Salvagnini's panel bender celebrates its 40th anniversaryClick image to enlarge

Salvagnini is celeberating the 40th anniversary of its panel bender, the P4.

According to the company, it is the world's first panel bender, developed by Guido Salvagnini in 1977 in Milan, Italy. On September 19, 1977, the first Salvagnini patent was awarded for a machine entitled "machine for the production of rectangular sheet metal panels with bent edges."

Salvagnini's old style P4 panel benderClick image to enlarge

Salvagnini's new style P4 panel benderClick image to enlarge

The Salvagnini P4 brought flexibility and automation to the bending process using a single bending tool, a pair of counter blades, a sheet manipulator and a mechanical programmer to orchestrate sheet and bending movements. This machine coupled with the S4 punching/shearing machine enabled the company to create, in 1985, the first lights-out flexible manufacturing system–an installation still in use today.

In the ensuing 40 years, Salvagnini panel benders have been continuously improved to take advantage of the latest advances in digital and mechanical technology. Meanwhile, the original P4 machine has grown into a broad family of panel benders, including stand-alone models, to accommodate a multitude of application needs.


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