PRESS BRAKE CONTROL SYSTEMSPRESS BRAKE CONTROL SYSTEMS
Rockford Systems, Inc.
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The operator inserts the workpiece into thepress brake die and supports it either withhis/her hands, on rails, or on a table.
The press brake is activated by a foot switchor palm buttons.
If the light curtain is interrupted during the die-closing portion of the cycle, the press brakeslide will stop.
If the light curtain is not interrupted, thepress brake will continue its downstroke and will either:
make contact with the work-piece and finish the single stroke in normalspeed (or in high/low speed if chosen), or
stop above the workpiece if in sequence mode.In the sequence mode, the workpiece may beinserted or positioned at this time and thenthe slide is reactivated to finish the stroke.
Note: The light curtain is muted once the die is a maximum of
" above the workpiece.
When the light curtain is muted, it is auto-matically turned off or bypassed during the bending operation to permit the workpiece or operator’s hand to move through the plane of light without interrupting the cycle.
The slide returns to the beginning of the cycle.
so the operator(s) must hold the palm buttonsdepressed until the slide reaches a point
" or less above the workpiece. If either palm button is released, the slide stops. Both palm but-tons must then be released and reactuated to fin-ish the stroke. Two-hand control is usually arranged to provide this protection in the two-hand single stroke, sequence, or high/low mode of operation. See information below and on the next page for additional details on how two-hand con-trol and sequence mode of operation work.
This illustration is of a down-acting press brake bending a workpiece with a light curtain used as the safeguard.
TWO-HANDCONTROL(TWO BUTTONS)SLIDEDIEBEDTOPOFSTROKEBOTTOMOFSTROKE1/4" SEQUENCESTOP OR LOW-SPEED POINTBACKGAUGE
By depressing the two run buttons, the oper-ator(s) initiate the press brake cycle.
The operator(s) must hold the two run but-tons until the slide completes its downwardtravel to the workpiece or until the slidestops
" or less above the workpiece. If theoperator(s) remove one hand from the run buttons, the slide will stop. In the single-stroke or high/low mode, the slide will makeone complete cycle.
In the sequence mode, the slide will auto-matically stop at a preset position
" or lessabove the workpiece. This preset position isadjustable for different feed-line heights or material thicknesses.
If the workpiece is not already placed in thedie, it may be inserted at this time.
The palm buttons or the foot switch is now reactuated, causing the slide to continuethrough the bottom of the cycle and auto-matically return at high speed to the begin-ning of the cycle.
PRESENCE-SENSING DEVICES (continued)How a Light Curtain Works as a SafeguardingDevice on Press Brakes:How Two-Hand Control Works:TWO-HAND CONTROLDEVICES
Two-hand control, as a point-of-operation safe-guarding device for press brakes, is ideal for short-run job-shop operations. Workpieces can be from very small to very large.Each operator station is arranged with two guardedrun palm button assemblies. These buttons areusually mountedto the slide of the press brake;however, they can also be installed on a floor stand(see page 123) for more flexibility. Two-hand control provides protection against point-of-operation injury during the die-closingportion of the cycle. Two-hand control is arranged
Note: The controls illustrated provide the ability to inch the slide down with the palm buttons or foot switch in the sin- gle, sequence, or high/low mode of operation. By inching the slide down in these modes, the operator makes sure the upper die is going to bend the workpiece in the correct position. This also avoids hazardous whip-up action of the workpiece when inching through the workpiece bend.
This illustration is of a down- acting press brake bending a workpiece with two-hand con- trol used as the safeguard.