RoboBend – World’s first standardised bending robot cell

RoboBend – World’s First Standardised Bending Robot Cell

RoboBend – is the World’s first standard bending robot that solves the problem of finding qualified machine operators, provides higher capacity on company’s present machines, lowers production costs and delivers consistent high quality for your clients.

According to interviews conducted with key metal industry players, today there are 1.5 million press brake machines around the globe in the metal processing industry operated by humans, doing repeatable and dangerous work every day. Monotonous, risky work forced the future generations to look for other jobs and industries rather than take open vacancies in the Metal Industry, that resulted in severe labour shortages – European Commission’s market data analytics company Skills Panorama predicts 2.7 million unfilled metal machinery job vacancies in the EU by 2030. Probably the best solution to this challenge is using robots that replace humans in controlling the press brake, solves safety issues and allows workers to work in other parts of production.

Simple to use at any production environment

RoboBend is designed to make it simple to use at any production environment, for any worker with no special training. First, the operator specifies the piece that needs to be bent through an easy-to-use user interface. This process is repeated only for new pieces since all information is stored and can be accessed from the cloud server. The robot starts operating – it picks up prefabricated pieces from the feeder system with the robot arm and relevant gripper (vacuum, mechanical, electromagnetic), places them in the bending machine, takes them out once bent, and neatly stacks them on a pallet. It operates until all prefabricated pieces are bent and the feeder cartridge needs to be replaced.

An important component in RoboBend is the press brake control interface (RBMI) – the brain, which has embedded the software giving an “intelligent solution” and allows RoboBend to work with any existing press brake on the market. This is a key feature and makes RoboBend easy to implement and to use – providing the robot control over the machine, easy programming interface, quality control and at the same time is based on Industry 4.0 philosophy, making it possible to integrate data from the cloud and from other sources to optimize both the set-up and daily machine performance.

EU project – Trinity DIH

RoboBend ApS has recently participated and successfully received funding from Trinity DIH open call to facilitate and grow advanced robotics for agile production.

Co-operation with Trinity DIH consortium and its network partners opens up many possibilities for growth and solving metal industry challenges. With Trinity DIH funding programme we will be able to create next- generation RoboBend solution that will be able to work with larger pieces (up to 1,5 meters), it will have new software and user interface for faster batch production and a much easier programming process.

Thomas Ronlev, CEO Of RoboBend ApS
All in all, the next generation RoboBend solution will enable smaller batch production and open up more possibilities for companies that work with many different metal pieces and smaller batch orders. This will make RoboBend even a better business case for SME companies and will make their production more efficient and agile.
RoboBend is the world’s first standard bending robot that provides an excellent business case for companies that are facing qualified operators shortages and are looking to increase their productivity. Robobend can bend more pieces than the human operator, so companies can increase bending capacity on your existing press brake machines. It works autonomously and
delivers consistent high quality every time.
Read the full CECIMO 14th edition magazine here (RoboBend is featured in page 36):