All too often, CNC Tube Bending machines are discarded for the simple reason of no support for old, often proprietary control system hardware and software.
Mechanical elements such as bearings, bushings, linkages, gears, ball-screws and hydraulics are easily repaired/replaced but the electronics are not.
From Concept to Creation
It’s true that some have attempted to adapt standard machine-tool CNC’s to Tube Bending machines but tube forming is a highly specialised process and G-code programming doesn’t relate to Lengths, Rotations and Angles (LRA’s), not to mention the handling of Automatic Spring-back Compensation, Multi-Stack tooling, Carriage Boosting, etc., etc.
In 1987, we created the first all-digital-motion CNC control system, specifically for tube bending. This was also the first ever to feature the very robust capacitive touch-screen technology and graphical user interface (GUI). The customer was, at the time, the world’s #1 car producer.
In 1988, we were contracted by Italy’s #1 CNC Tube Bender producer to bring this technology to their line of CNC Tube Bending machines which resulted in 100+ units/year.
In 1993, Pines, the inventor of the CNC Tube Bender, decided to switch from their own in-house developed control technology to ours.
Today, we have the features and flexibility to accommodate any existing bending machine with any number of CNC axes, be-it a standalone machine or integrated with robot load/unload and other work-cell apparatus.
CNC Tube Bending Machines that we have repaired/re-controlled/upgraded: