Automation and software together to increase press brake productivity

11-15-2021
As seen in FFJournal, November 2021

ATA is a proprietary Salvagnini, Hamilton, Ohio, solution, which is unique on the market, and makes it possible to automatically adjust the length of the bending tools of the B3 press brake to the part being processed. This automatic tool adjuster makes it possible to make full use of the press brake to produce batch-one or kits without compromising on productivity. We met with Nicola Artuso and Stefano Cera, respectively Salvagnini Product Managers for bending technologies and software solutions, to speak about this with them.

OEE is the measure of the total efficiency of a system. In traditional press brakes, depending on the production, it can drop to 30% because, even in the case of advanced, precise and fast technologies, manual press brakes are limited by factors such as re-tooling and set-up times as well as downtimes for sheet metal feeding and part handling and checking. To improve the OEE of the B3 press brakes, Salvagnini has introduced a modular and scalable concept of automation that can increase their flexibility and independence, allowing them to adapt when re-tooling and managing the tools according to production. The aim is to reduce the impact of process variables on bending and to provide greater certainty in terms of machining times, costs and budgets.