How do I set up and operate the CoastOne press brake control system and machine?
The CoastOne Press Brake is controlled via the touch screen Home page that displays when you power up the machine. Here is the Home page for the TC15-2D – Cone C-Series control:
From here setup and operation can be continued with the buttons in the bar at the bottom. The different buttons lead to parameter settings for:
- Material thickness
- Material type
- Individual jobs (for bend info and 2D simulation) Note that for a job you can have multiple bends, and the job page lets you navigate to each bend, so you can control the settings for each.
- Manual mode for jogging the axes and re-referencing the machine
- Alarms, machine issues
- Global settings
- USB stick programs and settings upload
What is Auto mode?
The following button in the bottom bar activates Auto mode:
If the button is active, Auto mode is active and the servo motors are active.
A half light/half dark color in the button indicates semi-auto mode, which can result if:
- the machine is not referenced
- the machine has an alarm
What is Manual mode?
The following button in the bottom bar activates Manual mode:
On the manual mode page, you can reference the machine, jog the axes, and perform service operations.
A light/dark color on the button indicates if manual mode is active and the servo motors are ON.
A possible cause for this button being inactive the machine has an alarm.
The following buttons for jogging appear on the manual mode page:
The axis being jogged can be selected with these above buttons. The buttons are visible depending on if the axis actually exists.
- Y-axis, upper tool/beam.
- X-axis, back gauge horizontal, back and forward.
- R axis, back gauge vertical.
- Z1/Z2 axis, back gauge finger left/right.
- ΔX-axis, right side back gauge finger proportional to the main X-axis.
- S1/S2-axis, servo-driven sheet followers.
You can do a reference run via the Reference Run button:
When the reference run is done, the reference symbol is shown in the upper bar of the screen as well as the axis positions.
The Y-axis position in the upper beam means the distance from the punch tip into the material surface. This value is proportional to the selected tools and the material thickness in the program menu page.
The X- and ΔX-axis position means the distance from the back gauge fingertip to the bend line.
The R-axis position means the distance from the lower surface of the back gauge fingertip to the upper surface of the selected die.
The Z1/Z2-axis position means the distance from the back gauge fingertip’s left edge to the left edge of the die holder.
The S1/S2-axis position means the distance to the horizontal plane.
Note: Some of the axis positions are proportional to the currently selected tools and material thickness.
With buttons shown blow selected, an axis can be jogged manually:
With the ++/– buttons, an axis can be jogged continuously, ++ being the positive direction (upwards, backward, rightward).
A Y-axis jog with — requires that the pedal also be pressed. To avoid a safety device error where the pedal is being pressed without downwards movement, first press the button on the screen, then press the pedal.
When jogging the Y-axis upwards with the ++ button, do not push the pedal for the same reason mentioned just above.
The 0.1, 0.01, and 0.001 axes can be jogged step by step.
If the 0.1 button is kept pressed for 1s, the axis moves continuously at a slow speed.
The following button activates the Parking function:
During the parking function, the Y-axis can be run down with limited force, for example, if tools are being fixed or the bottom dead point has to be checked for special cases like hemming tools. The pedal has to be pressed simultaneously. The parking force can be adjusted from the Settings page 1.
When the parking function is being used, the Y-axis must be lifted with the button on the lower bar (see below).
How do I lift the upper tool?
You can raise the upper tool by pushing this button in the bottom bar of the Home page:
Note that if the servo motors are OFF, this button is inactive.
Can I view all warnings and alarms?
The following button shows you warnings and alarms:
This button will blink when you have an active alarm. Clicking the button takes you to the Warning and Alarms page, where you can see the following:
What are the parameter controls in the Settings pages?
The following button leads to the Settings pages:
There are three Settings pages, where you can control global settings. Here we are on the first of the three Settings pages:
This Page 1 has the following parameter settings:
Page 2 has the other parameter settings:
Page 3 contains the materials table:
A material’s ultimate tensile strength (Kg / mm2) affects the calculated bending force and frame deflection compensation. The K-factor affects the X-axis outer dimension correction.
How do I control the Bending program?
