KMF Group invests in automated bending
(Image caption above: KMF's new TruBend Cell 7000.)
KMF Precision Sheet Metal, the sheet metal fabrication arm of the KMF Group in the UK, has kickstarted the first quarter of the year with investment in new robotic bending equipment. As part of plans which began in 2015 to introduce automated robotic systems in the UK, it has committed to a rolling technology investment programme.
The latest addition to its ambitious innovation plans is a TRUMPF TruBend Cell 7000, complete with Wireless ACB (Automatically Controlled Bend technology), which has already begun delivering products.
Terry Stanway, KMF purchasing and facilities director, commented: “The combined offerings from the current technology will ensure that we can now investigate lights-out production opportunities for larger volume demand, particularly for smaller components, where additional capacity is required. The installation of the Autobend Cell represents the first phase of investment in 2021, during which time we also expect to commit to further technology advancements with an upgrade to our existing automated twin system, Laser Cell.
“From initial investigations, it is expected that this project is likely to result in production cycle reductions of up to 60% across a range of material types and gauges,” he added.
KMF Group is a leading subcontract manufacturer of precision sheet metal components, enclosures, machined components and electro-mechanical assemblies. It delivers precision sheet metal fabrication, CNC machining and value-added services such as value engineering, design and electro-mechanical integration, to manufacture sheet metal parts and assemblies for OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) across the UK and Europe.
It spans 255,000 sq. ft. of metal manufacturing floorspace and provides services across a broad range of industries. See www.kmf.co.uk/