The set-up accelerator

The set-up accelerator

January 2017

With the new Xpert Tool Changer, Bystronic presents a compact automation solution for fast bending tool changing. This allows users to reduce the set-up time and increase bending quality.

Bystronic is expanding the bending process with a newly developed level of automation. With the Tool Changer, the high-end Xpert press brake can now swap tools automatically. The state-of-the-art sensor system and integrated robotics technology create an exceedingly versatile and compact bending system that sets itself up. This solution is of particular interest for users who want to save time and increase bending quality.

Never again bend a part with the wrong tool or with a tool that has not been correctly inserted into the press brake's upper or lower beam. For each bending job, the Xpert Tool Changer fetches the appropriate toolset from the magazine and inserts it with high precision. Even when bending with several stations distributed across the bending length, the automation solution positions all the defined tools with millimeter precision. This accuracy enables users to bend every part with consistently high quality.

Intelligent sensor technology recognizes new tools

With constantly changing bending parts, users frequently need to expand a press brake's range of bending tools. In such cases, the Xpert Tool Changer system supports the user with intelligent sensor technology. The user simply inserts new tools into the clamping system of the upper or lower beam. Subsequently, the Tool Changer scans the new tool and automatically integrates it into the magazine. Without programming effort or the need to call in a service technician.

The turning of upper tools, which in addition to the normal position can also be rotated by 180 degrees and inserted in the beam, increases the bending versatility. An option that usually poses difficulties for conventional automation solutions. But not for the Xpert Tool Changer. If required, the 6-axis robotics can rotate all the upper tools and thus increase the range of applications of the existing tools.

Automatic cleaning for lasting precision

In order the ensure sustained precise and gentle processing of parts that are to be bent, the Xpert Tool Changer system is equipped with a cleaning nozzle that cleans the whole length of bending table using compressed air. Frequently, during the bending process, mill scale and cutting residues from the bending parts drop onto the lower beam. During the next set-up, these residues can prevent the precise insertion of tools. This is why good operators regularly clean their press brake. With the Xpert Tool Changer this is no longer necessary.

Ready for networked production

Bystronic has seamlessly integrated the operator interface for the Xpert Tool Changer into the ByVision Bending user interface. This enables users to perform all the operating steps on the press brake using one touch screen. Regardless of whether they are controlling the tool change or the subsequent bending process.

In addition to simple operation, this all-in-one solution also opens up new data evaluation possibilities: How frequently were certain tools used? Which tool was used to bend which part? When does preventive maintenance make sense? The analysis of these questions helps users to sustainably improve their processes.

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