Multi-beam folder at Bison

The new Morgan Rushworth EXR multi-beam folding machine is now installed in the Bison Machinery showroom for demonstrations and product trials. The EXR is said to be an extremely versatile folding machine fitted with a rotating top beam to allow both straight and box and pan folding, even within the same part.

The Morgan Rushworth EXR range of CNC folders features a rotating upper beam with one straight rail and one set of high divided tools that can both be utilised in the same folding program without any manual tool change. Such a versatile design enables high accuracy, high consistency and high productivity as there is only one initial tool set up to carry out. This configuration is suitable for many folding operations, including rectangular panel work with return edges to the four sides. The operator sets the program, folds the two long lengths with the straight rail, before the upper beam rotates automatically and the two ends are folded with the high divided tools.

The back gauge is integral to the rear support table, which is suitable for the folding of large sheets as the weight of the material is supported, resulting in a single operator performing traditional two-operator jobs. The standard 2D touchscreen CNC controls all upper beam clamping and rotating, folding beam and back-gauge movements, with an optional 3D touchscreen available to further assist the operator. Both controllers provide a view of the folded part, calculating whether the job is possible or not, the developed length and the bending sequence – including whether to turn material over or around.

Features of the EXR folding machine include: bending angle from 0-150°; 20° 1 mm sharp nose clamping beam rail with 25 mm clearance; 10 and 25 mm wide folding beam rails; and fast 1 m powered back gauge.

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