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BREVIS 1212 AJ and HRB 1303 Cell

BREVIS 1212 AJ and HRB 1303 Cell
The BREVIS 1212 AJ laser (top) and HRB 1303 (bottom) press brake

Products: BREVIS 1212 AJ and HRB 1303 Cell


Category(ies): Laser cutting, bending


Summary: The BREVIS 1212 AJ is a 3kW production laser with an extremely small footprint that is a fit for big and small shops alike. It cuts flat sheet and 3D parts. Additionally, the access system allows easy material loading. The HRB 1303 is a new offering in the HRB Series with 130 tons of bending power and a 3-meter bed.


At FABTECH you will see: The small-footprint BREVIS 1212 AJ which can handle material up to 4’ x 8’ in stainless, mild steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and titanium. The HRB

1303 will feature its crowning system that ensures consistent angle accuracy across the bed and L-Shift gauge fingers for bending asymmetrical workpieces.


Tech to watch: On BREVIS, you’ll see technologies like the flexible Z-axis allows processing parts up to 200 mm (7.8”) high, the ability to “edit” a part after forming, a processing area that slides out for material loading and can accommodate 4’ x 8’ sheets, and the i-Camera Assist System (ICAS). The HRB 1303 will feature the crowning system, a multiple-axis backgauge, and L-Shift gauge fingers.



Many fabricators are reaching their limit when it comes to floor space. Others have enough space but would like a dedicated area for smaller parts and prototype blanking and bending.


Enter the BREVIS 1212 AJ, which answers these needs and much more. It’s true that the smaller size is friendly to fabricators short on floor space. However, it is also flexible enough to handle whole 4’ x 8’ sheets and boasts some technical features that up until now have been the sole domain of its bigger laser brethren like the REGIUS, VENTIS, and ENSIS models.


First, BREVIS’ smaller size is a great fit anywhere. Loading is very easy: the front door and the right door both open, which exposes the cutting area. The cutting pallet slides out to ease loading, then slides right back in. In case you are hesitant to buy 4’ x 4’ sheets, you can use 4’ x 8’ sheets just as well. In this case, BREVIS cuts the first half of the 4’ x 8’, then uses the laser to “shear” that first 4’ x 4’ area. The second half of the sheet is moved forward for processing.


Another unique capability of the BREVIS is that it gives you the ability to cut above the normal plane. The laser head rises up to 200 mm (7.8”). Picture an already-formed blank with a Z-axis less than 7.8” and you’ll get the idea. There are three reasons why this technology makes sense:


  • If the part requires a hole adjacent to the bend line, much better to make the cut after the bend to avoid deformation of the part;
  • You can overcome shop bottlenecks by leaving some of the cutting until after forming; and
  • BREVIS’ Z-axis capabilities mean that if something needs to change—to be “edited,” in a way—it can be changed after forming (for example, a hole that needs to be expanded).

Three other features that BREVIS shares with the larger lasers:

The AMNC 3i control. This control is the latest available from AMADA. It features a 21.5” touch screen, and allows users to more easily see the project, the part, and even load programs based on file name. The control comes network ready and features an optimized cutting data library. At the console, the user can edit the cutting program, and perform other critical functions.


i-Camera System (ICAS). Inside the “cabin,” or cutting area, of BREVIS is AMADA’s ICAS feature. This is a camera and machine vision software system that allows you to place parts onto a nest made from a remnant (even an irregularly shaped and placed one). It allows operators another safe and easy option when trying to cut down on scrap or to make hot-job, single- or short-run blanks.


Automatic nozzle cleaner. BREVIS cleans and calibrates the nozzle once it is replaced. It centers the new nozzle in less than a minute, giving it that extra precision necessary in many of today’s cutting applications.


HRB 1303


The HRB 1303 is the latest offering in the HRB Series of press brakes, with 130 tons of bending pressure on a 3-meter bed. Like other entries in the HRB Series of press brakes, this model has two available types of crowning, two available types of tool grippers (depending on if the machine is free standing or paired with the Automatic Tool Changer or ATC).


The multi-axis backgauge features lightweight but rigid design, which increases processing speed and maintains precision. Features like the independent servo drives for the L-axis and L-Shift give you the ability to do tapered and offset gauging.


A full slate of options allows you to configure this press brake in a way that specifically meets your needs. Sheet followers, the Bi-S sensor (which is a high-speed probe sensor to achieve high bend accuracy without test bends), an auto-slide foot pedal that follows the bend sequence in the setup, and double-clamp fingers are just a few of the ways you can control the way the machine works for you as soon as it’s delivered.

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