Mecon Industries is a press brake tooling manufacturer with wide product line of dies punches and accessories

Mecon Industries is a reliable supplier of press brake tooling for the North American market. We offer various dies and punches (standard, heavy duty, special, hemming, etc) along with die rails, punching plates, stops, etc for different production needs. Please check our How to Order Dies webpage and Press Brake Tooling manufacturer section for detailed specifications of tools and accessories we can provide. Can’t find what you need, send us a drawing of the part to be made and a custom tool will be designed.

Years of expertise in Canada’s press brake tooling industry

Mecon Industries was established in 1963 and has evolved with the press brake tooling industry of Canada. Nowadays, we have a large production facility in Toronto, highly qualified engineers and years of experience which all reflects in the fine quality of our products. We are well known not only as a press brake tooling manufacturer in Canada, but also as a designers, engineers and manufacturers of special application equipment for a variety of industries ranging from marine to aerospace to the automotive sectors of the economy. Expertise gained from the successful completion of many projects has allowed Mecon to build a good reputation and a high level of trust with our existing clients.

Looking for a press brake tooling manufacturer in Canada and the US?

Mecon Industries is the right choice for you! Finding the supplier of press brake tooling in Canada and US is not an easy task with numerous distributors, resellers and others. Mecon Industries is a supplier and press brake tooling manufacturer at the same time which makes us perfect fit for procurement departments. Interested in our products? Check our online Press Brake Tooling quotation form to request quote or call us today at +1 (416) 751-1901 to find out more information about press brake tooling for.

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Light Gauge Right Angle Bends

Use 90° punch and die combinations with bottoming technique to produce close tolerance bends in light gauge material. For air bending technique (less than 90°) punch and die combinations supplied on request.

Note: Punch and die heights ± 1/8″ 

Punch M1B (12 Ga.) Punch M1A (12 Ga.) Punch M1 (11 Ga.) Punch M3A (10 Ga.)

Die M2 ¼” (22 Ga.)  Die M2 3/8″ (18 Ga.)  Die M2 ½” (16 Ga.)

Punch M6A (20 Ga.)  Punch M6B (16 Ga.)  Punch M6C (12 Ga.)  Punch M9A (9 Ga.)

Punch M7A (16 Ga.    Punch M7B (12 Ga.)

Die M2 5/8″ (14 Ga.)  Die M2 ¾” (13 Ga.  Die M2 7/8″ (12 Ga.)

Die M2 1″ (11 Ga.)  Die M2 1-1/8″ (10 Ga.)


Heavy Duty Right Angle Bends

Use air bending technique with these dies to reduce tonnage required on heavy gauge material. Note: Punch and die heights ± 1/8″

Punch M3B (¼” Capacity), Punch M3C (3/8″ Capacity), Punch M3D (½” Capacity)

Punch M9B (3/16″ Capacity), Punch M9C (5/16″ Capacity), Punch M7C (3/16″ Capacity)

Die M4 1-¼” (9 Ga.), Die M4 1-½” (3/16″ Capacity), Die M4 2″ (¼” Capacity)

Die M4 2-½” (5/16″ Capacity), Die M4 3″ (3/8″ Capacity), Die M4 4″ (½” Capacity)

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Acute Angle Bending Dies

Use these dies to produce preliminary bend for hemming operation or air bend angles less than 90°. Regulating the depth that the punch enters the die opening varies the degree of the obtained bend.

Note: Punch and die heights ± 1/8″

Punch M21 (16 Ga.)  Punch M21A (14 Ga.)  Punch M23B (12 Ga.) Punch M23C (10 Ga.)

Die M22 1″ (11 Ga.) Die M22 1-¼” (10 Ga.) Die M1 1-½” (3/16″ Capacity)

Die M20 ¼” (22 Ga.)  Die M20 3/8″ (18 Ga.)  Die M20 ½” (16 Ga.)

Die M22 5/8″ (14 Ga.)             Die M22 7/8″ (12 Ga.)


Hemming Die for Light Gauge Materials

Use Dies No. M34 and M35 to produce hem in two hits in same die with one handling.

Note: Punch and die heights ± 1/8″

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Right Angle “Offset” Die Combinations

Use these dies to produce close tolerance offset bends with reduced labour and handling time.
Tonnage requirements shown on bending chart are not valid for offset dies.

Note: Punch and die heights ± 1/8″

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Flattening Die Combinations

Use these dies in pairs to produce hems or to close previously formed acute angle bends to the desired degree.

Note: Punch and die heights ± 1/8″

Group 1: M16A, M16B, M16C

Group 2: M18A, M18B

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Heavy Duty Punches, 4-Way Dies

Note: Punch and die heights ± 1/8″

Heavy Duty Punches



4-Way Dies

Square Size85° Vee Opening
4.7 "1-1/222-1/23


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Punching Plates

Punching Plates, Riser Blocks

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Info/ Quote

Samples of Special Tools

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Brake Press Set-up Aids

Standard Guage for Steel Sheets

PressBrake Features

Common Types of Brake Punch Tongues – Others on Request

Box Forming

Special clearance on ends of tools can be furnished to suit your individual requirements.
A box-forming punch and die in a 12-inch die space with a ram width of 2-1/2 inches. Graduations indicate minimum punch height required for various box depths.
Adjustable gauge arms set up with disappearing stops for multiple bends.

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Brake Press Tonnage Chart

Tons Required Per Linear Foot to Bend Mild Steel Plate Having 60,000 PSI Tensile Strength

Thickness of MATERIAL
Width of Die opening
GaugeInches1/4"5/16"3/8"7/16"0.53/8”0.750.8751 ” 1.1251.251.52"2.53"3.54"5"6"7"8"10"12"
Notes: The tonnages indicated in bold italics are for die openings eight times the thickness of the metal.
With an 8:1 die ratio, the inside radius of a right angle bend is approximately equal to the thickness of the material.

