My guess is that he is missing the integrated circuit required to process stuff. Its recipe is just an electronic circuit in the crafting grid. Use a screwdriver in the crafting grid with it to config it to 1 (1 = 1 ingot -> 1 plate recipes, see NEI).
You were correct, I had the wrong configuration on the IC that was in the bender. Working now. Thanks for the pointer, and sorry for the delay. China and bad internet keeps me mostly off the site.