Bystronic Mobile Bending Cell supports automated and manual bending, offers easy set-up

Bystronic’s Mobile Bending Cell comprises the company’s 1 m bend length, 40 ton Xpert 40 pressbrake and a moveable robotics cabinet that, together, deliver a compact system that supports both automated and manual bending. As part of the Mobile Bending Cell, the fast Xpert 40 bends three times as many parts as a large pressbrake, Bystronic claims.

With the Mobile Bending Cell, users can process large batches in automated bending mode, but can also manually bend small series and individual parts whenever necessary, having moved the robotics cabinet to the side.

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The compact Xpert 40 can be set up and put into operation in virtually any environment. And, if required, it can also quickly be moved and set up at another location. The mobile automation system seamlessly interfaces with the Xpert 40. Users can set up the robotics system on the Xpert 40 in just a few minutes, simply placing the automation unit in front of the pressbrake and, in just a few simple steps, the robotics system automatically aligns itself with the pressbrake.

Bystronic has integrated the control of the mobile automation solution directly into the pressbrake’s user interface, too. This allows users to control all the Mobile Bending Cell’s bending and automation workflows on a single touch-screen. Once the machine has been programmed, when in the automatic mode the Mobile Bending Cell launches the necessary bending program and the operator can quickly insert the suitable tools. Subsequently, the robotics system inserts the parts that are to be bent into the appropriate bending station.

The Xpert 40’s compact chassis and the ByMotion control provide the unit with a high level of dynamics, with bending speeds of more than 25 mm/sec. Precision is ensured by ByMotion, the pressbrake’s control software. It regulates the interplay between speed, power, and balance. This enables bending results with the highest degree of repetition accuracy. And this is a particularly important aspect when bending large series in the automatic mode.

The Mobile Bending Cell’s dynamic drive system helps conserve energy, ensuring dynamic bending sequences without wasting energy. Integrated functions, such as the Energy Saver and an intelligent automated start-stop system, further increase the efficiency. These functions support both manual and automatic bending.

Options available include accessing the ByVision Bending user interface using a tablet computer, allowing individual parameters within the bending process to be reviewed and, if required, changed from anywhere within the factory.

Another optional function is the Observer monitoring service. This provides users with an overview of all the processes on the Mobile Bending Cell. An integrated camera system supplies a live stream and process data to mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablet computers or laptops.

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