For over five years, Wilson Tool has offered free lean manufacturing training events to customers.
These events detail the company’s own journey and provide lean solutions that can be applied at customer facilities. The training is also a way for manufacturers to share ideas, success stories and learning experiences, while picking up tips from others.
Wilson’s lean seminars are a full-day event split into two different sections. The first focuses on basic principles like 5S, the seven deadly wastes and one-piece flow. Wilson’s training explores the underlying theories driving lean, coupled with experiments to apply them.
The second half of the day uncovers Wilson Tool’s lean journey and showcases product innovations that have come out of it. Participants go on a shop tour, taking a look at how the company has applied lean principles in the layout and flow of the plant. Representatives from the bending and punching divisions discuss tooling innovations that have helped customers streamline their own operations.
Ultimately, attendees will learn lean manufacturing principles that will help improve shop productivity and minimise excess cost and waste. Derived from the Toyota Production System or JiT production, lean manufacturing is a proven method for optimising output.
The next event is Wilson Tool’s LEAN 1.0, which is suitable for those with no lean training, or a basic understanding of lean principles. Set to take place on 20 September at the company’s headquarters in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, the training will run from 08:30 to 15:00.
For further information www.wilsontool.com
According to Mate Tooling, forming on a modern punch press makes these machines the Swiss army knife of metal fabrication.
Today’s punch presses can mark, deburr and form. And when it comes to forming, there are opportunities aplenty.
Automated punch presses have been punching holes in sheet metal for more than 60 years.
However, with their stroke control and the availability of adjustable length punch holders, CNC punch presses are also being used as mini press brakes. Many types of forms are being produced in parts before they come off the turret or rail-type punch machine.
Countersinks and small embosses are among the basic forming tools being used in CNC punch-press machines to reduce or eliminate secondary operations. Lance and forms (tabs, bridges, knockouts, cable ties) and extrusions are among the advanced class of forms being produced on punching machines today. More complex forming tools include those that produce louvres, continuous embosses and hinges.
Forming tools add value by eliminating secondary operations such as forming, welding and installing fasteners. However, the press brake is not going anywhere. Space between the punch and die will always limit what can be formed on the punch press, at least for the foreseeable future, says Mate. However, if a part needs shallow forms like an embossment, a short flange or even a hinge, chances are those forms can be made right on the punch press machine bed, with no secondary operations required.
For further information www.mate.com
BLM Group is consolidating its presence in the wire-bending market with a new twin-head system.
The DH4010VGP is an all-electric machine with two independent heads that is capable of bending wires up to 10 mm in diameter, along with bars, flat rods and tubes. The twin-head design makes the system suitable for medium to long parts with many bends, particularly when high planarity is required.
According to BLM, the two bending heads can work independently to make asymmetric parts. Each head is provided with a twin bending turret that increases system flexibility with regard to the achievable bend types.
The DH4010VGP can perform flexion bending (bending using a standard bushing) on each of the two turrets, pressure die bending for minimum radii, edge bending, variable radius bending, and strike bending on the same part. Moreover, the bending heads can move very near each other to make exceptionally close bends.
Higher system productivity is said to be facilitated via optimised dynamics and process cycles. For instance, the wire-cutting and end-forming unit is fitted on a carriage having linear movement independent of the heads. This design contributes to an increase in productivity of approximately 30% in comparison with previous-generation systems.
The DH4010VGP makes use of existing VGP3D programming and control software, with a 3D graphic interface.
For further information www.blmgroup.com
At EuroBLECH (Hanover, 23-26 October), LVD will be placing focus on flexible automation solutions and cell manufacturing for increased production efficiency. At Hall 12, Stand F104, visitors will see how LVD’s Industry 4.0-ready bending, laser cutting, punching and software technology make for an easy and smooth transformation to a more competitive workshop.
The company will give a world premiere to its ToolCell XT automated tool-changing press brake with extended tool storage. The ToolCell XT has been developed in response to having even more flexibility to tackle small batches, high part mixes and increased component complexity in a wider variety of materials and thicknesses.
LVD will also give a world premiere to its Dyna-Cell, which the company says takes electric press-brake automation to a new level for the high-speed bending of small-to-medium parts. Based on the company’s existing Dyna-Press, LVD’s latest compact robotised bending solution delivers faster art-to-part times, rapid changeovers, increased throughput and lower cost per part, says the company.
Another machine on the stand will be the LVD Easy-Form 80/25 ‘smart’ press brake. Equipped with the Easy-Form Laser in-process angle monitoring and correction system, this press brake adapts in real-time the ram position to ensure the desired angle from the first bending operation. The bending process is not interrupted and no production time is lost.
From a software perspective, LVD will show its CADMAN suite, the company’s answer to full process integration and optimised process flow. CADMAN looks at the big picture and helps streamline the complete fabrication process – from production control, communication, planning and management, through to punching, bending and laser cutting – via integrated, database-driven software.
For further information www.lvdgroup.com
Derby-based Tidyco, a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic products to the UK rail industry for over 40 years, has invested £150,000 in state-of-the-art tube-bending machinery. The CNC tube-bending machine includes a programmable robotic measuring arm coupled with machine-to-machine (M2M) technology. Tidyco says that the investment will allow it to rationalise outsourcing activity so as to provide cost-effective solutions to its client portfolio.
The expansion contributes towards Tidyco’s commitment to smart manufacturing, addressing topical industry 4.0 subject matters.
Importantly, the company fully supports the Government-fuelled Industrial Strategy and Midlands Engine initiative whereby the family-owned business believes that ongoing investment will contribute towards manufacturing growth throughout the region. The new tube bender was part-funded by the University of Derby’s Invest to Grow initiative, with equipment being procured from Addison Saws and other local suppliers. Former Mayor of Derby, John Whitby, officially opened the manufacturing plant expansion.
Phil Mason, production director at Tidyco, says: “As a business, Tidyco is committed to a long-term growth strategy whereby continuing investment in additional manufacturing equipment forms part of overall critical success factors. The addition of a tube-bending facility will enable the company to supply customers with products in a much faster, accurate and cost-effective manner, while empowering new and existing staff working with our quality-control procedures. Ultimately, the investment further bolsters opportunities regarding new market penetration.”
Additional tube-bending capabilities include: a tube shaper measuring arm; full reverse engineering functionality; proficiency in bending most tubes from 8 to 50 mm; and STEP file conversion.
For further information www.tidyco.co.uk