P4 - Range of automatic panel benders
The P4 panel bender natively combines productivity, with its automatic bendingandhandling cycles, and flexibility, with its universal bending tools.
It uses universal bending tools which automatically adapt in-cycle to the panel geometry, without machine down times or manual re-tooling, allowing batch-one or kit productions.
The technical solutions adopted (Direct Drive and pneumatic and electric actuators) allow it to respect both people and the environment without reducing its productivity.
The integrated adaptive technologies (advanced sensors, bending formula, MAC3.0) make the system intelligent and able to automatically adapt to changes in the material and the external environment, eliminating waste and corrections, and extending the range of products that can be made.
The proprietary LINKS and OPS softwares establish communication between the system and the company departments involved in the production flow.
How to combine productivity and flexibility?
Conventional bending is characterized by an average OEE of 30%, with flexibility dependent on the tool change system - which is often costly and more time-consuming than on a panel bender - or on the installation of more than one press brake. The P4 panel bender, on the other hand, natively combines productivity, with its automatic bending and handling cycles, and flexibility, with its universal bending tools. And with its advanced cycles, the P4lean completes an average of 17 bends per minute.
How long does re-tooling take?
The P4 panel bender doesn’t need re-tooling: the upper and lower blades, the counterblade and the blankholder are universal tools that are able to process the whole range of thicknesses and machinable materials.
What is the best configuration?
With its fifteen models available, Salvagnini offers the widest range of panel benders on the market today. Each of these models can be configured and customized with many options, to respond to many different production needs. After a feasibility study made on the key parts to be produced, Salvagnini can drive each customer in the choice of the most suitable panel bender, according to variables including production strategies, field of application, level of automation required for loading and unloading semi-finished parts, options for achieving full versatility and, if necessary, types of auxiliary technologies such as cutting, punching and press bending, allowing the panel bender to express its productivity to the full.
How to produce in kits or batch-one?
The P4 is equipped with the ABA automatic blankholder, which automatically adapts the length of the tool according to the size of the part to be produced, without the need for machine downtime or manual re-tooling even in-cycle: the ideal solution for batch-one and kit production.
How to make production independent of changes in material?
MAC3.0 is the set of integrated technologies – sensors, formulas and algorithms – that make the panel bender intelligent: it eliminates waste and reduces corrections, measuring in-cycle and automatically compensating any variability in the material being machined.
How to make production independent of external variations?
Each P4 panel bender integrates advanced sensors that measure the material thickness and the real size of the blank, and detects any deformations caused by variations in temperature. The data are fed in real time into the bending formula, which defines the correct force to apply to the sheet metal, guaranteeing the precision, repeatability and quality of the finished product.
How to adapt the panel bender to different production needs?
In addition to the automatic ABA blankholder, the P4 offers a range of options to guarantee maximum versatility and adaptability, to suit any production strategy or mix.
How to make the process reactive to changes in the production lists?
P4 is the ideal bending solution for flexible line or cell production. It can be equipped with proprietary OPS software, which ensures communication between the panel bender and the factory ERP: depending on needs, OPS manages the production of sequences of different parts. Universal bending tools, automatic in-cycle set-up and automatic handling allow the system to respond to any requests immediately.
How to achieve maximum precision?
The sheet metal is centered, just once at the start of the process, against controlled reference stops: this minimizes the cycle time as well as any precision errors, which are all absorbed by the first bend. The bending formula automatically optimizes the bending parameters to reduce waste, while MAC3.0 detects and automatically compensates any variability in the material to guarantee precise, high-quality bends.