A new quick-change tool system that reduces the labour and time required for tooling changeover on tube bending machines has been designed by AddisonMckee. The company claims that “part to part” tool changes with either single or multi-stack tooling can be accomplished by one person in under 10 minutes.
A Bend Die Lift Plate system holds the bend die and wiper posts together as a set by a lifting plate which negates the need for wiper or bracket adjustments during tooling changeovers.  A quick release tie-bar pin provides effective tie-bar retraction, without the need to remove the tie-bar from the machine, and allowing for the tie-bar to slide away for quick access to the tool set, says the company.