11/11/2019 | 1 MINUTE READ

Automatic Tool Changer for Dual-Drive Press Brakes

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MC Machinery Systems’s high-capacity automatic tool changer for its BH series of dual-drive press brakes is designed to increase production levels and utilization rates while reducing setup time, especially in high-mix, low-volume environments.

MC Machinery Systems’s high-capacity automatic tool changer (ATC) for its BH series of dual-drive press brakes is designed to increase production levels and utilization rates while reducing setup time, especially in high-mix, low-volume environments.

The ATC allows for fully automated tool setup and removal, freeing up the operator to perform other tasks. Its available 107.3- x 170.6-ft. storage capacity allows for a lot of tooling variation, ranging from high-runner V-dies to specialized hemming or offset tools. Up to 2” V-die openings and 19.7” lengths can be placed with the single, large-capacity tool manipulator with the added functionality of pick and place for small tool sections for setups that do not require the full setup to be removed. The manipulator is also equipped with a tool and bed cleaner that runs automatically during tool changes.

The ATC is engineered for operators of all experience levels. Programs can be created offline using DiamondBend software, at the control, or imported from other MOS controlled press brakes. Further support for operators is available with MC Machinery’s VIDERE operator support system for real-time bending information, sequences and automatic tool changes.

According to MC Machinery, more companies are looking at adding tool changers to their forming departments. This trend has gained momentum due to industry and market factors, such as updating their laser processing equipment or finding qualified people to staff their forming departments. Metalworking companies are seeking ways to add efficiency to their blanking departments. 

Machines equipped with the ATC are not limited to the tools in the changer’s storage. The machine can be used as a stand-alone press brake or automated system, allowing for the flexibility for one-off jobs, according to the company.

 

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