CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

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CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

Automated bending cell

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TruBend Cell 7000 is an automated bending cell for small parts. It features an average cycle time of four seconds per bend and delivers parts twice as fast as conventional bending cells, claims TRUMPF.

The system made its debut at FABTECH in Chicago, last November. The TruBend Cell 7000 is comprised of several components: a TruBend 7036 Cell Edition press brake, the BendMaster bending robot, the LoadMaster Bend material handling unit, a pallet system and tracks, all within an enclosure that requires only 69 square feet of floor space.

The TruBend 7036 Cell Edition features a press force of 36 metric tons and an electric torque motor for high speed acceleration. Intelligent back gauges built from lightweight materials enable parts to be positioned quickly, to achieve a maximum pressing speed of 2 in/sec. The ram is divided into two 508 mm (20 in.) sections to provide clearance for the grippers on the BendMaster. With extreme precision and repeatability, these grippers can position components with a sheet thickness up to 7.62 mm (0.3 in.).

The LoadMaster Bend’s multi-vacuum gripper prepares the bending part parallel to the current bending operation. A high speed vision system identifies the exact orientation of the blanks. The loading arrangement allows for up to 24 different blanks or 4,800 parts to be delivered to the machine.

ToolMaster Bend is an option that allows changing of bending tools as part of the automated process. The BendMaster uses the ToolMaster Bend to select the tools without having to change grippers. Reading an ID chip inside the tool, the Tool Identification System automatically identifies the tool type and position and communicates the data to the controller in the tool clamp and in the support tracks of the ToolMaster Bend.

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