The Challenge of Manual Feeding in Shearing Machines
Shearing machines are essential tools for cutting various materials, particularly sheet metal. Traditionally, these machines rely on manual feeding, which involves adjusting and operating cutting dimensions through manual line drawing and alignment. This process is labor-intensive, time-consuming, and prone to errors, especially when frequent changes in processing dimensions and multiple cutting instances are necessary. As a result, there is a pressing need for an efficient and accurate solution to streamline the shearing process.
The Limitations of Conventional Backgauge Devices
Current backgauge devices on the market are designed to improve the efficiency of shearing machines. However, these devices still require manual operation and screw rotation to adjust the position of the slider and backgauge plate. These solutions are lacking in mechanical strength, prone to damage, and offer low adjustment accuracy and short adjustment distances. Additionally, they lack automation, making them inconvenient to use.
The Innovative Solution: Combining NC Feeder and Shearing Machine
The integration of an NC (Numerical Control) feeder with a shearing machine offers a seamless and efficient solution to the challenges posed by manual feeding. The NC feeder uses a touch screen interface for inputting required data, allowing precise control of feed rollers through a servo motor. This ensures accurate shearing dimensions and significantly increases work efficiency, material utilization, and safety while reducing labor costs.
Automatic Adjustments and Enhanced Flexibility
With the cutting dimensions inputted into the PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) control system, the shearing machine can automatically adjust the settings based on demand (cyclic setting), ensuring precise cuts. Additionally, different cutting dimensions can be input (segment setting), enabling the machine to cut materials of varying lengths in a single run, further boosting work efficiency.
Simplified Workflow with NC Feeder and Shearing Machine Integration
The workflow for an NC feeder paired with a shearing machine begins with introducing the metal sheet into the feeder using a material support rack. The operator then sets the required cutting dimensions on the NC feeder’s touch screen and sequentially sets N dimensions for cutting. Upon selecting “automatic,” the PLC control system commands the servo motor to operate, moving the metal sheet towards the shearing machine’s cutting edge. The cutting process is performed, and the system resets for the next cut, repeating until the desired number of cuts is achieved or the remaining sheet metal no longer meets the cutting dimension requirements.
Streamlined Operations and Increased Efficiency
By integrating an NC feeder with a shearing machine, the cutting process becomes automated, reducing the burden on operators and significantly increasing cutting accuracy and efficiency. This innovative solution has received high praise from clients, revolutionizing the shearing process and providing a much-needed improvement to traditional shearing machines.