A KMF (Precision Sheet Metal) order for nine TruBend Series 5000 press brakes has broken the record for a sale of this type by TRUMPF UK.
The order is made up of seven 2.5 metre bed TruBend models (85 tonnes capacity) and two three metre bed models (130 tonnes capacity), with each machine equipped with extended open height for bending components such as deep boxes, and all offering tooling compatibility.
For added versatility when bending larger components, one machine has been specified with the TRUMPF bending aid, which reduces a two-man operation to a one-man function when handling large panels.
The nine machines are being delivered and installed in three waves during January, February and March to minimise disruption to production at KMF.
KMF recognises the need to invest in technology that will benefit customers through quality, cost and delivery. The press brake order comes after a lengthy evaluation process designed to ensure that all interested parties within KMF had input into the decision.
Keith Nicholl, Business Improvement Manager at KMF, explains the reasons behind the final choice: "The decision to purchase the TRUMPF press brakes was taken after a number of reviews with our folding team. We examined the key elements and features that needed to be present in our production environment, which is strictly based on a made-to-order strategy, typically against small batch sizes and short lead-times."
"During trials, we found that the TRUMPF press brake could reduce a complicated multi-bend set-up from 40 minutes to less than five minutes. This, along with the confidence we have from our experience of using TRUMPF punch and laser systems, convinced us that this was the right choice for KMF."
Paul Johnson, Area Sales Manager at TRUMPF UK added: "KMF is looking to ensure that the press brake does most of the technical hard work. There are several aspects of TRUMPF press brakes that aid this strategy. For instance, operators are not only guided through the whole bending program using graphical instructions, but optical setting aids light up where the tooling should be placed."
"In addition, there are set access levels for different operators and setters, so programs can be pulled down, but not modified without authority. Historically, a press brake operator is one of the most skilled on the shop floor, but with TRUMPF technology, the way that this skill set is utilised is changing."