In modern sheet metal processing environments, software solutions open up unique competitive advantages. In the background behind the cutting, bending, and automation process steps, high-performance software from Bystronic supports the entire information and data flow. With BySoft 7, Plant Manager, and Bystronic MES, Bystronic offers solutions that facilitate a digitally networked manufacturing environment that guides users from the incoming order to the finished part, in a fast and efficient workflow.
Automation solutions for bending accelerate the workflows, increase the manufacturing quality, and exploit the maximum potential of the integrated bending systems. Depending on the requirements, automation solutions from Bystronic assist bending processes thanks to the fully automatic execution of bending jobs, intelligent material handling, and automated tool changing. Upon request, Bystronic seamlessly integrates fully automated bending sequences into upstream and downstream processes.
Automation solutions optimize material flow, improve machine use and increase work and process reliability. The building blocks are modular so that the degree of automation can be adapted at a later date. The solutions range from simple handling to fully automatic operation.
Bending is a procedure for forming a flat, sheet metal workpiece. It immediately follows cutting in the processing chain. The workpiece lies on a bottom tool with a v-shaped opening. A wedge-shaped tool (punch) presses the workpiece into the v-opening and thus bends it to the desired angle.
Laser cutting is a thermal cutting process for processing sheet metal. The laser beam is created by the laser source (resonator), conducted by a transport fiber or mirrors in the machine cutting head where a lens focuses it at very high power on a very small diameter. This focused laser beam meets the sheet metal and melts it.
Bystronic uses two types of laser sources: Fiber laser and CO₂ laser.
Bystronic is expanding its partnership with the Italian specialist for laser-based tube and profile processing TTM Laser S.p.A. with the outright acquisition of the company. Thus, Bystronic is enhancing its existing range of technologies along the cutting, bending, and automation process chain.
Bystronic offers its customers leading system solutions for the cutting and bending of sheet metal. Recently, Bystronic significantly expanded its existing portfolio of technologies for these process steps with new solutions for automation, warehouse integration, and digital networking. In addition to automated and networked processes for sheet processing, the supplementary processing of tubes and profiles is an important step for many customers that allows them to successfully position themselves on the market. Being able to purchase all these production solutions from a single source creates an added value for customers. A supplier with a strong position in the fields of sales and service not only simplifies the purchase and maintenance, but also the successful integration and operation of their manufacturing solutions.
Since November 2017, Bystronic and TTM Laser S.p.A. have been supporting this customer requirement within the framework of a partnership, which until now has comprised joint sales activities. During this period, the positive feedback from existing customers has shown that there is a strong demand in many markets for an even closer collaboration between Bystronic and TTM Laser S.p.A. Hence, both partners have now agreed on a full takeover of TTM Laser S.p.A. by Bystronic.
TTM Laser S.p.A. is a successful Italian technology company that is headquartered in Cazzago San Martino (Province of Brescia). The company that has been active on the market since 2001 specializes in the development of 2D and 3D laser systems for the cutting of tubes and profiles and for the welding of large-format metal sheets. It has state-of-the-art production infrastructures, and with 40 employees, it achieved a turnover of approximately 14 million euro in 2017.
With TTM Laser S.p.A.’s technologies, Bystronic is deepening its existing portfolio for the laser cutting process step with applications for tubes with diameters between 12 and 815 millimeters and for profiles. In addition, Bystronic is expanding its portfolio with solutions for the laser welding of large-format metal sheets.
BySort is the new extension module for the ByTrans Cross loading and unloading automation system. The upgrade sorts the completed cut parts and thus accelerates the automation cycle of all the processes related to fiber laser cutting.
With the newly developed BySort upgrade, the ByTrans Cross is now an even more versatile unloading solution. Upon request, Bystronic equips the ByTrans Cross system with this new add-on solution. An additional bridge is installed on the ByTrans Cross system, which can accommodate up to two sorting heads. These heads are automatically tooled using the available gripper modules.
The BySort is designed to deposit the completed parts on an additional unloading position next to the laser cutting system, which offers ByTrans Cross users an even higher degree of flexibility. Amongst other things, this supports users with the processing of large series where the individual cut parts need to be unloaded and sorted separately according to jobs. The repetition accuracy with which the BySort deposits the parts is a great advantage. Particularly with large cut parts, this is difficult to achieve manually. The accurate positioning of parts on palettes facilitates the automation of subsequent processes, because it allows the precise position detection of the parts to be further processed.
Moreover, BySort increases the speed of the entire unloading process. Bystronic achieves this thanks to the efficient design of the system unloading routes. In a first step, BySort unloads and sorts the cut parts. Subsequently, using a different route, the ByTrans unloads the residual sheet. This ensures that the laser cutting system’s shuttle table is more quickly available for the loading of the next sheet, which the ByTrans Cross fetches from its own stock or from the connected warehouse.
Integrated control on the touch screen
Both the BySort and the ByTrans Cross are controlled using the laser cutting system’s touch screen. To achieve this, Bystronic developed the ByVision Cutting user interface, which is already being used with the latest generation of Bystronic’s fiber lasers. ByVision Cutting integrates all the cutting processes and the connected automation solutions. During everyday production this allows laser cutting and the automated material feeding and removal process to be closely interlinked. Nowadays, no user should waste time, walk long distances, and carry out unnecessary procedures, just because the laser cutting system and the connected automation solution have to be operated using separate terminals. After all, for the operator, automation also means convenience.
Bystronic is a leading global provider of high-quality solutions for the sheet metal processing business. The focus lies on the automation of the complete material and data flow of the cutting and bending process chain. Bystronic’s portfolio includes laser cutting systems, press brakes, and associated automation and software solutions. Comprehensive services round off the portfolio.
The company headquarters are located in Niederönz (Switzerland). Three additional development and production locations are located in Gotha (Germany), in Tianjin (China), and in Shenzhen (China). Bystronic is actively represented by its sales and service subsidiaries in more than 30 countries and has agents in numerous other countries.
As a reliable partner, Bystronic stands for high-performance innovations, local expertise, and service excellence.
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