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If you liked the last robot bending video we did - you will love this one. This is our Jeep Gas tank Skid Plates being bent on the same robot. This is a very large, and complicated part that really shows the capabilities of this robot and pushes the limits of what it can do. Even the engineers who install the equipment and train the operators thought we wouldn't be able to run this on the robot. But ultimately we got it figured out.

It's something you just watch with a "Holy Crap - that's awesome" feeling.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M2O7B7ykAw


BTW - yes it does mean our gas tank skids are finally back in stock too. ;)
 

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That's freakin awesome. One cool machine there. How many ton press is that and what's it really capable of? The 1/4" plate seems like child's play for that thing...

Thanks for sharing!

Best of Luck,

Mike
 

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Thanks for sharing Dave.
 

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Awesome!!!!

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wow...

I'm working toward a CAD/CAM A.A.S. degree, then a B.S. in something dealing with solid modeling and CNC machines. These things amaze me...
 

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WOW insane!

That is super complex...I just still don't get some of it lol. To me, it would seem that the strong part in that machine is the actual robotic arm that pics up the skid because it is the one doing the bending. The 'press' is just acting as a vice, correct? Also, how do suction cups hold that thing so steady and not flex at all? And the press looks beveled, and seems like it would cut the metal if it compressed all the way. What is the thing behind the press blades? Looks like it holds it from the back and then lets go.

Lol just curious on how these things work...it interests me!
 

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The press brake does the bending, it has a "V" punch and die. The Robot just follows along with the piece, it does not do the bending. The ram of the press is CNC programmed to stop at an exact depth to achieve the degree of bend required. The bar behind the point of operation of the press brake is a CNC controlled back gauge, which stops the material in the exact position necessary to put the bend in the right place. The robot picks it up, and holds it in place, while the press brake holds it at the exact place and performs the exact degree of bend, more precisely than the robot, using suctionn cups, could, then the robot takes it and stacks it and goes back to get another piece to start the whole operation again.

That's the simplified version. I do this for a living.
 

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No one. It allowed us to be more efficient, so jobs stayed here rather than going offshore!
 

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just curious but have you priced out a progressive die??
 

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i always love confusing the engineers and doing things they think can't be done....i've had the designers from switzerland call and ask how we did things with their machines lol. one question i have for you is on the first bend you have the robot release then regrab the plate after the bend....why? is it just a programming glitch that was never removed because it isn't hurting anything or does it serve some purpose? also i'm assuming you have the whole operation slowed down for better filming?
 

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It's metal pornography! Really cool!
 
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