End of an era in CNC bending
We have had our Edwards Pearson PR6 from new and it’s time for it to go. I wouldn’t like to try and work out how may bends its completed but it’s easily into the 10 of millions. With over 20 thousand CNC programs it’s been a really good machine and earned its keep every day of the week. But all good things come to an end and at nearly 20 years old it was time for an update. It was surprising how quickly the press brake was disconnected and made ready to be lifted onto the lorry and off to it’s new owner. The space was free for just minutes before it’s replacement was heading into the factory, just enough time to sweep up and catch our breath.
Perfect position for bending sheet metal on a sunny day
The brand new Safan e-Brake 3M 100 ton CNC press brake was driven direct to our factory from the manufactures in the Netherlands and then lifted onto our factory yard ready to be maneuvered through the factory door. Perfect day for this kind of operation shame we couldn’t keep it here and work outside everyday but it is England. It looks a really smart machine and we can’t wait to get in inside and get started with bending up our sheet metal work but first we have to position it and connect it up.
Don’t drop it!
Always a nervous time when your new baby is being lifted and swung around to get it ready for positioning onto the factory floor. I’m never sure whether to look and make sure all is ok or stay in the office until it’s all done. Usually my curiosity gets the better of me and I have to see what’s happening and take some photos for the archive.
I’m sure I measured the door height correctly!
No matter how many times you check something and know that you are right it’s always good to see a new machine fit through the door and be moved into the factory without any issues. These guys are doing this everyday of the week with kit like this and bigger and make it look so easy but I’m still impressed how quickly they can have tons of machinery positioned to the inch and bolted down before you know it.
Safan e-brake in position at last
At last after viewing several machine styles and numerous meetings all the planning has worked out and the new machine fits exactly where we need it. Once the electricity and the data connection to our network is completed we can start our training and then start to see the new CNC press brake earn its keep.
I certainly expect the Safan e-Brake to be as productive as the Edwards Pearson was except with improved accuracy, easier programming software and the ability to cope with a greater range of work being 3M long and having 100 tons force at its control.