FABTECH PREVIEW: LVD making bending automation affordable with D-CELL

LVD is introducing D-Cell, its most competitively-priced robotic bending cell yet. The system combines a 55-ton hydraulic press brake with Kuka industrial robot and LVD’s unique programming software. D-Cell will make its North American debut at FABTECH, booth A4501.

With D-Cell, LVD says it’s making bending automation an investment that’s easily justified. As manufacturers look to balance costs, quality, throughput and agility, D-Cell offers the flexibility to handle production of a wide range of parts with fast throughput, in varying lot sizes, and at a minimized cost.

At the heart of D-Cell is the versatile PPED press brake. A simple, cost-efficient design makes PPED practical and easy to use for a variety of bending jobs. Its rigid construction, welded one-piece frame and servo-controlled hydraulic system ensure consistent bending results. It delivers 55 tons of pressing force, has a 78.7” (2000 mm) working length, four-axis backgauge, and handles part sizes from 1.4” x 3.9” (35 x 100 mm) up to 15.8” x 23.6” (400 x 600 mm) with a part weight of up to 8.8 pounds (4 kg).

D-Cell features the same powerful automatic programming software as LVD’s Dyna-Cell and Ulti-Form robotic bending systems. Using CADMAN® software, D-Cell accelerates “art to part” production in 20 minutes or less. It generates the bending and robot program automatically in 10 minutes and then takes just 10 minutes for set-up and first part production. No robot teaching is needed, making D-Cell easy to program no matter the user’s experience level. Also simplifying its operation: The system uses one interface, one controller for both press brake and robot.

A universal gripper designed by LVD effortlessly handles different part sizes, bends up to three flanges without regripping and easily moves between tool stations. Its universal application saves investment in custom grippers, reduces changeover time, and keeps production continuous.

D-Cell is a compact unit, requiring only 16 ft x 17 ft (5000 mm x 5200 mm) of floor space. The cell provides four input pallets with inclined plane for different part formats, a center station and output pallets or boxes. With a high input of raw material and a high output capacity, long production runs are possible.

D-Cell offers the versatility to operate in manual mode with backgauge fingers configured for both robotic and manual bending.

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