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PBA Aluminum Bending Machine Bending Cable Tray to 90 Degree Horizontal

Cable Tray Bending Machine

Process, tips, and best practices for Bending Cable Tray to 90 degrees horizontal.
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In the realm of industrial infrastructure, cable management plays a crucial role in ensuring the smooth functioning and longevity of electrical systems. Cable trays are an integral part of this infrastructure, providing support and protection to cables while allowing for efficient routing and organization. Among the innovations in cable tray manufacturing, the utilization of profile bending machines in conjunction with the roll bending technique to create 90-degree horizontal bends represents a significant advancement.

Introduction to PBA Section Bending Machines and Cable Tray Bending Machine

PBA Aluminum Bending Machine is suitable for bending linear profiles of different cross-sections and different metal materials.

Profile bending machines are versatile tools used in various industries for shaping metal profiles into desired configurations. These machines utilize rollers to gradually bend the material along a predefined path, offering precision and flexibility in bending operations. Roll bending, on the other hand, involves the incremental bending of a workpiece using sets of rolls arranged in a pyramid formation, allowing for precise control over the bending process.

Working Principle

The PBA Aluminum Bending Machine(also called section bending machine or profile bending machine) is mainly composed of 3 sets of roller shafts and 2 sets of profile support rollers. The movement of the roller and the profile support roller is automatically controlled by the motion controller. Utilizing the principle of three-point forming, and adjusting the feed amount of the middle roller shaft, the profile is fed between the roller molds once or multiple times, gradually forming to the required radius.

The displacement of the profile is collected by an encoder, while the feed amount of the middle roller mold is collected by a grating ruler. Both the displacement of the profile and the feed amount of the middle roller are controlled in a closed-loop to achieve the requirement of high-precision arc bending.


  1. The workpiece can be formed in one rolling process or repeatedly bent as needed.
  2. Bendable shapes include C-shaped, U-shaped, 3R-shaped (variable curvature), multi-segment arc programs (variable curvature), and decreasing C-shaped programs.
  3. Automatic calculation of profile rebound amount (the first profile arc radius is inaccurate, the calculation result can ensure accurate bending of the second profile).
  4. Auxiliary calculation: knowledge of chord length and chord height can calculate radius and arc length.
  5. Self-diagnosis function: equipment faults can determine the condition of components.
  6. Manual adjustment function: inaccurate circular arcs can be corrected manually.
  7. Each type of arc can store 100 profile bending process parameters, achieving high-precision and repeatable bending.

Bending Process for Cable Tray to 90-Degree Horizontal


  • Select the Material: Choose the appropriate material for the cable tray, considering factors such as load capacity, environmental conditions, and electrical requirements.
  • Cutting: Cut the material to the required length using a saw or another cutting tool. Ensure precise measurements to avoid errors during the bending process.
  • Profile Bending Machine Setup: Set up the profile bending machine according to the specifications of the cable tray material and desired bend radius. Adjust the rollers and guides to accommodate the material size and thickness.

Loading the Material

  • Positioning: Place the cut material onto the profile bending machine, ensuring proper alignment with the rollers and guides.
  • Clamping: Secure the material in place using clamps or other holding devices to prevent shifting or slippage during the bending process.

Roll Bending

  • Initial Adjustment: Adjust the position of the rollers to begin the bending process. Start with a gradual bend to prevent material distortion or wrinkling.
  • Incremental Bending: Engage the profile bending machine to initiate the bending process. Roll the material through the machine incrementally, applying pressure evenly across the length of the material.
  • Monitoring: Monitor the bending process carefully, checking for any signs of material deformation or irregularities. Make adjustments to the roller pressure or position as needed to maintain uniform bending.
  • Multiple Passes: Depending on the material thickness and bend radius, multiple passes through the profile bending machine may be required to achieve the desired 90-degree horizontal bend. Repeat the bending process as necessary, taking care to maintain consistency and accuracy.


  • Visual Inspection: Once the bending process is complete, visually inspect the cable tray for any defects, such as cracks, wrinkles, or uneven bends.
  • Measurement: Use precision measuring tools to verify the angle of the horizontal bend and ensure it meets the required specifications.

Finishing Touches

  • Deburring: Remove any sharp edges or burrs from the bent sections of the cable tray using a deburring tool or file. This step helps prevent injury during installation and handling.
  • Surface Treatment: Optionally, apply surface treatments such as painting, galvanizing, or powder coating to enhance the durability and corrosion resistance of the cable tray.

Final Inspection and Packaging

  • Quality Assurance: Conduct a final inspection to confirm that the cable tray meets all quality standards and specifications.
  • Packaging: Package the finished cable trays securely to protect them during storage, transportation, and handling.

Understanding 90 Degree Horizontal Bend Cable Trays

Traditional cable trays often require complex assembly processes to achieve bends at specific angles, which can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. However, with the advent of profile bending machines and roll bending techniques, manufacturers can produce cable trays with 90-degree horizontal bends more efficiently and accurately. This innovation streamlines the manufacturing process while enhancing the overall quality and performance of the cable tray.

Advantages of 90 Degree Horizontal Bend Cable Trays

  • Precision Engineering: Profile bending machines, when combined with roll bending techniques, offer exceptional precision, ensuring that each bend meets the required specifications. This precision is crucial in cable management systems to maintain proper cable alignment and minimize the risk of damage or interference.
  • Cost Efficiency: By eliminating the need for manual bending or the use of multiple components for angled sections, 90-degree horizontal bend cable trays produced with profile bending machines and roll bending techniques reduce production costs and material waste. Manufacturers can optimize their processes and achieve higher productivity levels, ultimately leading to cost savings.
  • Space Optimization: Cable trays with 90-degree horizontal bends allow for efficient utilization of space, particularly in environments where layout restrictions exist. The ability to route cables around corners with minimal clearance requirements enhances the flexibility of cable management solutions.
  • Enhanced Durability: The uniformity of bends achieved through profile bending machines and roll bending techniques results in cable trays with superior structural integrity. These trays can withstand the rigors of industrial environments, including vibrations, thermal expansion, and mechanical stresses, thereby prolonging their service life.
  • Customization Options: Profile bending machines, in conjunction with roll bending techniques, offer versatility in shaping cable tray profiles, allowing manufacturers to cater to diverse customer requirements. Whether it’s different sizes, materials, or configurations, the flexibility offered by these machines enables the production of customized solutions tailored to specific applications.

Applications and Industries

The adoption of 90-degree horizontal bend cable trays with profile bending machines and roll bending techniques transcends various industries and applications. From commercial buildings and data centers to manufacturing facilities and renewable energy projects, these innovative cable management solutions offer benefits across the board. They facilitate the installation of electrical systems in complex environments while adhering to safety standards and regulatory requirements.


The integration of profile bending machines and roll bending techniques into cable tray manufacturing processes marks a significant advancement in the field of electrical infrastructure. The ability to produce 90-degree horizontal bend cable trays with precision and efficiency revolutionizes cable management practices, offering benefits in terms of cost savings, space optimization, durability, and customization. As industries continue to evolve, embracing technological innovations such as this will be key to staying competitive and meeting the evolving needs of modern infrastructure projects.