Bystronic has enhanced the Xpert Pro press brake to create the fully automated Bending Cell. The Bending Cell enables users to handle large series and even changing order levels efficiently and without errors. This manufacturing solution won an MM Award at EuroBLECH 2018.
sheet metal processing industry is under pressure: The production costs must be
kept low without affecting quality. Simultaneously, the increasing variability
of shapes, dimensions, and batch sizes demand an ever higher degree of flexibility.
Companies that want to remain competitive have to increase the flexibility of
their processes and above all, they also have to automate. Bystronic’s Bending Cell achieves both at the same time.
The fully automated Bending Cell offers a maximum degree
of efficiency and flexibility for both small and large manufacturing companies.
The modular design allows the Bending Cell to be individually adapted to the
company’s requirements. It is
just as ideally suited for the processing of long job lists as for changing
orders – from small batch
sizes right through to large series. In combination with the Xpert Pro
press brake, the agile robot processes bending jobs fully automatically and
The Bending Cell reduces manual interventions to a minimum and makes the most of the available resources. The 7-axis robot not only autonomously changes the grippers and bending tools, it also knows how to process the job most efficiently: The intelligent software autonomously determines the optimal sequence of the bending tools for every job list. This saves up to 30 percent of the processing time.
After the initial offline programming, the Bending
Cell operates completely autonomously. While the robot is bending, the
operators can perform other tasks, for example the supply and removal of sheet
metal and parts or operating a laser cutting system or welding system. In the
meantime, the Bending Cell reliably implements the programming. Nasty surprised
during the quality control are a thing of the past, because thanks to
intelligent correction functions, the Bending Cell offers a very high degree of
accuracy: The first part is just as perfect as the thousandth.
EuroBLECH 2018, Bystronic received an MM Award for the Bending Cell. The expert
jury consisting of the editors of the “blechnet” and “MM Maschinenmarkt” trade
magazines was particularly impressed by the concept behind the new bending
automation solution. In their statement, the jury highlighted the following
aspects of the Bending Cell: “Jobs that previously had to be performed manually
are now automated, including tool changes and transitions between jobs. This
makes 24/7 unmanned production possible.”