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(see Figure 8). It also has a small
version (which is still rather large) of
its Synchro-Form press brake, tailored
for large workpieces and incremental
(bump) bending of large radii (see
Figure 9). Angle measurement and
correction systems, including LVD’s
laser-based Easy-Form, can measure
bend angles down to a certain point.
But in most cases, it can’t handle incremental bending; each bump bends
the material a minute amount, an angle too small for the laser to detect.
The Synchro-Form, using a combination of cameras and lasers, can
detect these radii and adjusts the program to suit. If in the first radius bend
the springback is a little more than expected, it then makes corrections for
all subsequent bends. The cameras
are enclosed in support arms that
manipulate the workpiece throughout the bending cycle.
These machines certainly stand
out, but so does something else: “To
be honest, when people come here,
they expect to spend the day seeing
machines. But then they find they
spend most of their day learning
So said Matt Fowles, LVD’s group
marketing manager. The company’s
CADMAN suite has evolved to include
not only punch and laser nesting,
bend programming and simulation,
but also production control (CAD-
MAN-Job), which can schedule the
workload in the shop and reveal in
real-time how jobs are flowing.
“LVD’s CADMAN ‘optimized process
flow’ approach also has a sort-and-label function a;er cutting,” Fowles
added. Operators sorting jobs use
tablets (Touch-i4) to sign o; on part
quality and route parts correctly to
the next operation.
All fabricators on the press tour use
CADMAN to some degree. Some also
have developed their own systems,
like 24/7’s all-encompassing Sophia,
that work together with CADMAN.
“Big data is the future.”
So said van Sorgen, standing un-
der a tree, one of several dozen ben-
efiting from the numerous skylights
in the ceiling. “This is the second year
we’ve had trees,” van Sorgen said.
“You wouldn’t believe how cold and
uninviting this place is without them.
Trees make us happy.”
Take the bright, tree-lined factory floor, add a sleek
breakroom with ample food and great Dutch co;ee, and
you get an extraordinarily pleasant work environment.
But it wouldn’t be pleasant if everything weren’t under
control. Flat screens on either side of the breakroom show
a map with several dots on them—the last delivery trucks of
the day making their final stops. Van Sorgen calls 24/7’s drivers “ambassadors.” They deliver products and talk with customers about current or future jobs, or anything else. People
in the breakroom can see where they are. Thanks to so; ware
and big data, they know the status of just about everything.
Big data really is the future. Considering what fabricators around the world are accomplishing, the future is now.
Senior Editor Tim Heston can be reached at
LVD Strippit, 716-542-4511, www.lvdgroup.com
24/7 Tailor Steel, www.247tailorsteel.com
Vanderscheuren nv, www.vanderscheuren.be