KMF invests in automated bending

KMF Precision Sheet Metal, the sheet metal fabrication arm of the KMF group, says it is continuing to prove that it is at the forefront of robotic automatic bending systems by investing in and installing industry-leading machinery. As part of plans which began in 2015 to be UK leaders in the introduction of robotic automatic bending systems, KMF Precision Sheet Metal committed to a rolling programme of technology investment.

The latest addition to its ambitious plans is a Trumpf TruBend Cell 7000 complete with wireless ACB (automatically controlled bend) technology, which has already begun delivering products in earnest.

Terry Stanway, KMF purchasing and facilities director, says: “The combined offerings from our current technology will ensure that we can now investigate lights-out production opportunities for larger volume demand, particularly for smaller components, where additional capacity is required.”

He continues: “The installation of the automatic bending cell represents the first phase of investment in 2021, during which we also expect to invest in further technology advancements with an upgrade to our existing automated twin laser cell system. From initial investigations, it is expected that this project is likely to result in production cycle reductions of up to 60% across a range of material types and gauges.”

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