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Many fabricators require an easy-to-use bending solution that is affordable, and which will complement their existing cutting and welding facilities. To meet this requirement, First Cut principal Bystronic, a global provider of high-quality solutions for sheet metal processing businesses, has released the 100/3100, 160/3100 and 225/4100 models of its Xact Smart press brake range in South Africa.

FIRSTCUTapril2018XactSmart1In terms of bending force, the 100/3100 model will exert 100 tons/1600 kN, the 160/3100 160 tons/1600 kN, and the 225/4100 model 225 tons/2250 kN. The 100/3100 and the 160/3100 offer bending lengths of 3100mm while the 225/4100 model has a 4100mm bending length. The standard stroke for all three machines is 200 mm and each has an open height of 480mm. The option to extend the daylight and stroke by 100mm to an open height of 580 mm is available on all three models.

Other features of these press brakes are an intuitive user interface, LED work-space lighting, Fast Bend increased speed as well as options of two, four or five-axis back gauge, hydraulic tool clamping, and a laser safety system. With the use of Bystronic’s BySoft 7 CAD/CAM software, it is possible to design parts, create cutting plans and bending programmes. When manufacturing, it is possible to monitor the production process, and the software will integrate Xact Smart press brakes with other ‘smart’ machines in a factory operating environment.

The Bystronic Bend Solver application allows for the calculation of all bending parameters. Bend Solver illustrates complex calculations using easily understandable visualisations. Depending on the material and its thickness, it provides the information about the required bending force, box height, upper tool height, the lower tool opening, the radius, and the minimum flange length. In addition, should a manufacturing facility have a number of Bystronic press brakes of varying capacities, it is possible to establish which bending machine will be most suitable for the job at hand.

Bystronic also offers a comprehensive range of tools that will cover most bending applications. These tools will fit a range of clamping systems, while the hydraulic clamping of tools allows for rapid changes leading to greater productivity. Bystronic tools are manufactured using high-strength tempered 42CrMo4 steel, with deep inductive hardening to between 58 and 62 HRC.

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