The following button in the bottom bar of the Home page leads to the bend info settings:
Clicking this button brings you to the page, showing the settings for the currently active program:
A USB stick is delivered with the machine, containing bending programs, tools, 2D files, plus parameter backup and frame deflection databases:
When you click this USB button, you are taken to the root in the directory tree and can navigate to the directories containing all these program listings and storage settings:
The USB stick can contain additional data than these default folders. Programs and tools can be freely copied from one USB stick to another, or into an office PC, for backup for example.
With the button below, a program listing can be copied into an FTP server:
The FTP server is located on the touch screen and can be configured to be seen as an external network location at a PC, which enables direct program transfer between the machine and the PC. This function must be enabled from factory settings, and the network settings have to be configured properly. Refer to the “FTP Server” section in the User Manual for instructions.
The same button that appears at the right side of the bottom bar of the Home page also appears at the top of the Programs page, just to the left of the USB button:
Clicking that button lists programs, from USB or FTP. The list can be scrolled with a bar on the right side. The program can be selected by clicking on the name. When the list is open, if the list is from USB, by clicking on the directory path (on the root as \USBDisk\PROGRAMS) subfolders can be listed, and the subfolder can be entered by clicking on the subfolder name.
The top bar has the following other buttons:
The page also has the following other program settings and buttons:
How do I control the Punch settings?
Click the name of the punch on the Program page to view the Punch Menu page:
When you click the punch name, the Punch Menu page displays:
This page has the following items:
How do I control the Die settings?
Click the name of the die on the Program page to view the Die Menu page:
When you click the die name, the Die Menu page displays:
This page has the following items:
It is also possible to switch between different die holders and adapters at the die info page.
This function must be enabled from factory settings.
The USB\2D FILES folder must have proper die holder files, which are available from CoastOne and local dealers.
Die holder files must be named as follows:
- The first, the basic one must be “Die holder.xaml”.
- The second (optional) must be “Die holder2.xaml”.
- And so on, up to 5, can be stored, and the last would be “Die holder5.xaml”.
The die holder can be changed by pressing the image of the die holder for a few seconds. To do this, the operator must be fully trained and must understand what he/she is doing, as this automatically changes the Y-axis zero-point depending on the height of the die holder, and collision/damage to the tools and machine can be caused by incorrect die holder values.
Can I use more than one punch or die?
Up to two additional punches and dies can be used in a single bending program. This function must be enabled from factory settings. See the “Multitool Function” section of the User Manual for instructions.
How do I control bend info?
The bend info page is accessed via the arrow button in the bottom right corner of the Program page:
Note that an existing program must be opened or a new program has to be created before you can switch to the bend info page. Also, the program must have tools selected.
The following operations and settings are found on the bend info page:
What can I do in the 2D page?
On the 2D page, you can create and graphically simulate a bending program. Download the “2D” section of the User Manual for instructions on using the 2D feature.
Watch the video below for a walk-through on CoastOne Press Brake Programming.
You can also read the video transcript below
Here again is the TC 15 2d control offered with CoastOne press brakes. It’s a 15 inch Omron display with CoastOne proprietary software. Right here we’re on the main page where you would select your parameters such as your tooling, material thickness, material type, and the overall material length. As you see here you can select your punch, punch parameters, your dye. With material type you have options defaulted such as stainless steel and aluminum. You have your material thickness and the you also have a parts counter. Next we go to the individual job page. Within each job you can have unlimited number of bends. Right now we’re on Bend number one. We select the parameters. You have parameters to choose from such as your angle, the speed changes and the open height. The machine is automatically going to calculate the tonnage necessary for your bend based on material thickness and overall length of that bend. You have your X dimension for your flange length, your R axis height your Z1 – Z2 axis your reference points on your gauging surface. You have a retracts and a delay for your backgage. We also have a 2d simulation mode, where we can simulate a job prior to actually running it. This will reduce the possibility of scrap or interferences. Next we have our manual mode. I can jog all the individual axes if necessary and also we reference the machine. Here are your alarms. If any of the switches are opened if there’s any issues of the machine and find it here. You have a settings page for universal settings for all your jobs. Let’s change from inch to millimeter mode. As mentioned it has USB backup and virtually unlimited storage through jobs. This is the TC 15 control offered by Coast one.
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