Complex parts manufactured quickly and precisely
The integrated combination of laser cutting, forming, thread cutting and bending capabilities opens up a wealth of production benefits for sheet metal working. AMADA will be presenting its latest machine from this segment, the LASBEND AJ, at EuroBLECH 2012.
The AMADA LASBEND AJ provides top-quality combination technology for the fast production of prototypes as well as for the manufacture of individual parts and small runs within a self-contained production process. The AJ vertical fiber laser with output of 2,000 Watts and rotary bending unit guarantee top precision while simultaneously permitting extremely fast machining times. In addition, small, complex specialty workpieces that it would be all but impossible to manufacture using conventional technologies can be machined accurately and reliably thanks to the presence of handling robots.
High-precision production lowers costs
The LASBEND AJ provides an integrated combination of laser cutting, forming, thread cutting and bending capabilities. During the first step, the fiber laser cuts subpanels which are guided vertically through the machine during subsequent processing. The fiber laser also makes it possible to machine difficult-to-cut materials such as copper or brass. The particularly secure clamping of the workpieces during the cutting process forms the basis for high-precision production, which in turn results in reduced manufacturing costs. The unique bending unit boasts an innovative enhancement: During the bending process, the newly installed BI-J angle measurement system measures the bending angle and is able to adjust bending control if required. This guarantees the absolute dimensional accuracy of the manufactured part. The bending unit possesses a total of ten controlled axes which make it possible to perform even the most complex bending operations without the use of a backgauge.
Saving time in production
The suspended subpanels are guided vertically through the bending tools which travel to the part and shape it by means of rotary movements. The automatic tool changer present in the bending module makes it possible to process complex workpieces without the need for manual intervention. The fact that the bending unit is able to bend several different parts from the same sheet brings about considerable time savings. The increased bending speed also contributes greatly to the economic efficiency of the new combination machine. At the same time, the optimized CAM software and AMNC control unit ensure ease of operation.