Automation for Sheet Metal Fabrication
The manufacturing industry has been revolutionized since its introduction to automation. Manufacturing machines that have the benefit of automation allow for shorter lead times, more accuracy, and better pricing. Here at VIP, we have invested in many types of machines that provide automation. Below are the types of machines we have in our state-of-the-art 153,000 square foot facility:
VIP has eleven turret punch presses with auto load capabilities. Pictured is the Amada Vipros 255 with MP1225 auto loader. This system allows the machine to run unattended for extended periods of time. With a maximum sheet size of 50" x 100", we are able to nest individual parts of assemblies to save material and production time.
Automation with VIP continues on in the brake area with four Amada Astro-100 robotic brakes. Astro series bending robots are some of Amada's greatest performers. The robotic cell consists of a bending robot, a loading/unloading robot, and a FBD III press brake.
By separating the duties between the robots, the cell can produce parts at approximately 10 seconds per bend (depending on part configuration). The Astro will exceed an 80% "green light on" time in most installations. MX Win software is used to program the Astro robot. MX Win enables virtual manufacturing by providing perfectly scaled 3-dimensional interactive solid models.
Automated ARC welding is one of the other ways VIP can keep prices lower along with repeatability of process. These machines continue to produce parts quickly and consistently hour after hour. When your part is first reviewed, our engineering team looks for ways to incorporate as much automation as possible to keep your parts consistent and cost effective.