Automation

Automation of industrial processes will be the next challenge for the sheet metal forming industry. Through proprietary developments and together with different business partners, THALMANN has made significant steps to meet Industry 4.0 standards.

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The recently launched fully automated side loading and flipping equipment has proven to increase operational efficiencies. The development of “The Base” jointly with Cidan Machinery group, a fully automated sheet metal bending operation including a slitting line, allows bending operations to work without an operator at the production line.

The availability of different software interfaces on THALMANN Machines enables folders to be fully integrated into existing production lines and ERP systems meeting different Industry 4.0 standards.

All operations that link with NuiT, Bendex, CAD, Sema software or have interfaces based on a DXF data format can fully integrate THALMANN machines into their operations.

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Integrated solutions

Flipping device

Significant reduction of part handling by operators at the machine is achieved through an integrated flipping device that automatically turns parts. Parts are flipped automatically and subsequently placed accurately by the gripper units for the next bend.

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The additional benefits are multiple: the operation is faster, it is safer for operators, it improves accuracy and it increases capacity at reduced costs.

In combination with the integrated side loading device THALMANN offers a fully automated solution for the folding operation. Operator activity is limited to loading a stack of sheets in a feeder and discharge bended parts from the machine.

Side loading device

The automated integrated side loading equipment mounted on a folder provides significant efficiency gains and operational cost reductions. The only operation required at a machine with automated side loading is to keep the feeder filled with sheet metal and turn or unload the folded sheet-metal parts. Reduction of labour time at the machine is significant. With the automated sideloading device multiple parts can be loaded and folded at the same time.

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The loading table with a high load capacity is mobile, can be automatically adjusted in height and can be supplied in different lengths. Optionally, the sheets are automatically made available in single feed, from a stack or directly from an upstream de-coiler.

The additional benefits are multiple: the operation is faster, safer for operators and can be integrated on the operations with minimal need for extra floor space. The integrated sheet loading device improves accuracy and increase capacity at reduced costs.

In combination with the integrated flipping device THALMANN offers a fully automated solution for the folding operation. Operator activity is limited to loading a stack of sheets in a feeder and discharge bended parts from the machine.

Sheet-Unloading Unit

The fully automated sheet-unloading unit builds on our recent focus to offer integrated automated solutions that can be added to the double folder product line. With the integrated side-loading and integrated flipping units we make the sheet metal folding process fully automated.

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The side-loading unit allows metal sheets to be fed automatically into the double folder, the flipping unit automatically turns the sheets and the sheet-unloading unit brings the folded parts to a position where they can be easily discharged for packing.

The modular unit offers a high degree of flexibility. The sheet-unloading unit can be folded away and be ‘parked’ or ‘stored’ underneath the buffer framework for the folded parts. In this configuration the space in front of the double folder is free for machine operators and jobs can be processed without full automation.

The complete double folder setup with fully automated units can be operated by one single employee. The fully integrated automated solutions from THALMANN offers significant value that increases safety, frees up operator time, reduces manufacturing costs and minimizes risks of damaging sheets and folded parts.

The Base

THALMANN has in cooperation with Cidan Machinery, Forstner and NuiT developed a fully automated bending operation that combines the slitting, cutting and folding operations in one fully integrated unit: THE BASE. The flexible unit does not require any manual labour other than to feed the slitter with sheet metal coils and collect the folded parts for dispatch.

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The NuiT software (www.nu-it.at) ensures that customers or planners can order folded parts via the internet. Parts ordered via internet will be produced instantly without any interference of manual labour or administrative activity.

With THE BASE, roofers working on a construction side can

  • 1. draw a part on a computer;
  • 2. see if it is possible to fold on the Base;
  • 3. see the price;
  • 4. see when the part can be delivered;
  • 5. order the part;
  • 6. receive the confirmation and invoice; and
  • 7. receive the part at the construction site.

You are invited to see THE BASE in full operation at the company METAFLEX, Cernystraße 3, 3105 St. Pölten, Austria. Contact: Gerhard Resch, Managing director,
Phone: +43 2742 – 27 408
Email: office@nu-it.at
or visit the website www.cidan-thebase.com

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