Reducing operating costs with new press brake

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With models varying in capacity from 55-600 tons, Amada’s new HD NT press brake series can handle a full range of applications in bend lengths from 79 to 276 in.

This high performance series features a Hybrid Drive system that is engineered for low energy consumption and requires less hydraulic fluid than conventional machines. In addition to being eco-friendly, Amada’s Hybrid Drive system maintains a high rate of repeatability (± .00004 in.).

Maximizing machine green-light-on time

Equipped with an ATC (Automatic Tool Changer) the HD-ATC provides unmatched flexibility and productivity. The ATC is capable of storing more than 86 ft (26.4m) of precision tooling. Locating and loading the appropriate tooling is performed quickly and efficiently. The system’s four axis manipulator precisely selects and places punches and dies from the tool magazine — avoiding costly delays typically associated with conventional tool changes.

Available on most models, Amada’s patented variable slit crowning feature ensures consistent angle accuracy.  Larger models are equipped with an auto-crowning feature that provides precise results based on calculations created
by the AMNC-PC control. Additional features of the new HD series include:

  • High-speed, high-precision bending sensor that eliminates test bends.
  • Increased distance between tooling and a greater stroke length provides for a larger processing area.
  • Expanded processing area enables deep box bending.
  • Increased distance between punch and die allows for safe and easy processing of heavy materials.

To maintain bending accuracy while processing materials that vary in type, thickness and grain direction, Amada’s HD series is equipped with BI (Bend Indicator) sensors that utilize probe and laser technology. BI-S (probe type) or BI-L (laser type) result in trial-free bending. Bend angles are measured and adjusted on the fly to provide the correct angle on the first bend and to monitor and adjust angles throughout the run. BI technology boosts bending repeatability and reduces QA inspection and rework.

Fabricators processing thin sheets will benefit from the HD’s consistent accuracy and ease of use. The combination of an eco-friendly, Hybrid drive system and BI sensor technology ensures precision bending even if the operator lacks experience. Fabricators processing medium and thick sheets will profit from consistent angle accuracy, fewer trial bends, reduced material handling and the ability to perform deep box bending. Additionally, fabricators processing thick and large sheets will welcome safe and easy processing of heavy materials, easy to adjust angles plus simplified tool changes.

A wide variety of part geometries can be accurately processed thanks to a high-precision (± .0004”) tapered backgauge. For precise bending control, the backgauge provides continuously updated feedback to the AMNC/PC NT-based control where exact positioning can be viewed at any time. To provide maximum productivity, the HD’s intelligent control digitizes the bending process and delivers highly efficient offline programming. Enhanced network functions within the AMNC control allow operators to call up complete sets of bending data from the server. In addition, the AMNC control can create 3D images from DXF, DWG and IGES files. Programming bending data using 3D images makes programming a more intuitive process. More importantly, 3D simulation enables the identification of problems before they can occur.


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