FORMA Z folding machine

FORMA Z folding machine
PROLINK CONTROL SYSTEM

ProLink Control System

Our ProLink software offers easy and local programming, helping you add more functionality to your metal forming production. Take your programming to the next level with the convenience and efficiency of automation.

Advantages of the ProLink Control System

  • Large 21.5” display
  • Automatic folding and collision detection
  • Machine to profile interfacing
  • Remote offline programming
  • Adjustable and flexible touch screen

Learn more about ProLink

Forma Z ProLink - CIDAN Machinery Americas

COMBI BEAM TOOL CHANGER

Combi Beam Tool Changer

The optional Combi beam offers flexibility like no other tooling system. With a simple rotation of the upper beam, you can switch between the straight rail and box tooling in a matter of seconds. This gives the ability to form a larger variety of parts with little or no tool changing.

Advantages of the Combi beam

  • Quick tool changes
  • Large space around the tools
  • Increased flexibility
  • Same opening height regardless of tool selection
  • 203mm (8″) high divided tooling standard

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Combi beam tool changer- CIDAN Machinery

Combi beam tool changer rotating diagram - CIDAN Machinery Americas

Height Adjustable Backgauge

Height Adjustable Back Gauge

The back gauge table is often the single most important item when investing in a power folder. It can save businesses time and money if the system is flexible and fully incorporated with a control system.

Our versatile AGS back gauge table is available with motorized adjustable height. With the height adjustable back gauge, a U-Shaped base unit comes standard which spans over the length of the machine and has a depth of 1550/1050/1550 mm (61/41.3/61″). Add different modules to the right, left or in the middle, up to a total depth of 4300 mm (169″).

The CNC control ProLink X guarantees that the back gauge table automatically adjusts and moves when you reach the next step in the sequence. Height adjustable back gauge requires multifold execution.

height adjustable back gauge - CIDAN Machinery Americas

AGS Accurate Gauging System - CIDAN Machinery Americas

Suction cup for higher automation

Vacuum Cup System

The optional feature of adding a suction cup system to the AGS backgauge takes your machine one step closer to automation. The suction cup system can work with a variety of materials to automate the load, bend sequence advancement, and also unloading of material. This in conjunction of the ergonomic advantages of up/down forming will correlate into safer and more efficient part output.

Advantages of the Vacuum Cup System

  • Safer operation
  • Faster automation
  • Flexibility with robotic automation

Suction cup attachment on Forma Z power folding machine - CIDAN Machinery

Up/Down Bi-Directional Forming

Up/down bending & forming

With the Up-Down folding feature, this machine eliminates the need for an operator to flip materials with low energy consumption and noise level. Short cycle times, precision flange dimensions and angles, high levels of productivity and low costs per part guarantee a quick payback of the investment.

Our up/down folders with optional features make them the most flexible and unique machines in the market. Equip the PRO Z with vacuum tables to help create more automation in your forming department.

Advantages of up/down bending & forming

  • No part flipping required
  • Fast folding sequences of complex details with one operator
  • Maximum flexibility with automatic tool locking

 

PRO Z up down sheet metal folder folding beam lower position - CIDAN Machinery Americas

PRO Z up down sheet metal folder folding beam upper position - CIDAN Machinery Americas

FORMA Z folding machine is the most flexible and diverse sheet meta folding machine in our profile. Folding both up and down, FORMA Z folding machine eliminates the need to flip material, providing time-efficient folding of complex parts using one operator. With the capacity to fold both directions while maintaining the ability for up acting front operation for small batch runs, this machine is proven to be the complete package for sheet metal shops. Tool changes can now be made even faster thanks to optional dual sided high divided tools on combi beam, automatic tool locking, as well as the new tool layout in the updated control system, ProLink W. A newly developed construction of the folding beam, automatic folding center, and sheet thickness adjustment provides superior folding quality in all thicknesses.

  • CNC controlled crowning of folding beam
  • CNC brake that folds upward and downward, no need to flip the material.
  • 150mm movement of folding beam, to move outside of material on folding side.
  • The Combi beam comes equipped with 8” (203mm) High Divided Tools and 30º straight rail.
  • Comes as standard with multifold tooling, CNC controlled sheet thickness and folding center adjustment.
  • The folding beam can be used as front gauge up to 150 mm.
  • Add vacuum grippers to make work lighter, more precise, and automated!

