Pressing forward with new fitout technologies

SHEETMETAL fabricators are nowadays being called up upon to work with a greater level of design flexibility at short notice, as opposed to the more repetitious style of work.

SHEETMETAL fabricators are nowadays being called up upon to work with a greater level of design flexibility at short notice, as opposed to the more repetitious style of work.

These demands can often be on very niche assignments, as is demonstrated by the fitout work performed by Pacific Bodyworks of Sydney, which has leaned towards Adira press brake technology to optimise bending and shaping of product.

Pacific Bodyworks is contracted to manufacture service bodies and truck bodies for fleet vehicles of Telstra, Sydney Water, Integral Energy and Pirtek.

These respective companies have large fleets and require exactness in fitout to maximise storage capacity for spare parts and technical equipment.

Pacific Bodyworks processes more than 100t of aluminium sheeting annually and according to Steve Mills, MD of Pacific Bodyworks, investing in Adira press brake technology though Australian distributor Power Machinery has allowed full automation and processing of blank sheets, as well as greater latitude for seamlessly increasing production quantities whenever required.

“The machine operators on the shop floor report that these units are very simple to use, with very user-friendly software,” Mills said.

“Durability and long-term suitability are also a positive aspect of these press brakes.”

The synchronised press brake technology facilitates accurate bends of consistent quality with reduced operational and set-up times for a variety of uses, various tools and bending different materials.

A computerised graphic numerical display provides exact control over the finest of tolerances. Standard numerical controls are by Cybelec of Switzerland.

All ModEva controls run on the Windows operating system allowing full network integration and internet connection.

If the backgauge has more than four axes, or the bends are particularly complex, a numerical control with a graphic display such as the ModEva 12 or 15S with flat screen and touch pad is recommended.

For oversized projects, the press brakes can be used in tandem. This takes the maximum available machine length of 10m and effectively caters for projects up to 20m in length.

Each machine can simultaneously use different tools, providing the work height is the same for both machines.

It can also be customised to the specific requirements of the user complete with and tool sets.

Some examples of the various options include: standard and ‘L’ versions that incorporate longer stroke, wider opening between tools, and a bigger gap to enable the bending of very large or awkward parts.

Up to nine back gauge axes are available on three independent towers with all axes driven by brushless servo-monitors allowing high displacement speeds with high positioning accuracy.

Power Machinery 02 9971 1755.