Press Brake Enables Automated Tool Changes Without a Tool ChangerNovember 30, 2012
Spied by our staff at EuroBlech and again at FABTECH, LVD Strippit, Akron, NY, has introduced ToolCell--a hydraulic press brake with an integrated tool changer. The machine’s automated tool-changing system reduces press-brake setup time, maximizing throughput and efficiency for small- to medium-batch production. ToolCell also reduces labor cost by eliminating the need for skilled labor experienced in tool-setup procedures.
ToolCell stores a library of top and bottom press-brake tooling within a “tooling stadium” located under the machine’s backgauge. An innovative gripper design built into the machine’s backgauge finger allows the backgauge to serve as the tool-changer mechanism. As the press-brake operator prepares for the next job, selecting the workpiece or moving blank parts to the machine, the press brake automatically changes the top and bottom tooling as required. Software stores tool location within the storage racks, and also directs tool placement within the press brake.
ToolCell is initially available with a 150-ton by 10-ft. press brake; stay tuned for 190- or 240-ton models with bend length of 10 or 13 ft.
Strippit, Inc.: www.lvdgroup.com/