If you own a Toyokoki press brake and are thinking about buying a new system, you might want to consider the benefits of getting a press brake control retrofit instead. This could save you tens of thousands of dollars. Read on, and you will learn why!
The Toyokoki and Mitsubishi Partnership
In the early 90s, Mitsubishi acquired the rights to distribute and service Toyokoki press brakes from Toyokoki Co. Ltd. of Nagoya, Japan. At the time, all-electric press brakes were just getting started, and Toyokoki APB and HYB – Series press brakes were considered one of the world’s most precise lines of press brakes in the industry.
Toyokoki Electric and Hybrid press brakes are built to last!
Toyokoki APB Press Brakes were the first 100% ELECTRIC press brakes, meaning no O-ring changes, no hydraulic oil changes, no packing replacements, and no leaking. They even consume less power than same-sized hydraulic machines. They are practically maintenance-free.
Therefore, unlike low-grade hydraulic press brakes, the Toyokoki APB Electric press brakes were build to last for decades. As a result, Toyokoki electric and hybrid press brakes do not have the same maintenance issues as hydraulic press brakes. On the other hand, the control systems on these machines are very outdated and in desperate need of replacement.
Mitsubishi no longer supports the Toyokoki press brake, and some manufacturer options are limited to machine replacement.
Unfortunately, the Toyokoki press brakes are no longer supported by Mitsubishi. Nor does Mitsubishi offer options for upgrades or replacement parts. The Toyokoki has been replaced by Mitsubishi branded Diamond BB Series and the VIDERE operator support system. Are you ready to spend a hundred thousand dollars or more on a new press brake?
Some owners of Toyokoki press brakes turn to third-party CNC control companies like Automec, Inc. to replace press brake and backgauge controllers
Why Toyokoki APB and HYB press brake controls are outdated and need to be replaced
When Toyokoki press brakes were manufactured in the 90’s Microsoft windows was based on MS-DOS and using a 16-bit DOS-based kernel and 32-bit userspace. As a result, the Toyokoki machines were using Offline Windows software to let operators store and retrieve files via RS232 to and from a PC. In modern personal computers, USB has displaced RS-232 for most of its peripheral interface roles. Few computers come equipped with RS-232 ports today, so one must use either an external USB-to-RS-232 converter or an internal expansion card with one or more serial ports to connect to RS-232 peripherals. Furthermore, many are missing are advanced press brake control options that we take for granted today, including an intuitive graphic user interface, color LCD Displays, network capability, USB Job Transfer & Storage, and Programmable Delay/Retract between Bends.
What are my options for Upgrading my old Toyokoki CNC Controller?
Most fabrication shops are still working with old technology that needs to be upgraded. If your Toyokoki machine is having problems with its control system, the best and most affordable solution can be a new third-party CNC control that comes with a warranty and complete support.
The good news is that Automec can utilize existing Toyokoki back gauges and replace the obsolete control system with our PC-based, Fasfold Controller. As a result, you will get a great new system backed by a warranty and ongoing support.
This is where Automec, Inc. can help! Automec can upgrade your Toyokoki press brake controller for less than half the price of purchasing a completely new system. You can get control upgrades for most back gauges, including the Toyokoki APB and HYB Series.
What are my options for a new servo-electric press brake with a warrantee and a state-of-the-art controller?
Would you like a new press brake that emulates a Toyokoki press brake for a very reasonable price? How about retrofitting your Toyokoki with a new controller and purchasing a new small electric press brake to complement it? Automec offers CoastOne servo-electric press brakes that use ball screws and servo motors, exactly like the small Toyokoki press brakes do. Our machines offer the same accuracy and repeatability as the Toyokoki press brakes, along with the other benefits: quiet, fast, low maintenance and low energy consumption. Many of our CoastOne customers made the leap from Toyokoki press brakes to our modern, CoastOne servo-electric press brakes for an extremely reasonable price. Our CoastOne control is easy to use and operators can run the brake with very minimal training.
Can I get a deal if I trade in my Toyokoki Press Brake?
How about trading in your Toyokoki brake? Automec offers trade-in value towards a new CoastOne press brake purchase.
Get started today! Identify your Toyokoki press brake specifications below and contact a support representative from our Toyokoki press brake control retrofit team to learn your options at (781) 893-3403
Toyokoki Press brakes APB Series Specifications (All Electric Press brakes)
The Toyokoki APB Series press brakes are totally electric and offer high precision. Toyokoki’s precision bend technology includes small lot, multi-product production, short cycle delivery schedules, product complexity and accuracy requirements.
|Capacity||6 ton (6000 kgf)|
|Bending Length||7.8 in (200 mm)|
|Stroke Length||3.94 in (100 mm)|
|Down Stroke Speed||0.004 ~ 3.94 in/sec (1.0 ~ 100 mm/sec)|
|Bending Speed||0.0008 ~ 0.79 in/sec (0.02 ~ 20 mm/sec)|
|Up Stroke Speed||0.004 ~ 3.94 in/sec (1.0 ~ 100 mm/sec)|
|Main Motor AC Servo Motor||1.5 kW|
|Backguage Motor Ac Servo Motor||50 W|
|Ram Repetition Accuracy||± 0.00004 in (± 0.001 mm)|
|Backguage Repetition Accuracy||± 0.0004 in (± 0.01 mm)|
|Backguage Speed||1181 in/min (30 m/min)|
|Backguage Stroke||7.87 in (200 mm)|
|Backguage up/down Stroke||3.5 in (90 mm)|
|Machine Weight||200 kg|
|Safety palm devices There are options for two types of palm buttons for safety. Dual palm buttons require activation by both hands; the 3-way palm button with foot switch allows operation by palm, foot, or a combination.Safety light curtains Compatible with third party makes and models. American upper tool adapters American tool holders are 8 inches wide and retrofit into each segmented holder. (Optional) Table|
|Dimensions: in (mm)|
|A: 22 (561) B: 11 (288) D: 28 (720)|
Toyokoki Press brakes HYP Series Specifications (Hybrid Press brakes)
Combining electric accuracy with hydraulic force.
The patented electric / hydraulic “hybrid” system features AC servo motor driven hydraulic pumps capable of extraordinary positioning accuracy. The HYB accurately controls ram speed and positioning with its extremely responsive servo motors which in turn control the oil flow and stroke of the piston.
Press force (ton)
A Table length (mm)
B Distance between frames (mm)
C Table width (mm)
D Open height (mm)
E Table height (mm)
F Depth (mm)
G Cap depth (mm)
H Height from floor (mm)
I Depth below floor level (mm)
J Ram stroke (mm)
Ram tilt (mm)
Backguage tilt (mm)
Lower speed (mm/s)
1 ~ 110
1 ~ 110
Pressurization speed (mm/s)
0.1 ~ 12
0.1 ~ 12
Return speed (mm/s)
2 ~ 200
2 ~ 200
Main AC servo motor (kW)
1.3 x 2
1.3 x 2
Power supply capacity (KVA)
Magnetic backgauge stopper
Third and fourth NC powered backgauge stopper
Safety palm devices
Safety light curtains
American upper tool adapters
Sheet follower support system (BT-03)
Hydraulic clamping system
Get started today by contacting our press brake control retrofit team for help at (781) 893-3403