For any metal fabricator, the decision to automate the punching and cutting of their breaking operations is a big one. It can also be somewhat of an easy one. It can be difficult to automate such precision processes such as press brake forming. However, with companies such as the one found at www.surewaytool.com and the advancements in technology, the hurdles are being overcome. Below are some reasons fabricators should work towards automating the forming process for their press brake.
Today’s offline simulation and programming have changed the number of steps required to set the controls. The right programming software allows stand-alone machines the ability to carry out the bending automation, selection of the proper tools and the setup of the programs with ease. Operators will only be needed for a little bit of fine-tuning before the process is started the first time.
Reduction In Labor
Reducing the content of labor goes with an increase in productivity. For companies that use simple press brake forming systems using a single robot and brake, there will be a significant reduction in the amount of labor input needed for the entire process. Once the full setup has been completed, it can operate without attention.
Tighter Press Control
An operator needs to maintain consistent control during the bending stroke in order to get the appropriate results. If their control is inconsistent, too fast or too slow, it will end up affecting the final bend angle. Automated bending robots will allow for consistency throughout the entire process. Keep in mind, however, that the bending cycle can still render some inconsistencies when automated due to the varying thickness and hardness of the materials used. When this is the case, automatic angle correction can be done using the corrected measurements.
These are just some of the reasons you can benefit from automating the forming processes. Bending automation is becoming more and more popular as technology advances. There are more options than ever for automating many mundane, tedious tasks in fabrication processes that make production more efficient and cost-effective.