Product overview

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, including the use of only pneumatic and electric actuators, allow it to respect both people and the environment without reducing productivity. The panel bender consumes less than 3 kW and has truly compact overall dimensions, of just 8 m2.

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.

With the bending unit’s patented kinematics, the P1 panel bender can bend a wide variety of items, achieving bends that cannot be made on any other bending machine. 

 Flexible automation
 Sustainable technology
 Adaptive system
 Connectivity 4.0
 Great versatility
  • How does it work?

    Upper and lower blade, counterblade and blankholder are the four universal tools used to process the whole range of thicknesses and machinable materials, from 0.4 to 1.6 mm, during the cycle and without machine down times or manual re-tooling

  • Operating mode: simple, quick and lean

    Bending on each side of the sheet is achieved thanks to controlled, interpolated movements of blades installed on a bladeholder that features patented kinematics.

  • Controlled centering

    The sheet metal is centered, just once at the start of the process, against controlled mechanical stops: the cycle time is minimized and any precision errors are all absorbed by the first bend. The mechanical stops are a further guarantee of finished panels of the correct size, every time.

  • Proprietary bending formula

    Developed over the years, the bending formula defines the force and manages the movements of the universal tools, analyzing different parameters in real time, including deflections, temperature and thickness, guaranteeing the precision, repeatability and quality of the finished product.

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Intelligent design, intuitive and easy-to-use: FACE is the Salvagnini human-machine interface for the whole product range.


MAC2.0 detects any differences in the mechanical characteristics of the material compared to their nominal value during the cycle, adapting the movements of the bending unit and the manipulator to compensate them.

Industria 4.0

Digital transformation and Industry 4.0 are key topics for staying competitive on the market. When adopted, they can implement and manage complex, integrated, highly automated high-performance systems, and can help to develop simple solutions that require no structural changes to the production layout, making the world of smart manufacturing much more accessible.


P-Robot is a new application combining a Salvagnini panel bender with a robot to produce kits, batches, and single parts autonomously.

  • Ceiling light

    Find out how easily Salvagnini P1 bends a galvanized ceiling light of 0.5mm thickness.

  • Drawer

    Find out how easily Salvagnini P1 bends a galvanized drawer of 1mm thickness.

  • Tray

    Find out how easily Salvagnini P1 bends a galvanized tray of 1,25 mm thickness.

  • Electrical box

    Find out how easily Salvagnini P1 bends a galvanized electrical box of 1,5 mm thickness.

  • Case study: AKE

    This case study shows how AKE reduced the production time and bending steps of many complex profiles while minimizing the dependability on skilled staff and improving repeatability and accuracy, which made downstream operations, such as robotic welding, much easier.

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Intelligent system, consistent quality

Practically everything you ever wanted to know about the P1 panel bender, satisfactorily explained.


Conventional bending is characterized by an average OEE of 30%, and flexibility depends on the tool change system, which is often costly and time-consuming, with longer times compared to panel benders, or on the installation of more than one press brake. The P1 compact electric panel bender natively combines productivity, with its automatic bending and handling cycles, and flexibility, with its universal bending tools.

The P1 doesn’t require re-tooling: the upper and lower blades, the counterblade and the blankholder are universal tools that are able to process the whole range of thicknesses and machinable materials.

Loading and unloading are performed by the operator, who positions the sheet metal on the worktable and collects the product after bending. The P1's cycle minimizes the impact of these activities on total cycle time, as it allows the product to be unloaded after positioning the sheet on the worktable, thus combining two operations in a single action. 

The set-up has minimal impact on the panel bender's productivity: when the program is loaded, the blankholder automatically adapts in masked time, and the manipulator gets into position for gripping and handling the sheet. 

The P1 is equipped with the ABA automatic blankholder, which automatically adapts the length of the tool according to the size of the part to be produced without the need for machine downtime or manual re-tooling even in-cycle: the ideal solution for batch-one and kit production.

The very small masses involved and the optimized dimensions of the panel bender allow the bladeholder to reach a greater degree of freedom in its movements, and positions from where it can even make bends that would not be feasible on other panel benders. Furthermore, the electric drives and patented kinematics allow bending in less than 2 seconds.

MAC2.0 is the set of integrated technologies – sensors, formulas and algorithms – that make the panel bender intelligent: it eliminates waste and reduces corrections, measuring in-cycle and automatically compensating any variability in the material being machined.

The P1 integrates advanced sensors that measure the effective size of the part to be machined. 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. 

With the bending unit's patented kinematics, the P1 panel bender can achieve bends and geometries that cannot be made on any other bending machine.

The P1 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, in-cycle set-up and automatic handling allow the system to respond to any requests immediately.

The sheet metal is centered, just once at the start of the process, against controlled reference stops: this minimizes the cycle time as well as any precision errors, which are all absorbed by the first bend. The bending formula automatically optimizes the bending parameters to reduce waste, while MAC2.0 detects and automatically compensates any variability in the material to guarantee precise, high-quality bends.


Industry has changed: flexibility and efficiency are fundamental requirements for managing increasingly smaller batches or rapid item turnover rate.  And developments in technology have in some way upset the balance between workloads, with increasingly fast systems which however need to be guided by more and more specific machine programs, the generation of which is increasingly time-consuming. This is why software is increasingly crucial to improving the efficiency of machinery.

STREAM is Salvagnini’s answer to the modern industrial context, a programming suite that improves reactivity and reduces costs, operating errors and process inefficiencies.

OPS is the Salvagnini modular production management software which optimizes the entire production process, exchanging real-time information between the machinery and the factory ERP/MRP.

Salvagnini’s IoT solution, increases the global efficiency of the panel bender. LINKS allows real-time monitoring of the machine’s performance and independent analysis.

Technical data



Maximum length of incoming sheet (mm)


Maximum width of incoming sheet (mm)


Maximum diagonal that can be rotated (mm)


Maximum bending force (kN)


Maximum clamping force (kN)


Maximum bending length (mm)


Maximum bending height (mm)


Minimum thickness (mm)


Maximum thickness and bending angle steel, UTS 410 N/mm2 (mm)

1.60 (±90°)
1.30 (±130°)

Maximum thickness and bending angle stainless steel, UTS 660 N/mm2 (mm)

1.30 (±90°)
1.10 (±120°)

Maximum thickness and bending angle aluminium, UTS 265 N/mm2 (mm)

1.60 (±120°)
1.10 (±130°)

Average consumption (kW)


Noise level (Machine Directive 2006/42/EC) (dB)


Values refer to a standard machine. Salvagnini reserves the right to modify this data without warning.