LVD has introduced the D-Cell robotic bending cell.
D-Cell makes robotic bending an option for sheet metalworking businesses of all sizes and capacities. The system combines a 50-ton hydraulic press brake with a Kuka industrial robot and LVD programming software.
As manufacturers look to balance costs, quality, throughput and agility, D-Cell offers the flexibility to handle production of a wide range of parts with fast throughput, in varying lot sizes, and at a minimized cost.
At the heart of D-Cell is the PPED press brake. A simple, cost-efficient design makes PPED practical and easy to use for a variety of bending jobs. Its rigid construction, welded one-piece frame and servo-controlled hydraulic system ensure consistent bending results. It delivers 50 tons of pressing force, has a 2000 mm working length, four-axis backgauge, and handles part sizes from 35 x 100 mm up to 400 x 600 mm with a part weight of up to 4 kg.
D-Cell features the same automatic programming software as LVD’s Dyna-Cell and Ulti-Form robotic bending systems. Using CADMAN software, D-Cell accelerates “art to part” production in 20 minutes or less. It generates the bending and robot program automatically in 10 minutes and then takes just 10 minutes for setup and first part production. No robot teaching is needed, making D-Cell easy to program no matter the user’s experience level. Also simplifying its operation: the system uses one interface, one controller for both press brake and robot.
A universal gripper designed by LVD handles different part sizes, bends up to three flanges without regripping and easily moves between tool stations. Its universal application saves investment in custom grippers, reduces changeover time, and keeps production continuous.
D-Cell is a compact unit, requiring only 5000 mm x 5200 mm of floor space. The cell provides four input pallets with inclined plane for different part formats, a center station and output pallets or boxes. With a high input of raw material and a high output capacity, long production runs are possible.
D-Cell features the versatility to operate in manual mode with backgauge fingers configured for both robotic and manual bending.