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Bending Follower Supports

Best Way To Support Large Sheets For Bending

We are proud to introduce RAYMAX new press brake electric sheet metal followers lifters, completely controlled by the CNC. For these reasons, RAYMAX has created new motorized sheet followers to support the sheet during the bend. The dual interpolated axis configuration allows to continuously follow the part during the bend, to reduce the risk of scratches and reverse bending and simplify machine operators’ work.

Front Sheet Follower Supports System

The hydraulic press brakes with Sheet supports follower system for bending long and thin sheets,It basically consists of a pair of sheet supports placed on the front of the machine at the height of the bending line (bottom tool). Supports are controlled by the CNC, following and supporting the sheet during the bending process.


  • Automatic bending follower supports
  • AP1 – AP2 CNC-controlled interpolated axes
  • Recommended for heavy parts or large thin plate
  • Bend as closed as 70°
  • Load capacity – 180 kg per support
  • Brush and support shaft dim 350×900 up to 1200 mm

Reverse bending occurs when we bend a very large, heavy and thin plate. The overhang generates a torque that makes the sheet bend around the die edge under its own weight, as we can see in the drawing. The sheet lifter helps to avoid this type of damage, supporting the plate during the entire bending cycle.

The latest followers for sheet metal bending aim to optimize the performances of our press brakes by reducing the time to set up the press brake and simplifying the work of operators.

These bending aids provide valuable practical assistance (including an automatic height adjustment) for operators especially for heavy or large parts.

Discover the main features of our sheet metal followers:

  • AP1 – AP2 CNC-controlled interpolated axes
  • Light solution, easy to move
  • Adjustable according to the size of the workpiece
  • Improved shop floor efficiency
  • Less physical strain and safety risks
  • Protection from reverse bending and scratches
  • Bend as closed as 70°
  • R axis -30/+170 mm; maximum die opening 100 to 160 mm
  • Brush and support shaft dim. 350×900 mm extendable up to 1200 mm.
  • Active or inactive modes that can be controlled directly on the sheet follower to avoid any safety risks (LED light located on the sheet follower).

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