“Our strongest target was to create a full-package machine with all the eight necessary features an industrial folding machine should possess: one-of-a-unique-kind.”
—Stefan Frid, R&D head at CIDAN Machinery.

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  • Vacuum grippers in the back gauge!

  • Auto Tool Detection

Specifications
Model Folding Length Folding Capacity Opening Height Outer Dimensions**** Weight Motor
  mm
(“)
Steel*
mm (ga)
Stainless steel**
mm (ga)
Aluminum***
mm (“)
Clamping beam
mm (“)
Length x depth x height
mm (“)
kg (lbs) Clamping beam
kW (hp)
Folding beam
kW(hp)
FORMA Z 30 3200
(126)
3.0
(11)
2.0
(14)
4.5
(0.177)
210
(8.3)
4900 (193) x 2750 (108) x 2000 (78) 7200 (15,7) 2 x 1.1
(2 x 1.5)
2 x 4.0
(2 x 5.4)
FORMA Z 40 4100
(161)
2.0
(14)
1.4
(17)
3.5
(0.138)
210
(8.3)
5800 (228) x 2750 (108) x 2000 (78) 9500
(20,9)
2 x 1.1
(2 x 1.5)
2 x 4.0
(2 x 5.4)

Tensile strength *at 400 N/mm2–58000 lbf/in2 (psi) – **at 600 N/mm2–87000 lbf/in2 (psi) – ***at 200 N/mm2–29000 lbf/in2 (psi) – ****With motorized back gauge AGS

  • CNC controlled crowning of folding beam
  • Control System ProLink W 21.5″ widescreen with integrated buttons
  • CNC controlled sheet thickness and folding center
  • Multifold: all three beams are delivered with segmented tools (w/out tooling)
  • The folding beam is delivered with either 8 mm ( .3″), 12 mm (.47″), 15 mm (.6″) or 25 mm (.98″) segmented tools
  • Laser scanner on folding beam side, light curtain on both folding and gauging side
  • Back gauge can be delivered with vacuum gripper; and/or with height adjustment – all to your wish; minimum gauging is 6 mm for spring steel fingers (AGS)
  • Automatic lock of high divided and folding beam tools
  • Automatic lubrication

Motorized back gauge AGS with ball transfers.

Motordrivet bakre anslag AGS - Cidan Machinery

 

For large applications like panels, doors and cabinets, we recommend a J-shaped or U-shaped back gauge. With the expandable back gauge table, the operator can choose to work either at the folding or gauging side of the machine. Even 3 and 4 m parts can easily be handled by one operator. A standard AGS back gauge table can be expanded to a J-, L-or U-shaped back gauge table afterwards.

Flexibelt anslagsbord - Cidan Machinery

Our robust back gauge system AGS can be supplied with height adjustment as an option. This is perfect for gauging reverse z-flanges on the back gauge. Height adjustable back gauge requires multifold execution.

Höj- och sänkbart anslagsbord - CIDAN Machinery

Integrated tool storage on left hand side (viewed from folding side).

Integrerad vertygsförvaring - Cidan Machinery

Divided straight rail 30°, straight S1 shape on nose.

High divided tools 203 mm for the combi beam.

 

 

Divided folding beam rails, 8 mm 12 mm, 15 mm or 25 mm.

With the offline-software option on PROLINK W, programming can be completed in the office away from the machine.

PROLINK X Offline Software - CIDAN Machinery Americas

6 outputs for ProLink W.

Prepared for robot. With robot you get a fully automatic production unit.

Includes extra foot pedal and key switch for folding side operation.

Allows the operator to move the foot pedal quickly and smoothly along the folding area. Appropriate when folding is done with several folding stations. Especially recommended if the machine is equipped with Multifold. This option is considered a great safety feature when bolted to the floor. When operator engages foot pedal, they are away from the upcoming folding beam.

Flyttbar fotpedal på skena - Cidan Machinery

Safely store the divided tooling for your CIDAN folder. The tool cart is recommended to decrease the risk of damaging tools and misplacing tools during tool changing. It is possible to store divided rails on the cart and there is room for hand tools for the operators and machine instruction manual. The cart is equipped with lockable wheels and pull handles. Especially recommended if the machine is equipped with the Multifold tooling system.

Verktygsvagn - CIDAN Machinery

Vacuum gripper in the back gauge for semi-automation.

Suction cup attachment on Forma Z power folding machine - CIDAN Machinery