RoboBend - is the World's first standard bending robot that solves the problem of finding qualified machine operators, provides higher capacity on company’s present machines, lowers production costs and delivers consistent high quality for your clients.
According to interviews conducted with key metal industry players, today there are 1.5 million press brake machines around the globe in the metal processing industry operated by humans, doing repeatable and dangerous work every day. Monotonous, risky work forced the future generations to look for other jobs and industries rather than take open vacancies in the Metal Industry, that resulted in severe labour shortages – European Commission’s market data analytics company Skills Panorama predicts 2.7 million unfilled metal machinery job vacancies in the EU by 2030. Probably the best solution to this challenge is using robots that replace humans in controlling the press brake, solves safety issues and allows workers to work in other parts of production.
RoboBend is designed to make it simple to use at any production environment, for any worker with no special training. First, the operator specifies the piece that needs to be bent through an easy-to-use user interface. This process is repeated only for new pieces since all information is stored and can be accessed from the cloud server. The robot starts operating – it picks up
prefabricated pieces from the feeder system with the robot arm and relevant gripper (vacuum, mechanical, electromagnetic), places them in the bending machine, takes them out once bent, and neatly stacks them on a pallet. It operates until all prefabricated pieces are bent and the feeder cartridge needs to be replaced.
An important component in RoboBend is the press brake control interface (RBMI) – the brain, which has embedded the software giving an “intelligent solution” and allows RoboBend to work with any existing press brake on the market. This is a key feature and makes RoboBend easy to implement and to use – providing the robot control over the machine, easy programming interface, quality control and at the same time is based on Industry 4.0 philosophy, making it possible to integrate data from the cloud and from other sources to optimize both the set-up and daily machine performance.