As indicated in the introduction, the Universal Press Brake Concept was developed by Wila in order to further enhance the quality, productivity and flexibility of press brakes. Instead of a product-specific adaptation (New Standard, European Style, American Style or customized) integrated into the upper beam, the press brake builder machines a flat upper and lower beam, equipped only with (threaded) holes to which the preferred clamping system can be attached, the so called Universal Press Brake Concept. By means of keyslot fixing holes, the clamping systems can be quickly and easily attached to the upper and lower beams. Wila supplies all the necessary parts and accessories for all three world standard systems, as well as the relevant top- and bottom tools.
This is illustrated in the diagram. Upon request, customized models can also be supplied.
This approach offers press brake manufacturers significant advantages because all of the machines can be built identically. If desired, the machines need not be provided with the selected tool system until they are actually installed. For the user, this concept represents unprecedented flexibility, by which the choice for a certain tooling system can be optimally attuned to factors such as type of product, processing methods, series size and changeover frequency. This also makes it possible to easily adapt to changes in the production program. It is even possible to combine top tools from one standard with bottom tools from a different standard. For example: American Style top tools and New Standard bottom tools.
Another significant advantage for the user is the fact that the Tx/Ty concept now becomes universally applicable, irrespective of the type of tool system. Over the entire length of the machine, tool alignment is possible over the x axis (Tx), that is, in relation to the back gauge. Depending on the selected configuration, various options are available for corrections over the y axis (Ty). As a result, for every standard, effective compensation can be made over both the x axis and the y axis for unavoidable accumulated machine tolerances, and even for changes caused by use over the course of time (e.g. due to the release of material stress). The economic life of the machine can be extended considerably in this manner, without the need for extensive re-machining (and the costs and loss of production these bring).