Breakthrough Brake Press Automation
It’s known that automated brake press systems offer increased productivity for metal fabricators. Most manual brake press cells only operate at 65% utilization, making robotic automation attractive with utilization rates near 80-90%.
12 Reasons to Consider Press Brake Automation:
Throughput: Automation delivers consistent output and offers enhanced throughput
Labor Issues: Manufacturers have a difficult time finding workers to perform repetitive tasks
Safety: Robots don’t get tired or injured. Brake press operators are highly susceptible to injury and strain
Quality: Automation increases quality of all aspects of your brake press process
Process Control: Reduction in process variation
Utilization: As stated above, most non-automated cells operate under 65% utilization
Flexibility: Offline programming software helps create and test new press brake programs easily
Predictability: Predictable production scheduling and system maintenance
Reliability: Robots are highly reliable and greatly improve manufacturing uptime
Long runs of the same part: Manual systems tend to take up 1 brake press and 1 operator
Heavy and unsafe parts: People are moved from moving parts that are difficult to handle or may require more than one operator
Competitive: Robotic automation has been proven to reduce costs and keeps US companies competitive in the global market.
Depending on your brake press process, there are many different cell layouts and robot brands that can help you optimize your production as well as your floor space.
What to Consider when Selecting a Robot
Part size – length & width
Required reach / robot working range
Are external axis required for servo positioning device?
Equipment and Components Involved
Multiple infeed/outfeed configurations for continuous operation of the cell
Custom end-of-arm tooling with multiple zones to handle a variety of parts
Automatic end-of-arm tool changing options
Squaring table for proper positions of the EOAT
Re-grip stand(s) to re-orientate the positioning of the EOAT necessary for multiple bends in parts
Tool storage station
Robot mounting configuration
Material thickness gauge
Midwest Engineered Systems custom engineers solutions to work with your brake press throughout the metal bending process. Robots are programmed for proper placement and holding power to increase the quality of each part!