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New era of servo-driven bending automation

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To meet a growing interest in new technologies, Advanced Sheetmetal Technologies recently conducted its inaugural annual FINN-POWER bending technology seminars that bring together many users of this rapidly advancing technology.

Held concurrently in Melbourne, Sydney, Christchurch and Auckland, the events introduced all the new technologies the user groups were expected to utilise in order to gain maximum productivity in the marketplace.

As an example of presenter calibre, the event held at Melbourne's Novotel Hotel in Glen Waverley, featured high profile FINN-POWER personnel from various countries, including Roberto De Rossi, an Ebe Servo Machine specialist from FINN-POWER Italia.

Mr De Rossi detailed the depth of capability of the Ebe bending technology, particularly to manufacturers using materials with sensitive surfaces such as stainless steel or those pre-painted, especially in consumer goods manufacture.

In particular, the audience was shown how automated bending technology has evolved as much as the machines that process flat metal blanks (such as punching and shearing equipment), yet the sheetmetal market has given this aspect far less attention.

Delegates were provided with technical information on how these machines work, their limitations, typical applications, options available and what purpose they serve.

Much of the technical delivery by Mr De Rossi's focused on the FINN-POWER Ebe Express bending machine, a totally automated unit that is making fast incursions into an essentially manual market populated by hand-operated press brakes.

This machine has created worldwide interest as it is the first time the world has been served with bending equipment using servo controllers instead of commonplace hydraulic controllers.

The result is completely accurate automation of complex tasks, better bending quality, increased flexibility, environmentally friendly operation, reduction in tedious and costly stoppages, less vibration and noise, and much lesser use of electricity and oil.

Furthermore, Mr De Rossi pointed out that a key progression has been development of increased computer power, infinitely smarter software, introduction of industrial robots and the development of specialised bending machines.

The overall gains are in production, cost-efficiency and quality of bent parts, faster times to market, greater gains in OH&S standards in the workplace, and the higher standard of competitiveness that can be achieved by small to medium size companies.

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