Flexible automated bending
As seen in ISMR, May 2022
Rapid industrial developments in recent years continue to set tough challenges. Because industry has changed, large batches (typical of series production) have changed to small-medium sized batches or have been completely replaced by just-in-time production. A high item-turnover rate, shortened lead times and a constant lack of highly qualified personnel have moved the focus to automation and robotisation, which allows production to be extended beyond traditional manned work shifts and ensures that operatives are engaged only in activities with high added-value.
“Robotisation is not simple, but it remains a very current trend. New installations of robots in the manufacturing industry grew by 13% YOY in 2021, while robots in use number over three million. This is why we are introducing P-Robot, a new application which combines a panel bender with a robot to produce kits, batches and single parts autonomously,” sheet metal specialist Salvagnini told ISMR.“We have been involved with robotics applied to sheet metal processing for some time,” explained Nicola Artuso, Salvagnini product manager for bending technologies. “We wanted a smart solution which was much simpler than those already on the market: simpler to program, simpler to use and able - if possible - to exponentially improve the flexibility and productivity of our panel benders. And we also wanted a solution suited to our compact panel benders, not just the automatic ones. With P-Robot, we are sure we have achieved our goal.”
Flexibility in focus
P-Robot offers a compact and modular layout, is integrated on both the hardware and the software sides, designed to make robot programming as simple as possible and allows for a certain level of customisation to respond to specific production requirements.“This P-Robot incorporates a P1, but we can also apply it to the P2 and P4,” Artuso continued. “The P1 is our electric panel bender, with energy consumption of less than 3kW ..."