Continuing a discussion of CNC folding machines from our April issue, details of the machine operation and dynamics illuminate their distinction from press brakes.
Folding machines are evolving by adding degrees of automation, one feature at a time. But there is a lot more to it than just replacing manual handling. From CAD drawing to finished parts, the most advanced folders can run lights-out, producing top-level accuracy on some very difficult jobs.
We let Wila speak for themselves about their advanced crowning system for press brakes. Of course they’re enthusiastic about the results of their labors; they’re also thorough, so we didn’t hold them back.
Midland Metals has expanded its capabilities to control the chaos.
‘Pre-preventative’ maintenance tells you what is required before trouble happens, through sensors, computer analysis, and networking.
New solutions help solve the age-old challenge of eliminating die marks on metal materials when using a press brake
Automated setup capabilities are integral to making automated short-run production economical for fabricators. Of course, the goal is to eventually reach the point where short-run production is actually economical on a fully automated system.“What we really need is automatic tool changing,” he says. “The system has to not just be able to operate by itself,… Continued