LVD Strippit introduces Ulti-Form, a new robotic bending system featuring an automated tool-changing press brake that will run unattended. The system features a 135-ton press brake integrated with an industrial robot. The press brake houses a built-in tooling warehouse and uses a gripper mechanism in the machine’s backgauge fingers to change tools. As the robot picks the first workpiece from the input stack and centers it, the press brake completes the tool change. The system handles parts from 1.9” x 3.9” (50 mm x 100 mm) up to 47” x 31” (1,200 mm x 800 mm); parts can weigh up to 55 lbs.
Programming of both the press brake and robot is handled offline. LVD’s CADMAN-B software automatically calculates the optimal bend program. The robot software imports all bending data and automatically calculates gripper positions taking into account the gripper force, collision detection and robot reachability. The system’s database contains the setup information needed for the press brake and robot. Also included is LVD’s Easy-Form Laser adaptive bending system which adapts to material variations, including sheet thickness, strain hardening, and grain direction.
Ulti-Form includes three input pallets, an automated pallet dispenser and a conveyor belt to transfer full pallets out of the system. For complex parts and short runs, the system can be used in manual mode.