setups and represents only a slightly higher cost
than standard tooling.
The upper tools can also be rotated 180 degrees
and inserted into the beam for added versatility.
Sensor technology detects new tools and integrates them into the tool magazine and verifies
that tools are properly seated.
The Xpert Tool Changer system is equipped
with a cleaning nozzle that cleans the whole
length of the bending table using compressed air
prior to inserting new tools.
MC Machinery Systems
National Sales Manager
The biggest thing right now is the devices—
robots and other tool-changing devices. By
robots I mean a 5-axis articulated robot moving
the tools in and out of the machine without an
operator. The intent is to change the tools faster
without human intervention and mistakes.
We’ve developed another tool to help operators
who do change the tooling. The Videre system,
that’s Latin for vision, projects the setup information onto the ram to show the operator where
the tools should go. It projects the tool name and
tool profile, showing the shape and height of the
tool to be loaded and simultaneously shows the
proper visual and numeric position for the tool
to scale. The operator can choose the tool that
matches the image and put it in place under the
image. This same projection system displays the
part being bent on the ram, also in real time.
This larger image illuminates right in front of the
operator and is much easier to see than an image
off to the side on a control screen.
Our machine also has a process that helps an
operator be sure he has the right tool and die
in place. Once the upper and lower tools are in
place, the software directs the brake to bring
the tools to a shut position with 2 tons of pres-
sure or less—not enough pressure to damage the
tools. If the shut height registers within a few
thousandths of what is expected for the tooling,
it verifies that the correct tools have been loaded
and the ram goes up to allow the forming process
Bill Bossard, President
Our strategy and thought process is to devise
and build a press brake with a tool set that
can be rearranged within six to eight seconds.
We’re headed down the road in terms of tool
adjustments as opposed to tool changing. Our
automatic tool adjustment (ATA) simply rearranges the tooling to correspond to the particular
Segmented punches—in lengths that have been
thought out to cover any formed dimension from
2 in. up—are set up. Segmented dies, exactly
equal to the punch segments, are also set up so
both the punches and dies can be adjusted for the
bends required by a series of individual parts.
The ATA can be paired with a tool set changer
(TSC) to save more time when tooling needs to be
changed, for example, from a straight punch to
a gooseneck punch or from one V-die opening to
Tom Bailey, TruBend Product Manager
Although mechanical tooling is a fairly established innovation for press brakes, its cost
slowed down its adoption. Now, more manufacturers are getting into complex designs, and that
is pushing them to invest more in tooling. Rather
than using lower dies made of hard pieces of