Global fabrication is demanding an ever-greater variety of sizes and shapes of bent parts. Bystronic’s Mobile Bending Cell, which operates in tandem with Bystronic’s Xpert 40 press brake, provides a solution to this challenge with a compact design. The Xpert 40 was designed to be transportable by forklift, so that it can be easily moved for optimised deployment.

FIRSTCUTfebruary2018Bystronicmobilebendingcell1Bystronic’s Mobile Bending Cell, which was recognised with an award for innovative solutions in the field of sheet-metal processing at the Blechexpo 2017 exhibition, is available in South Africa from First Cut, Bystronic’s South African distributor and leader in the provision of capital equipment and consumables.

With its combination of automation and press brake, the Xpert 40 allows for the bending of ‘one-off’ components. The Mobile Bending Cell is moved to one side in order to take manual control, and can be quickly and easily re-engaged as it automatically aligns itself with the Xpert 40. Although compact, the Xpert 40 still features a 40-ton bending capacity and can carry out 1,028 bends an hour – three times more than larger press brakes.

The ByMotion control system provides for high levels of dynamics with bending speeds of more than 25 mm/sec. ByMotion software regulates the relationship between speed, power and balance, providing component consistency during long production runs.

FIRSTCUTfebruary2018Bystronicmobilebendingcell2With the Xpert 40’s control system, it is possible to control the Mobile Bending Cell from a single touch screen. The ByVision Bending user interface has been designed to be process-oriented and intuitive; and has been equipped with an extensive database of sheet-metal types and bending tools. Operators can speedily decide on the appropriate tool set, the angle sequence and the bending force required.

ByVision software can be accessed by mobile devices and also controls the Xpert 40’s Xpert Tool Changer. This system allows for the fast automated changing of tools, which, in turn, delivers reduced set-up times and improved bending quality. The Tool Changer scans any new tool and automatically includes it into the Xpert 40’s magazine, without having to re-programme or call on a service technician.

The Xpert 40 is equipped with the Fast Bend e-camera safety device, and a monitoring service called the “Observer” is an option with the Mobile Bending Cell. This allows users to monitor all real-time processes in the press brake. The system supplies live stream and process data to mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.

With its “Plug and Bend” principle of operation, the compact Mobile Bending Cell can quickly be set up and activated in any manufacturing environment. The Xpert 40/Mobile Bending Cell combination offers a fast, versatile and cost-effective alternative to larger press brakes.


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