This week’s Simple Solutions features Press Brake Machine Tending
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Photo credit: Why Automate your Press Brakes?
Article: Why Automate your Press Brakes?
Automating the blanking operation, including laser cutting and punching, is a big move for any metal fabricator, but it’s also somewhat straightforward, focusing on flat sheet and flat parts. Of course, there’s nothing flat about bending, and this makes automation much more complex and challenging. Nevertheless, current technology is overcoming most of these hurdles, and as a result, it has brought the benefits of forming automation to a variety of manufacturers.
Advantages of Automating Press Brakes
Increase productivity & reduce labor costs
Reducing labor content goes hand in hand with increased productivity. Even when using a simple system of just a robot and a press brake, you’ll see a substantial reduction in labor input. After all, once setup is complete, the operation runs unattended.
Tighter Process Control
When operators handle a part during the bending stroke, they may follow inconsistently, too quickly, or too slowly, and this can affect the final bend angle. Conversely, the bending robot follows the part at the exact speed and distance every time, so by its nature, automated bending yields extremely consistent bends.
Versatility to bend small or large parts
Fabricators have turned to robotic bending to handle large, heavy parts for years. Performed manually, these applications typically require several operators to lift and manipulate workpieces. In these cases, a large-capacity press brake with a heavy-payload-capacity robot can form these parts easily and safely.
Common Press Brake Applications
- Automotive panels
- Metal artwork
- Metal containers
- Many other sheet metal forming applications
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