New Part-Leveler Control Turns Beginners into ExpertsOctober 1, 2014
Arku, Cincinnati, OH, has introduced a new control for its FlatMaster parts leveler that enables novice users to produce dead-flat, stress-free sheetmetal and plate components on the first try, nearly every time, by entering as few as two parameters: material type and thickness. A simplified operator interface using touchscreen icons accesses a vast database of material properties, expert knowledge, part thicknesses, operating parameters and plausibility checks that allows new users to run the machine like experts with as little as 90 min. of training.
The new control accesses all of the leveler's functions with simple icons, much like a smartphone screen. By entering basic information on the workpiece, the control calculates the optimal leveling parameters for the first part. These parameters can be fine-tuned by the operator and saved as a part program for future use. The control can store 1024 part programs.
Servo-hydraulic FlatMaster machines, designed for leveling and stress relieving metal parts from 0.020 to 2.25 in. thick and up to 118 in. wide prior to welding, assembly or bending, perform two-way leveling, reverse operation and series leveling. A plausibility check evaluates operator entries and provides an explanation of incorrect values to aid in learning.Arku: http://www.arku.com/
See also: ARKU, Inc.