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Panel Bending

 
How Automated Panel Bending Works

The P4 panel bender employed by Dane Manufacturing natively combines productivity, with its automatic bending and handling cycles, and flexibility, with its universal bending tools. It uses universal bending tools which automatically adapt in-cycle to the panel geometry, without machine down times or manual re-tooling, allowing batch-one or kit productions. The technical solutions adopted (Direct Drive and pneumatic and electric drives) allow it to respect both people and the environment without reducing its productivity. The integrated adaptive technologies (advanced sensors, bending formula, MAC2.0) make the system intelligent and able to automatically adapt to changes in the material and the external environment, eliminating waste and corrections, and extending the range of products that can be made. The proprietary LINKS, STREAM and OPS softwares establish communication between the system and the company departments involved in the production flow.


How to combine productivity and flexibility?

Conventional bending is characterized by an average OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) of 30%, and flexibility depends on the tool change system, which is often costly and time-consuming, with lower dynamics compared to panel benders, or on the installation of more than one press brake. The P4 panel bender natively combines productivity, with its automatic bending and handling cycles, and flexibility, with its universal bending tools.How long does re-tooling take?The P4 panel bender doesn’t need re-tooling: the upper and lower blades, the counter-blade and the blank-holder are universal tools that are able to process the whole range of thicknesses and machinable materials. And with its advanced cycles, the P4 completes an average of 17 bends per minute.

How to produce in kits or batch-one?

The P4 is equipped with an automatic ABA blankholder, which adapts the length of the tool according to the size of the part to be produced, in-cycle, without machine down times or manual re-tooling: the ideal solution for batch-one and kit production.

How to make production independent of external variations? 

Each P4 panel bender integrates advanced sensors that measure the material thickness and the real size of the blank, and detects any deformations caused by variations in temperature. The data are fed in real time into the bending formula, which defines the correct force to apply to the sheet metal, guaranteeing the precision, repeatability and quality of the finished product. 

How to adapt the panel bender to different production needs?

In addition to the automatic ABA blank-holder, the P4 offers a range of options to guarantee maximum versatility and adaptability, to suit any production strategy or mix.

How to make the process reactive to changes in the production lists?

P4 is the ideal bending solution for flexible line or cell production. It can be equipped with proprietary OPS software, which ensures communication between the panel bender and the factory ERP: depending on needs, OPS manages the production of sequences of different parts. Universal bending tools, automatic in-cycle set-up and automatic handling allow the system to respond to any requests immediately.

 

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Flexible Automation

It uses universal bending tools which automatically adapt in-cycle to the panel geometry, without machine down times or manual re-tooling, allowing batch-one or kit productions.

Sustainable Technology

The technical solutions adopted (Direct Drive and pneumatic and electric drives) allow it to respect both people and the environment without reducing its productivity. 

Adaptive System

The integrated adaptive technologies (advanced sensors, bending formula, MAC2.0) make the system intelligent and able to automatically adapt to changes in the material and the external environment.

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