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Flexible automation for Strippit-PX punch presses

LVD announces the FA-P; Flexible Automation for Punching, as its most advanced automation yet. It offers dynamic load/unload capacity, smart part picking and a large area for stacking punched parts directly onto designated pallets. FA-P is now available on the Strippit-PX punch press.

Advanced part picking and stacking
FA-P loads sheets up to 3050 x 1525 mm and material thicknesses up to 4 mm from two shuttle tables with a maximum capacity of 3000 kg.

The automation system can handle punched parts from 200 x 100 mm up to large sheet sizes. Two independent gripper arms are automatically positioned to pick the part. The suction cups are activated following the nesting configuration calculated by LVD’s offline software module CADMAN®-P. Small, closely spaced suction cups are used to pick small parts while larger suction cups are activated for picking larger parts and loading full size sheets.

Large stacking area

A large stacking area of 8 m² provides space for 8 europallets. A unique laser distance-sensor measures the height of the pallet and the stacked parts. Following this measurement, the suction cups smoothly position the parts on top of one another, forming perfect stacks. No second hand operation is required to change between pallets within the stacking zone. The skeletons are quickly evacuated from the machine onto a pallet, significantly reducing the offloading time.

Pick and sort with TOUCH-A control

Based on the job-list and the measured stack height, TOUCH-A control software picks and sorts each part onto its assigned pallet. A new job can be started with partial pallets from previous operations. Additionally, TOUCH-A allows the operator to modify the sorting based on the pallet configuration. The control counts and validates each stack of parts upon job completion.

LVD launches Phoenix fiber laser

The Phoenix FL completes LVD’s fiber laser line-up. The Electra was introduced in 2013 as a high efficiency, ultrafast fiber laser system and the Lynx earlier this year as an ideal entry into the world of fiber laser cutting. The new fiber laser system unites cost efficient and dynamic laser cutting together with LVD’s laser automation possibilities.

The Phoenix offers the perfect balance between performance and price. The compact, modern machine design includes a welded steel frame construction that minimizes deformation caused by high acceleration thus improving overall machine accuracy. Powered by a high efficiency solid-state doped fiber laser source, the fiber laser provides fast, accurate processing of various sheet thicknesses and types. The Phoenix FL features a lightweight, high rigidity beam delivery system to allow for highly dynamic processing.

The Phoenix maximizes uptime with an integrated automatic shuttle table system that allows one table to be loaded while the machine is cutting on the other table. Table change time is only 30 seconds.

LVD’s touch screen control and user interface, TOUCH-L, make the Phoenix easy to use and operate. TOUCH-L employs a 19” touch screen and icon driven user interface to efficiently and effortlessly guide the user through all necessary man-machine interactions.
TOUCH-L also incorporates a part programming and nesting feature allowing users to import drawings directly into the control, applying cutting technology and nesting sheets at the machine.

The Phoenix FL features the latest in fiber laser source technology with a wall plug efficiency of up to 30%. The maintenance-free fiber laser resonator utilizes the latest fiber laser technology for reliable trouble-free performance.

Modular automation options further increase the productivity and throughput of the Phoenix FL. The laser cutting system is offered with the option of a Compact Tower (CT-L) and the Flexible Automation for Lasers (FA-L) developed by LVD.
CT-L is a compact material warehousing tower with an integrated load / unload system and a shelving unit for storage of raw material and finished parts.
FA-L is a system for interchanging finished and unfinished sheets on the table within 40 seconds and includes thickness control and automatic sheet separators.

Nozzle changer available on Electra FL

Following the successful integration of the nozzle changer on its CO2 laser systems, LVD is extending the option to the Electra, LVD’s high-speed fiber laser cutting system. Featuring storage for 10 nozzles, the option brings greater autonomy, reduces piercing times and increases overall throughput on the machine.

Materials and thickness can vary throughout the production day. With the nozzle changer, the laser cutting machine will select the right nozzle for every job. Requiring no operator intervention, the nozzle changer reduces downtime, by quickly performing nozzle changes including cleaning the nozzle and checking the nozzle alignment.

