Laser and sheet metal working machinery manufacturer Prima Power (Arlington Heights, IL) introduced its new Integrated Robotic Bending System at Euroblech 2018, the international sheet metal working technology trade show, in Hannover, Germany. The system consists of a BCe Smart panel bender, a 7-axes anthropomorphic robot, and an eP-0520 press brake. The configuration is completed by a sheet separator unit for raw sheet stacks, a centering table, and a reverser for the sheet to be bent or the bent components to be stacked.
In order to allow the highest efficiency of the investment, the system offers several operation modes:
- Integrated processing with BCe Smart and eP, in which the robot performs continuous handling activities between the two machines;
- Automatic operation of the BCe Smart with part loading/unloading performed by the robot, and eP in stand-by mode;
- BCe Smart manually loaded while the eP operates as a robotic cell; and
- BCe Smart and eP in manual mode, and robot in stand-by mode.
Within the integrated bending system, the press brake is able to complete some components with dimensional or geometric features, which are unsuitable for the panel bender and could be only partially processed by this machine. The system is suitable for a wide range of components and special applications, such as bends in internal windows, or partial bends of outer edges that cannot be easily reached by the panel bender tools.
In the case of small batches, where the BCe Smart is commonly used in manual mode, the availability of the robot allows the loading and the unloading of sheets with a maximum length of 2850 mm, thickness of 2.5 mm and weight about 85 kg, replacing one or more operators in this heavy and repetitive task.