Amada has introduced an automated robotic bending cell, the EG 6013 AR, that combines the power and precision of a servo electric press brake with an advanced bending robot.
The EG 6013 AR is a high speed solution for small, complex parts, eliminating the need for human operation and the associated risk of dealing with difficult-to-handle small parts. This automated robotic bending cell is engineered for the unmanned production of any lot size or part mix. Equipped with the world’s first twin servo electric drive system, the EG 6013 AR ensures high speed and high accuracy bending with lower power usage. Features such as automatic angle measuring, offline programming, multiple part load/unload stations and an automatic tool changer all add to the system’s list of production capabilities while maintaining a compact footprint.
The six axis robot travels along the ground in front of the press brake. Loading can be performed from a variety of positions, allowing for a large capacity for raw materials. To enhance versatility, several unloading options are also available. Completed parts can be stacked by the robot, placed in boxes, or placed on a synchronized conveyor belt. The robot cab also change both bending tools and grippers automatically and performs workpiece handling throughout the entire bending process—across all of the tool stations. It also performs all tracking movements and carries out process steps that cannot be achieved if the press brake is operated manually. For example, the mechanical grippers can also be guided around the tools in the press brake’s working area in order to ensure optimum assistance during operation tracking.
The backgauge of the EG 6013 AR is equipped with tactile sensors. They detect the position of the workpiece in both the X and Y directions prior to bending and initiate corrective measures if departures from tolerances are identified.
Other key features include:
- Precision bending robot – Single robot for quick loading/unloading, bending and tool change. Dedicated bending grip tools are designed for small components and can be changed automatically at the Automatic Hand Changing station.
- Auto Tool Changer/Hand Changer – Equipped with Automatic Hand Changing station for switching between tool changing and bending operations. Continuous automated operation is possible due to the ATC.
- Thickness Detection System (TDS) – TDS reads the variance in material thicknesses and compensates depth position automatically for stable and correct bending.
- High Rigidity and Larger Open Height – The rigid frame allows for a larger open height and stroke.
High precision servo electric press brakes demonstrate their productivity benefits particularly well when they are used in combination with a bending cell that possesses an equally efficient automation system.