Bending Cell Promises Affordability, Range of Part Production and Rapid ThroughputJuly 13, 2023
LVD has introduced the compact D-Cell, described as an affordable robotic bending cell that combines a 50-ton hydraulic press brake with a Kuka industrial robot and LVD’s unique programming software, and occupies only 5000 by 5200 mm of floor space. It offers the flexibility to handle production of a wide range of parts with rapid throughput, in varying lot sizes and at minimized cost, according to company officials.
The D-Cell’s PPED press brake features rigid construction, welded one-piece frame and servo-controlled hydraulic system to ensure consistent bending results. It delivers 50 tons of pressing force, has a 2000-mm working length and four-axis backgauge, and handles part sizes from 35 by 100 mm to 400 by 600 mm with part weights to 4 kg.
D-Cell features the same automatic programming software as LVD’s Dyna-Cell and Ulti-Form robotic-bending systems. Using CadMan software, D-Cell accelerates “art to part” production in 20 min. or less. It generates the bending and robot program automatically within 10 min. and then takes 10 min. or less for setup and first-part production—no robot teaching required. To aid simplicity, the cell uses one interface—one controller for both press brake and robot. A universal gripper designed by LVD reportedly handles various part sizes, bends as many as three flanges without regripping and easily moves between tool stations. The gripper’s universal application saves investment in custom grippers, reduces changeover time and provides for continuous production.
See also: LVD North America