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Plate & Angle Rolls

Contender

By Lynn Stanley

CNC control with patented software and 3-roll bending technology equip fabricators to take on the competition

April 2021 - When newcomer Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] took on world heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in 1964, he told fans he would “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.” He danced, shuffled and jabbed his way to a seventh-round knockout to claim the title. The iconic phrase was Ali’s self-described fighting style in the ring, but it is also an apt description of Boschert USA’s plate roll bending machines produced by French equipment builder AMB Picot.

The North American distributor’s Picot 3-roll machines can finesse aluminum composite material (ACM) into architectural shapes, tackle welterweight materials,or take on heavy plate up to 1 in. thick with equal dexterity. Single-minded pursuit of target markets, service and commitment to defining, sourcing, building and delivering the right machine to fit a customer’s needs has kept the agile business in the family for four generations.

“My father-in-law’s father, Leo Richards, started L. L. Richards Machinery Co. in 1937,” says Boschert USA Owner and President Greg Hoesly. “The company eventually became a local dealer for Boschert Precision Machinery Co. Inc.

“In 1984, I started working for my father-in-law and purchased Boschert in 2002,” he continues. “Initially, our plan was to run Boschert as part of L. L. Richards, but the market was dwindling for used machinery. We made the decision to sell L. L. Richards and focused our efforts on Boschert’s notchers and its manual and CNC punching machines.”

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Picot’s 3-roll design processes aluminum composite material without damaging the material’s fragile surfaces. Rolls can also be fitted with polyamide covers to allow rolling of ACM with pre-bent flanges.

More torque

The company has since expanded to represent five European machine companies for punching, cutting, copper bar processing, horizontal bending/straightening, profile bending, press brakes and shears. In 2016, Boschert became the U.S. distributor for Picot.

Picot 3-roll machines can process thin sheet, thick plate, pre-painted, ACM and 3D parts [plates with flanges]. The equipment features symmetrical rolls that operate independently of each other for pre-bending. “Our roll bending machines have 16 percent more torque than a similar-size 4-roll machine, yet leave 30 percent less flat edge on pre-bend sheets. Our motors are also larger than competitive 4-roll machines. You really can’t argue with physics and geometry.”

The technology has allowed Boschert to capture work from a diverse customer base. It has also helped the distributor make inroads into emerging markets. Unlike conventional roll bending machines, the versatile Picot three-roll’s polyamide rolls can process ACM without damaging the material’s fragile surface. “A 4-roll machine works by squeezing or compressing the material,” says Hoesly. “If you do that to aluminum-clad material, you’ll wreck it. The use of die bond aluminum in architectural applications is growing because it’s aesthetically pleasing, corrosion resistant and acts as a fire retardant. It has been a good space for us. The material is expensive, so manufacturers don’t want to see it scrapped. We’re a small company that has built its reputation serving niche markets.”

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Picot 3-roll machines can process thin sheet, thick plate, pre-painted, ACM and 3D parts [plates with flanges].

AI

In addition to four series of Picot roll bending machines, Boschert has the tools to help manufacturers reduce their dependence on skilled operators. The Picot EasyRoll CNC is equipped with patented software that helps customers navigate an IIoT, data-driven environment.

“The control borders on artificial intelligence,” says Hoesly. “It builds a database using the parameters from each job the roll bender runs.”  In addition to standard capabilities such as calculating roll requirements for a job, the control’s information collection activities allow it to sense environmental conditions such as whether material is warm or cool or how old it is. The control then draws on that knowledge pool to advise operators about where to start on new jobs.

Service and support is equally important to Boschert. Whether a fabricator needs single-part prototyping or high-volume production, Boschert application engineers can help design/build a machine tailored to a customer’s operations. The company also assembles and commissions its roll benders on-site, before orienting and training personnel.

Hoesly has plans to continue growing the business but he also has what he calls a rather lofty goal. “We understand that customers closely guard techniques they have developed internally,” he says. “If that information could be shared generically, we could grow our database and ultimately offer it as a think tank of sorts that companies across the country could access. The industry is only going to get more digitized. We want to make sure fabricators have the tools they need.”  FFJ

Sources

Company Profiles

AIR FILTRATION

IRONWORKERS

NESTING SOFTWARE

SERVICE CENTERS

Camfil APC - Equipment Trilogy Machinery Inc. Metamation Inc. Admiral Steel
Camfil APC - Replacement Filters

LASER TECHNOLOGY

PLASMA TECHNOLOGY

Alliance Steel
Donaldson Company Inc. AMADA AMERICA, INC. Messer Cutting Systems Inc.

SOFTWARE

BENDING/FOLDING

Mazak Optonics Corp.

PLATE

Enmark Systems Inc.
MetalForming Inc. MC Machinery Systems Inc. Peddinghaus Lantek Systems Inc.
RAS Systems LLC Murata Machinery, USA, Inc.

PLATE & ANGLE ROLLS

SecturaSOFT

BEVELING

TRUMPF Inc. Davi Inc. SigmaTEK Systems LLC
Steelmax Tools LLC

LINEAR POSITION SENSORS

Trilogy Machinery Inc. Striker Systems

COIL PROCESSING

MTS Sensors

PRESS BRAKE TOOLING

STAMPING/PRESSES

Bradbury Group

MATERIAL HANDLING

Mate Precision Tooling AIDA-America Corp.
Burghardt + Schmidt Group EMH Crane Rolleri USA Nidec Press & Automation
Butech Bliss Fehr Warehouse Solutions Inc.

PRESS BRAKES

STEEL

Red Bud Industries UFP Industrial AMADA AMERICA, INC. Alliance Steel
Tishken

MEASUREMENT & QUALITY CONTROL

Automec Inc.

TUBE & PIPE

CONVEYOR SYSTEMS

Advanced Gauging Technologies MC Machinery Systems Inc. BLM Group
Mayfran International

METAL FABRICATION MACHINERY

SafanDarley HGG Profiling Equipment Inc.

DEBURRING/FINISHING

Cincinnati Inc.

PUNCHING

Prudential Stainless & Alloys
ATI Industrial Automation LVD Strippit Hougen Manufacturing

WATERJET

Lissmac Corp. Scotchman Industries Inc.

SAWING

Barton International
Osborn Trilogy Machinery Inc. Behringer Saws Inc. Jet Edge Waterjet Systems
SuperMax Tools

METAL FORMING

Cosen Saws Omax Corp.
Timesavers FAGOR Arrasate USA Inc. DoALL Sawing

WELDING

HYDRAULIC PRESSES

MetalForming Inc. HE&M Saw American Weldquip
Beckwood Press Co.

MICROFINISHING TOOLS

Savage Saws Strong Hand Tools
Triform Titan Tool Supply Inc.

 

T. J. Snow Company

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