Bystronic Xpert Pro press brake – award winner shows fabricators and manufacturers how to ‘rule the bends’

With Industry 4.0 being a major trend in modern fabrication and manufacturing, it is more essential than ever that all equipment items in the production line have balanced capacities, and are able to operate in a coordinated network.

Bending is an essential function in many engineering and industrial processes, and the necessary equipment has to match customer requirements precisely. The new Bystronic Xpert Pro range provides manufacturers with precise bending solutions which offer consistently high bending quality.

A new press brake is a substantial investment, and for this reason versatility is key. The Xpert Pro ‘ticks this box’, as it is able to carry out extended production runs and then easily switch to the production of an individual component.

Contemporary bending requirements are furthermore complex, and for this reason Bystronic offers customers an extensive selection of bending tools. However, Bystronic also reduces complexity through simple machine programming and state-of-the-art CAD/CAM software.

In South Africa, Bystronic products are exclusively sold and installed by First Cut, the foremost provider of consumables and capital equipment solutions for cutting in the country.

The latest Xpert Pro is available in the Classic, Performance and Dynamic editions, which allow customers to select a press brake suited to both their requirements and their budgets. The specifications are as follows:

Classic edition: maximum speed, 7.8in/sec. Maximum working speed, 0.393in/sec.

Performance edition: maximum speed, 8.8in/sec. Maximum working speed, 0.787in/sec.

Dynamic edition: maximum speed, 9.8in/sec. Maximum working speed, 0.984in/sec.

The Xpert Pro is available in a range of bending pressures: from 100 tons to 1000 tons, with bending length starting at 3.1 m to a generous 10.2 m length.

Xpert Pro ByVision Controller

Bystronic’s Xpert Pro press brakes continue to offer unmatched precision. The Xpert Pro’s dynamic crowning with patented pressure reference technology allows for the system to adjust the curvature of the lower beam automatically during bending. This state-of-the-art technology effects corrections in real-time, making use of cutting-edge sensors which provide all required information to the press brake controller, so that automatic corrections can be made without disrupting production.

For fast, error-free bending, Bystronic’s ByVision Bending user interface offers intuitive ease of operation. A touchscreen allows for the fast processing of both individual orders and extensive order lists. What is more, it is possible to programme off-line and then import the data into ByVision Bending without disrupting current production.

Xpert Pro dynamic crowning

Introduced at EuroBLECH 2018, Bystronic has also enhanced the Xpert Pro press brake to create the fully automated Bending Cell. The Bending Cell enables users to handle both short and long production runs – and changing order levels – efficiently and without errors.

The new Bending Cell now enables automation of jobs that previously had to be performed manually. This includes automated tool changes and the transition between jobs which now enables the Bending Cell to operate autonomously 24/7.

While Bending Cell won the MM Award at EuroBLECH 2018, its core, the Xpert Pro, is set to win many more ‘awards’ from satisfied customers in the South African fabrication and manufacturing arena.


Note to Editors

With 63 years of industry experience, First Cut is a leading South African distributor of a range of cutting consumables and capital equipment.

Since producing its first band saw blade in 1960, First Cut has grown its offering substantially over the years, and is able to meet the needs of a vast range of industries through the supply of band saw blades, circular saw blades, hacksaw blades, and other cutting consumables.

First Cut’s merger with Alexander and Poole in 2002 – an exclusive agent for the Starrett range of cutting tools – was a significant milestone in the company’s history, as was its acquisition in 2008 of Band Sawing Services, which meant that the company could expand its services into capital equipment.

Since then, First Cut’s capital equipment division has grown exponentially, thanks to its partnerships with some of the best-known brands globally.  The company’s capital equipment division specialises in metal cutting, sheet metal processing, structural (such as CNC bending and punching), and tube and pipe processing. First Cut has also invested substantially in its service programme enabling the company to provide repairs and maintenance services for a wide range of machines, from entry level band saws to state-of-the-art CNC controlled drilling and cutting lines.

Employing 240 people, First Cut is based in Benrose, Gauteng but has a national footprint and distribution facilities across South Africa.

Quality is at the top of the agenda at First Cut and the company has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification and adheres to strict quality and safety regulations.

Editorial Contact

Kendal Hunt

Managing Director

Kendal Hunt Communications

+27 11 462 6188

+27 82 823 6533

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