For other metals as compared to 60,000 PSI tensile strength mild steel adjust as follows:

  • Soft brass: 50% of pressure listed.
  • Soft aluminium: 50% of pressure listed.
  • Stainless steel: 50% more than pressure listed.
  • Chrome molybdenum: 100% more than pressure listed.

Brake Press Bending Allowance Chart

Bend Allowances for 90° Bends in Low‑Carbon Steel and Aluminum (Al)

Bend Allowances for 90° Bends in Low-Carbon Steel and Aluminum
Bend allowance, inches, for bends with inside radius (r) of:
(t), in.
1/32 in.1/16 in.3/32 in.1/8 in.1/4 in.1/2 in.

Bend Allowances for 90° Bends in Low-Carbon Steel and Aluminum (Metric)
Bend Allowance (mm) for Bends with Inside Radius (r) of:
Metal Thickness
( t ), mm (Inches)
0.8 mm(1/32")1.6 mm(1/16")2.4 mm(3/32")3.2 mm(1/8")6.4 mm(1/4")12.7 mm(1/2")
0.8 (0.032")
1.3 (0.050")
1.6 (0.062")2.72.432.73.433.
2.0 (0.078")
2.3 (0.090")
3.2 (0.125")
4.8 (0.188")
6.4 (0.250")9.78.6108.910.49.310.89.612.113.2
8.0 (0.313")1212.412.713.114.517.2
9.5 (0.375")14.414.715.115.416.819.5
11.1 (0.437")16.717.117.417.819.121.8
12.7 (0.500")19.119.419.720.121.524.2

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Notes of Interest

Offset Dies

The relation between depth of offset and metal thickness affects the accuracy of the 90° bends. Good results in material up to 18 gauge can generally be obtained by bottoming, if the depth of the offset is six to eight times the metal thickness. The press brake tonnage requirements are approximately five times that needed for a single 90° air bend. When forming heavy gauge sheets, the depth of offset should be greater than eight times metal thickness.

Tonnage requirements can be reduced by air bending rather than bottoming (compromising on accuracy), and also by using larger radii on the forming points.

Radius Dies

When the radius exceeds four times material thickness, spring-back must be compensated for in the dies. The large radius used to prevent fracturing may also create problems such as material pre-bending, causing fluting and pulling away from the punch radius. Such pre-bending may require coining the radius at the bottom of the press stroke and adding to the tonnage. When forming exceptionally large radii, a bumping die will often prove more practical than a large deep die.


When bending mild steel plate 1/2″ thick and heavier or high strength materials, fracturing can be reduced by increasing die opening to 10 to 12 times material thickness. Increasing the punch radius also reduces fracturing. Tonnage Increase: When making 90° bends the pressure to form the material rises rapidly to reach 85% of maximum when the material is bent up only 20°, and a maximum when the material is bent up 40°.

Channel Dies

The corner sharpness requirements and the flatness of the bottom of the channel have a direct bearing on the tonnage applied. Increasing corner radii reduces tonnage and helps in achieving a flatter bottom. Results depend on material which is uniform in thickness, temper, and yield point.

Press Brake Deflection

A common problem for anyone using more than half the rated capacity of a press brake is deflection. The middle of the bed and ram of the press spread apart under load. This spreading can cause the angle in the middle of the part to be one to three degrees open compared to the ends.

In some presses the bed and ram do not deflect in an even curve. The deflection can be mapped out for a press that is doing a particular job by taking accurate measurements along the length of test pieces. This deflection curve can then be reproduced by the machine.

There are a number of ways to solve the deflection problem:

  • Shim the bottom (crowning) die manually by using a roll of adding machine paper. Start in the middle with a short piece, gradually increasing the length of the layers. The number of layers may be increased or decreased as required. Three layers of paper equals approximately 0.012-0.015 inches.
  • If you are working within a small range of material thickness, the crown required may be reasonably consistent. Map out the deflection and machine it into the riser block.
  • If you have dedicated tooling for a specific job, map out the deflection and have the tooling crowned.
  • Purchase a “Mecon Deflection-Compensating Die Holder.”

Mecon Deflection-Compensating Die Holder.

  • Multi point calibrating adjustment.
  • Crown read-out indicators.
  • Patent#1234039

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Thinking Safety

We strive to supply tooling which allows the safe production of parts. As we have no control over how our dies are used, it must be understood that the user is responsible for ensuring that the proper methods, with due regard to safety in operation, are followed. Safety and industrial standards must be considered to ensure that the point-of-operation safety measures are effective.

Our dies are never intended to be used in equipment without a means provided to prevent hands or other body parts from entering or remaining in the die space at any time.

To prevent injury:

  • Require that dies be set only by a qualified, safety-conscious die-setter.
  • Insist that the die-setter be fully familiar with the press or machine’s manual.
  • Provide all point-of-operation guards or devices necessary to avoid exposing any part of the operator’s body to the closing of the machine or press.
  • Provide hand tools to insert, hold, and remove material, and to keep hands at a safe distance from the point of operation.
  • Insist on safety practices and procedures and enforce them daily.
  • Follow the instructions provided in the manual for the machine in which dies are being installed and operated.
  • Ascertain that operators are trained in safety procedures, and arrange for periodic inspections to ensure that those procedures are being followed.
  • Make available such safety-standard approved devices as pull-backs, fences, and infrared light curtain and controls for all press equipment. Two-button operation may also be necessary in some instances.

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