The idea behind SyncView originated by simply observing a press brake’s bending process and evaluating each step objectively. It became quickly apparent that the way in which the operator and the machine interact is often far from logical and efficient.
With the traditional press brake, the operator is actually ‘bound’ to his static read-out screen on the side of the machine. He has to constantly interact with it: for setting up, making adjustments and viewing the correct way to position the piece. This means that he is looking either at the screen or at the work.
SyncView was invented from the notion that it would be ideal to be able to watch both screen and the workpiece simultaneously during the bending process. This innovative solution consists of a tablet screen that is automatically positioned at the optimal location: where the piece is actually being worked on by the operator.
The operator no longer has to look at a fixed 3D image on the screen – sometimes meters away from him – this way, time is no longer wasted when bending (complex) parts. With this innovation– in which the 3D image of the bending steps is always right in front of the user – he can understand and carry out the steps quicker during the bending sequence. In addition, the 3D images on the screen can be rotated, without the operator having to leave the work position. This enables an even better and faster evaluation of complex pieces than is possible from a single perspective. User tests indicate time-savings of up to 25% during the actual bending process.
The operator no longer has to constantly keep turning his head between the screen and the place where the workpiece must be positioned. Eliminating repetitive torsional movements of the neck and torso reduces long-term health risks. Now, the operator can look in the same direction at both the screen and the workpiece, which simply requires eye movement – producing a more pleasant, natural and comfortable interaction.
What’s more, should something go wrong, the operator now sees it more quickly. This is a safety benefit particularly when positioning the piece. The operator is no longer occupied either with the screen or with the workpiece. The workflow becomes one, so to speak – enabling the operator to focus 200% on the bending process itself.