Intelligent bending techniques: 47 bends, 140 seconds

transfluid develops robot-assisted tube bending system that does not require complex programming

2016. március 20., vasárnap, 16:04

Címkék: automation bending industrial robots transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH Tube 2016

The production of lines for braking systems, air conditioning units and similar devices with a length of 1500 mm and tiny diameters of as little as 18 mm represents a real challenge when it comes to bending technology, specifically with regard to handling. After all, to be economical, production processes also need to be swift. And precision and quality are factors that are just as important.

As part of a recent project, the team at transfluid developed a tube processing system that involves robot handling of the material and that can bend tubing in lengths of up to 4500 mm – 47 bends in a time of circa 140 seconds. Another specification that the team had to meet when developing their solution was that the tubing would be already shaped or fitted with flanges.

Thanks to the combination of a tube bending system with robot handling, tubes with a length of up to 4500 mm can be processed

Isometric data uploaded directly online

The process involves first inserting a bundle of tubes into a feeder which are then individually orientated by symmetrical rotation according to the positioning of the flanges. Each tube is then picked up by one of the two robots and this transfers it to a moveable spanning device with an appropriate high retaining system designed for longer tubing. The spanning device allows the robots to process the tubes on one or even on two sides in parallel. This also speeds up the procedure; the time required for processing each tube, even at this length, is constantly less than an impressive 3 seconds. Both robots have 7 axes with drive systems and can bend right/left.

Isometric data can be simply uploaded online from a CAD system

Another advantage of this transfluid tube bending concept is that isometric data can be uploaded directly online from a CAD system, meaning that complex programming of the robots is not necessary. 

Trade fair: Tube, Düsseldorf, 4 - 8 April 2016, Hall 05/stand G34


transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. transfluid has been developing its technologies for tube machining since 1988, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries, shipbuilding and medical device manufacturers. As a world-renowned brand, the company from Schmallenberg, South Westphalia is present in Europe and, through its subsidiaries, also in Asia.

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