreasing and chemically-coating before painting.

Hydram Sheet Metalwork is one of the largest sheet metal fabrication companies in the UK, founded in 1977, and employing over 200 people.  Contact us to find out how we can help with your sheet metal fabrication project.