XL-Center: Compact innovation!
The RAS XL-Center folding machine is a folding innovation for light gauge sheet metal profiles used mainly in the roofing and architectural industry. With 3200 mm (126″) of folding length and 1.5 mm (16 Ga) mild steel capacity, the XL-Center offers technical excellence. The XL-Center folds the sheet up and down and keeps material handling at a minimum. The tools roll away with the material, therefore the XL-Center is ideal for folding pre-coated materials. The XL-Center closes hems to a programmed dimension. The position of the folding beams and the patented 300 degree free space in front of the beams offers almost unlimited part design flexibility.
Benefits of the RAS XL-Center Folding Machine
- Folds tapered parts
- Touch screen control allows for easy part programming
- Automated folding sequences
About Automated Folding Sequences
The folding beams are designed to rotate during folding by only a few millimeters. They fold the material up and down and for most parts complete the workpiece without any operator involvement. Part rotation is not required! For parts with hems on both sides or hems in the middle of the part, the operator manually flips the part or closes the hem. The patented 300 degree free space in front of the beams offers almost unlimited part design flexibility. This folding beam arrangement allows for profiles that extend back toward the beams. But the free space is even more beneficial when a folding beam reaches the next bend line by diving into a pre-bent profile.
The grippers hold the part during the entire folding cycle and position it automatically for each bend. For most parts the operator unloads only the finished workpiece. The grippers are also designed to clamp above pre-bent or closed hems and when they are used as stop fingers, they can come close to the bend line.