At the recent EuroBLECH exhibition (October 2018), Bystronic showcased new solutions that will soon enable company's automated Production Line (for end-to-end manufacture of sheet metal parts) to be expanded with value-adding modules for pre-processing components.
Prior to laser cutting the parts, the new ByFlex system is able to drill holes as well as deburr, thread cut and countersink them. In addition, a labelling function marks the parts with a code that can be scanned at downstream stations for reliable identification.
New software architecture, called Shop Floor Control System, was also launched for monitoring and controlling a complex production facility, which might involve an automated manufacturing solution such as Production Line networked with stand-alone sheet metal handling and machining stations. Laser cutting systems, press brakes, automation equipment including integrated robots, and machines from third-party suppliers can all be included. The software assumes the centralised control function and helps users to optimise production flow continuously so that throughput and delivery times are met.
Image: Shop Floor Control System