Technology is continuously helping all to develop new and better ways of producing products. Nowadays, no one can deny the significant advantages of CNC automation in modern manufacturing where specific instructions can be programmed into a computer to make products improving the consistency, volume, efficiency, safety, speed and simplicity.
We have arrived at a point where a single operator can handle and/or supervise more than one CNC machine at the same time. Once the program is loaded, the machine can keep on working continuously for hours and days together, freeing the operator for other important tasks reducing the fatigue and human errors.
Back in 1984 Faccin SPA, world-class manufacturer of plate rolling machines, profile and tube bending machines and dished-head manufacturing lines, foresaw the need of the metal forming industry to have CNC-controlled plate rolling machines and since then the company has played an important role in the CNC revolution and each year new and more effective ways to use this technology are developed at its premises by its I&D department.
Today Faccin’s CNC controlled machines can be found in many industries, from small-scale metalwork shops to big manufacturing companies. The first benefit offered by Faccin’s CNC PGS-Ultra is improved automation for its plate rolls and angle rolls. The operator involvement linked to producing workpieces can be greatly reduced or eliminated. Therefore, a CNC-controlled machine can run unattended during most of its forming cycle, freeing the operator to do other tasks. This gives the CNC-controlled machine user other benefits like reduced operator fatigue, less mistakes triggered by human error and a steady and foreseeable forming time and quality for each piece. Since the rolling machine or angle roll will be running under program control, the skill level required of the operator will also be reduced, decreasing the dependability risk of the manufacturing company on a single highly skilled operator.
The Faccin’s CNC PGS-Ultra, built with industrial SIEMENS hardware and a perfected user-friendly graphic interface, is so simple to use that even an unexperienced operator can program the machine to produce simple or complex pieces of variable lengths and shapes, and many more.
The second major benefit of Faccin’s CNC-controlled plate-rolling and profile bending technology is consistent and accurate pieces. Today’s CNC-controlled machines manufactured by Faccin can claim unbelievable precision and repeatability of formed pieces. This means that once a program is verified, no matter the quantity, identical rolled pieces can be effortlessly produced with precision and consistency.
A third benefit offered by Faccin’s CNC-controlled plate rolling and profile bending machines is flexibility. Since these machines are run from a very “easy-to-use” program, running a different workpiece is as easy as selecting it from a different shape option on the screen. Special and unique options are available in the standard configuration like the possibility to build programs for special pieces, calculation of the developed length, cycle time, etc. Once a program has been verified and executed for a production run, it can be easily recalled the next time the workpiece is to be run. This leads to yet another benefit, fast change-over.
Finally, yet importantly, a wide range of machine accessories can be also controlled with the CNC PGS-Ultra through an easy-to-use motion control feature allowing the operator to configure all the accessories required in the manufacturing process of high quality pieces.
Since programs can be easily loaded on the CNC PGS-Ultra, a very short setup time is required and therefore plate-rolling and profile bending machines become very easy to set up and run which is imperative with today’s just-in-time production requirements.
Manufacturing companies face today huge challenges, intensified pressure and the need to reduce production time, improve flexibility and increase quality with energy reduction. Faccin is ready for Industry 4.0 thanks to its Faccin SMART Package 4.0 that offers features like Systems Diagnosis, Teleservice, Management Control, Drawing Imports, Rolling and Production Lot Statistics and Flexible Network Solutions between others, helping the manufacturers of today, face the challenges of tomorrow.
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