October 3, 2012
Dreistern has developed a new roll forming machine concept offering product mix flexibility. The multifunctional roll forming machine allows operations such as roll forming, punching, and welding to be executed at any position on the machine via component exchange — within a time period usually required for a simple tool change, the company states. The machine can be configured quickly to produce the next part.
The guiding model for this development was the manufacturer's quick-change roll-tool cassette. With the aid of standardized interfaces, tools can be exchanged quickly.
For instance, a 60-station machine can manufacture a complex section one day and run an 18-pass section with comprehensive pre- and post-operations the next day, with the 42 forming passes occupied with punching units, a welding station, or units for placing clinch nuts or bolt rivets.