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Roper Whitney Folders | Auto Brake | Sheet Metal Machinery

Roper Whitney Autobrake

The Roper Whitney Autobrake Folding Machine is offered in a range of models from 4 feet to 13 feet , and capacities through 1/4" steel , the Autobrake 2000 folding machine is designed to meet the needs of job shops, metal roofing contractors, and architectural sheet metal fabricators. These CNC metal folding systems incorporate automatic gauging, clamping, and pivot bending for versatile, efficient part production. Bending and gauge positioning accuracy alllow a wide range of parts to be fabricated with repeat precision.

Computer Controlled Auto Brake- Flexible, powerful, and easy to use makes the Orion control system a must have for any sheet metal fabricator. This all new Windows® based controller was specifically designed for the Autobrake Folding Machine and uses a touch-based graphical user interface for quick editing and creation of part programs. With minimal training, operators can quickly learn to dynamically generate part drawings complete with up-to-date bend angles and lines, material handling instruction, plus hemming and radius macros. An internal modem allows our technicians to troubleshoot your Orion Control using a phone line.

Dual Clamping System- Clamping pressure is easily programmed at the control without manual adjustments allowing soft and painted materials to be held without marrign. The Roper Whitney Autobrake Folding Machine is activated by footswitch through a unique spring loaded system, and driven from both ends, clamping ressures approaching 40 tons are achieved.

Powerful Bending System - Folding of the part is accomplished by a rotating beam driven from both ends by heavy duty low-friction roller chains with an automatic tensioning device for low maintenance. Accuracy of the bend is ensured by encoder feedback attached directly to the rotating center of the bending beam.

Universal Tooling - Every Roper Whitney Autobrake comes with continuous upper, lower, and bending tooling included, as well as a complete set of box and pam (Kombi) tooling (1" through 24" widths).Specialty tooling, while seldom needed, is also available to meet your needs for every Roper Autobrake 2000 folding machine.

Patented Kombi™ Beam - Found only on the Roper Whitney Autobrake, this patented upper beam allows both straight full length bending box work without changing tools.The box tooling is mounted on the reverse side of the beam and rotated into position in a fraction of the tool change over time required with other systems. Angles, raduis bends, and hems all can be formed with the Autobrake Folding Machine without any additional tool setup during part production.

CNC Backgauge -Multiple sets of steps are provided for fast accurate positioning of the work material without pre-measuring or scribing of the sheet. Low profile spring stops in the forward position allow gauging between the clamping jaws for short flanges without marking soft materials.

Optional Features For The Autobrake Automated Wing Bender Folder:

  • 4" Tall Upper Beam Sectional Tooling
    • The unique Kombi beam is a fabricated structural prism on which is mounted
      tooling to firmly clamp a broad range of materials and withstand the forces
      generated by capacity forming operations. Machined into the Kombi beam 180¡
      from each other are the attachment surfaces for the straight and box and pan
      tooling. Tools are attached to the Kombi beam with standard socket head cap screws
      and grooves are provided to secure the tools even while the clamping bars are loosened
      for adjustment. Rotation of the Kombi beam is powered by a brake motor driving a sprocket
      and roller chain mechanism.
  • Several Backgauge Configurations Including:
    • U-Shaped Backgauge Extension
      • The U-shaped 12' backgauge system is simply a right and left backgauge extension
        taking your total backgauge dimension out to 144". This option can be mounted on any
        61" backgauge and can also be added to machine already in the field.
    • Left Or Right Hand 12' Backgauge Extension
      • The 12' foot backgauge extension can be added to any 61" backgauge and will extend your
        total gauging out to 144". This feature can be added at any time and can be retrofitted to
        machines that are already in the field. The backgage extension can be mounted on either the
        right or left side but needs to be specified when it is ordered.
    • Complete 12' Backgauge
    • The optional complete 12' backgauging system has to be specified prior to ordering an Autobrake.
      This system consists of a complete backgauge table that is 12' in depth as well as 12' in width.
  • 61 inch Sheet Metal Backgauge
    • 60" ball screw backgauge offering a larger backgauge
      depth as well as the capability to extend the backgauge to 10'
  • Squaring Arm For Small Or Narrow Parts
    • A squaring arm can be added to any backgauge to help in gauging narrow parts.
      The squaring arm mounts on the side of the backgauge and allows the operator to
      use one or backgauge fingers to accurately gauge narrow pieces.
  • Laser Scanner
    • The optional laser scanner is a programmable safety system that scans the entire front
      side of the Autobrake. This unit is mounted under the machine and offers more security
      than light curtains.
  • Hardened Tooling
    • Tooling for the Autobrake can be laser hardened for more durability. This option is only
      recommended when all stainless steel or pieces with plasma cut edges are run on the machine


Specifications For All Roper Whitney Autobrake Straight Folding Machines:

AB1016 AB1014 AB1216 AB1214
Bending Capacity (Mild Steel) 16ga 14ga 16ga 14ga
Bending Capacity (Stainless) 20ga 16ga 20ga 16ga
Bending Length 122" 122" 147.5" 147.5"
Bending Bars 0.787", 0.390", 0.250" 0.787", 0.390", 0.250" 0.787", 0.390", 0.250" 0.787", 0.390", 0.250"
Back Gauge Depth (Standard) 39.37" 39.37" 39.37" 39.37"
Back Gauge Depth Increased (Optional) On Request On Request On Request On Request
Clamping Beam Opening Height 4.5" 7.3" 7.3" 7.3"
Clamping Beam Straight Bar Tooling 30º 30º 30º 30º
Folding Beam Adjustment 2" 2" 2" 2"
Crowning of the Folding Beam 5-Point 0"-0.030" Adjustment 5-Point 0"-0.030" Adjustment 5-Point 0"-0.030" Adjustment 5-Point 0"-0.030" Adjustment
Working Height 35" 35" 35" 35"
Machine Length 155" 159" 181" 181"
Machine Width 56" 89" 89" 89"
Machine Height 60" 68" 68" 68"
Machine Weight 6202lbs 8542lbs 9842lbs 10350lbs
Shipping Weight 6912lbs 9022lbs 10500lbs 11000lbs
Back Gauge Servo Motor 3/4 hp 3/4 hp 3/4 hp 3/4 hp
Clamping Beam Motor 1.5 hp 2 hp 2 hp 2 hp
Bending Beam Motor 1.5 hp 2 hp  2 hp 3 hp



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