Leading Australian sheetmetal equipment supplier, Sheetmetal Machinery, will demonstrate its innovative range of bending, folding, laser cutting and materials handling solutions to the manufacturing industry at Austech 2012 in Sydney, Stand D110.
With a special focus on bending technology, Sheetmetal Machinery will demonstrate the advances bending and folding technology have made in recent years, and how a combination of press brakes and folding machines for instance can make any fabrication facility much more productive and give it a leg up on the competition. Automation technology has helped lean-out fabricators significantly, even job shops with high-mix, low-volume operations. Most cut parts must also undergo a bending process, and in this arena the press brake has always dominated—for good reason.
The press brake is a flexible, cost-effective bending system that can bend everything from small, intricate components to massive plate. For years press brakes have undergone a gradual transition from mechanical to hydraulic and, finally, electric. The overall goal of any bending operation is threefold: to produce parts accurately, quickly, and safely.
Sheetmetal expert Safan was among the first to develop fully electric press brakes, and Sheetmetal Machinery will demonstrate the Safan servo-electronic press brake E-Brake 80-2550 for pressure forces up to 300 tons and working lengths of up to 4 metres. While machine designers have performed a balancing act between the three overall goals of bending operations – accuracy, speed and safety –, sometimes sacrificing one factor to promote others, these three factors are easier to juggle in the electric press brake arena.
“Without crowning you obtain the most accurate and constant bending angle along the full working length of the machine,” explains Brigitte Stavar from Sheetmetal Machinery. “Safan E-Brakes contribute perfectly to your sustainable business, while at the same time making your business operations much more economic. The absence of hydraulics means that the problems associated with environmentally harmful and risky oil are a thing of the past!”
Moreover, the unique, patented roller drive system in the upper beam ensures a uniform and even distribution of forces. A balanced combination of powerful electro-motors, fixed and movable rollers and specially developed belts facilitate capacities of up to 300 tons.
For shop owners looking for a way to bend sheetmetal parts that is not tool- or labour-intensive, a folding machine might be right for your application. Folding machines can be an efficient and productive way to get large, medium to low volume jobs done. Several advances in recent years have made folders suitable for a diverse range of workpieces.
First, servo-electric motors now drive the folding beam at extremely high speeds, often up to 150 degrees a second. This effectively eliminates the speed disadvantage. Second, single-beam folding systems now bend bi-directionally, both up and down. “This eliminates the difficult part-flipping earlier systems required,” Mrs Stavar explains. “The beam swings up to form an up-bend, then moves out and around the previously formed flange, repositioning itself against the part to make a down-bend, and so on.”
The new RAS XL-Centre on show at the Sheetmetal Machinery stand ticks all those boxes and offers technical excellence with 3200mm folding length at 1.5mm mild steel capacity. Sheetmetal Machinery introduces this new folding innovation for roofing and architectural profiles, which is based on the XXL-Centre technology. By folding the part up and down the new model reduces material handling to a minimum.
Moreover, Sheetmetal Machinery promotes the E-Ventures Centurio, an automatic sheetmetal slitting and cutting machine with an automated coil warehousing system. “The Centurio is a revolutionary new machine that is fundamentally changing the way metal coils are handled and stored, resulting in dramatic and measurable efficiencies in the metal component industry,” explains Mrs Stavar. “The newly-introduced Centurio is an automatic coil handling and warehousing system for light gauge sheetmetal that is allowing metal forming factories to improve production time and reduce scrap rates, while reducing labour requirements, enhancing safety and saving space.”
Laser cutting and notching
For those looking to efficiently cut acrylic, stainless, aluminium or mild steel parts, the El.En. S.pA. laser cutting system offered by Sheetmetal Machinery might be the answer. It uses the latest mid-size CO2 laser technology built by El.En. S.p.A. Combined with new fast linear motors 3-axis CNC gantry system it is capable of clean piercing within 0.4sec (no blow-out) on 12mm steel and engrave raster images on different material.
Other exhibits include an ergonomic electric press brake for small parts from Coastone, corner forming from ACF and the latest creation from SIMASV Italy, a 30°>140° variable angle hydraulic notching machine AV226/PA-CNC. The punching head is controlled independently and operating via a changeover switch allows it to shift easily from the notching to the punching step. Simasv fixed and variable angle notchers will also be on display.
Sheetmetal Machinery Australia Pty Ltd
45/756 Burwood Highway
Ferntree Gully, VIC, 3156
Ph: 03 9758 9377