Automated kit blanking and short run bending system
- Published: October 5, 2017
FlexCell is an automated kit blanking and short run bending system from Salvagnini that combines press brake and panel bending technologies to provide a fast and profitable way to form parts.
Cut and laser marked blanks are received from Salvagnini’s 6kW, L3 fiber laser. Bar codes on the blanks are scanned into the FlexCell system. Part sequencing is automatically optimized and the panel bender and press brake are automatically set up for bending. Setups are always accomplished in masked time, so setup time on either machine is always zero.
Depending on specifications, a part may be formed on one machine or the other, or a combination of the two – whatever method results in the shortest cycle time. Parts are automatically formed to a ±0.004” tolerance with an average cost savings of $0.53 per bend over conventional means.
Managed by one operator rather than four, FlexCell is a tribute to Salvagnini’s decade’s old dedication to what is now known as Industry 4.0.