A SHERED AND COMMON PROJECT
One of the reasons why Schulthess got in touch with Prima Power was to find connected solutions to facilitate unmanned operations. As an innovator in the washing machine industry, Schulthess was also forward-thinking in looking for a future-oriented system that could be used longer over time and cover the entire production flow. After several visits and factory tours, everybody came to the same conclusion: the decision to develop something new with the help of Prima Power, the only company that could intelligently combine three different machines into one bending system with the highest automation level.
The automatic bending system consists of a servo-electric EBe4FM panel bender with a PCD (Picking & Centering Device) complete with double and scissor wagons and a BTD (Bending Turning Device), an eP0520 press brake with 5-axis back gauges, a 7-axis industrial robot sliding on rails to automate the process between EBe4 and eP0520 and one palletized conveyor area with automatic pallet feed and press brake ATC automatic tools change set-up.
“What we like the most is the fact that the whole system is extremely flexible!”
“The three elements – panel bender, press brake and robot – integrate perfectly in one cell,” explains Winkler, who is proud to add: “This is a truly unique bending solution with a panel bender, a robot and an integrated press brake. But what we like the most is the fact that the whole system is extremely flexible! Schulthess’s decision on this project was to make complex processes – such as sheet metal manufacturing and assembly – much simpler, thanks to intelligent automation derived from precise bending and advanced automation technology.”
OUTSTANDING EFFICIENCY WITH SERVO-ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY
Another decisive aspect for Schulthess, which is deeply oriented towards respect for the environment and any consequent sustainability issues, was the highly efficient servo-electric technology in use in all Prima Power bending machines (panel benders and press brakes).
“Go Clean Go Green is more than just a motto for us. We live and breathe it.”
Winkler indeed recalls, “At Schulthess, CEO Thomas Marder and CFO Martin Keller – who are also both owners of the company – give particular importance to the sustainability philosophy: Go Clean Go Green is more than just a motto for us. We live and breathe it. The fact that the machines are non-hydraulic solutions is attractive in terms of lifecycle costs because they do not generate heat processes and do not require hydraulic oil, with consequent contamination of the produced parts and disposal costs; they also use less energy and require considerably less maintenance, and furthermore they ensure an accurate bending process without unnecessary environmental impacts, at higher aesthetical quality. Prima Power has been a pioneer in this field for over 20 years: this makes the investment even more reliable and beneficial for our company.”
As with any challenge, the support of a like-minded partner can make it easier to identify the right solution, implement the necessary steps and finally come through successfully.