The automatic nozzle changer is available on the Electra FL 2 kW, 3 kW and 4 kW models.

Industry 4.0

Wim Serruys, Director of Engineering


Disruptive innovation, simply put, fundamentally transforms the way we do the things we do. These innovations are creating shifts in every sector. Thanks to the internet, children in developing countries now have a better chance than ever to receive an education. The mobile phone, e-mail and social media overturned the communication market. In manufacturing, the next looming innovation is deemed so disruptive that it is considered the fourth industrial revolution or, Industry 4.0.

Sectors like the auto industry have already emerged as early-adopters to the concept of Industry 4.0, but how will this revolution effect the sheet metalworking industry and what is LVD’s plan for integration?

The innovation, developed by the German Academy of Science and Technology, and its namesake follow the first, second and third industrial revolution; the development of the mechanical loom in 1784, the realization of mass production at the beginning of the 20th century and the automation of production through technology of the 70′s, respectively. How will Industry 4.0 radically change manufacturing across the globe? It certainly has a lot to live up to, each preceding industrial revolution introduced technologies that have helped us manufacture products quicker, cheaper and all in all, better.

Industry 4.0 changes the game by adding intelligence to the mix and not just aiming for smarter machines or software, but a smart factory; a factory where machines, products, tools and software communicate, with each other. This is where we’ll see the most adoption in the sheet metal industry; machines will become social, sharing information with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). Decision-makers get real-time insights from the shop floor and instant control of production processes.

For LVD, Industry 4.0 is the logical further step in our integration philosophy. All of our products are already social, enabled through our software suite, CADMAN. Our Touch-X series controls are seamlessly integrated with all CADMAN modules, covering the entire value chain of sheet metal; starting with a 3D CAD file, guiding the production team to a finished part with the shortest lead time and best quality.

Industry 4.0 is a technology that allows access to any information you might need, but information is not the same as knowledge. In our daily lives we’re bombarded with more information than ever before. The key is understanding how to filter this information to extract what is valuable. The same applies to Industry 4.0- with all machines being social, there will be a lot of data, but extracting the meaning of the data is the most important, and perhaps the most daunting part.

Having human-centred products has always been a must for LVD and we make no exception in our Industry 4.0 technology. We present the data using different viewpoints, offering complete transparency of the entire value chain. We do not impose a production control strategy as a cost based or time based approach will yield conflicting results. We offer the tools to measure the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that matter: Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), lead time, Work in Process (WIP), delivery performance, giving you the true insight of your overall performance.
The changes Industry 4.0 bring will be substantive enough to alter the sheet metal industry. We’ll have more information about our production and performance than ever before. Having the right tools to decipher this data and what its true implications are, will give you the ability to take advantage of the new developments Industry 4.0 brings.

LVD expands its series of electric press brakes

Dynapress 24t

LVD Company nv has expanded its Dyna-Press Series of compact, portable, high-speed electric press brakes with two 24 ton models that offer higher capacity and a longer working length.

The Dyna-Press series are ideal for cost efficient bending of small parts. Rapid acceleration and deceleration of the electrical servo-driven ram delivers bending speeds up to 25 mm/s. The new models can handle bend lengths up to 1250 mm and have 24 tons of bending force. The coupling of the ram and servomotors is realized through two heavy duty ball screws to distribute force and tonnage evenly across the working length.

Compact and portable with a footprint of just 1140 x 1760 mm, the new Dyna-Press models save on valuable floor space and can still be conveniently relocated using a standard forklift.

Dyna-Press 24/12 standard models are equipped with two CNC controlled axes (X, R) and additional Z1 and Z2-axes for the Dyna-Press 24/12 Plus model. An extensive range of upper and lower tools are available for and can be used on the Dyna-Press.

The Dyna-Press 24/12 standard model has a 12” touch screen which allows operators to easily adjust individual parameters. The 24/12 Plus model offers TOUCH-B Lite control which enables the operator to create and simulate 2D-designs on a 15” touch screen. Additionally the TOUCH-B controller is compatible with LVD’s offline bending CAM software CADMAN-B®.