A lean process
An integrated bending machine paves the way to even shorter completion times when manufacturing Special Bending Tools.
Special-purpose tools, made to customer specifications, are an important topic in the field of bending, too. The TRUMPF subsidiary in the Austrian town of Pasching produces over 25,000 meters of bending tools each year. Of those tools, about one in twenty is in fact a custom solution.
Keeping things running smoothly
Since 2003 TRUMPF has manufactured Special Bending Tools in progressive assembly operations, following the SYNCHRO principles, optimizing production cycle times. This process has become even leaner. Instead of testing tools in the demonstration center as in the past, bending trials are now carried out on site using a TruBend 5050.
“We achieved extremely short cycle times for special tools using this advanced manufacturing method,” explains Mario Urmann, Pasching’s manager for Bending Tool production. The delivery time for special tools has dropped by a quarter on average.
Getting your dream tool faster
Even in the past, the road leading to a Special Bending Tool was short. TRUMPF’s specialists prepare design drawings for the custom tool, based on sketches and information about the sheet metal product as provided by the customer. A trial tool is then created according to these drawings, as per the SYNCHRO principles.
Using the bending machine integrated into the system, the new tool can now be tested directly – using sheet metal provided by the customer, ensuring the most telling test results. Should it be necessary to modify the tool, the manufacturing area is just a few steps away. Rework and subsequent testing can be completed within a few hours.
Contact us: MastersofSheetMetal@trumpf.com
This article was first published in summer 2012.