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Updated: Dec 12, 2018

Manufacture Spotlight

About RAS Systems

Founded in 1992, RAS Systems LLC grew to the market leader for metal cutting and forming machines in the United States.

Milestones in company history

1939        Wilhelm Reinhardt started RAS as a mechanical workshop
1946        Start of production of sheet metal processing machines
1949        Move from the Sindelfingen center to the present location
1955        RAS trademark is registered
1966        Construction of a production plant in Effringen
1978        First extension of the Effringen factory
1981        Founder Wilhelm Reinhardt passed away
1981        Willy Stahl sen and Rolf Reinhardt take over management
1985        Willy Stahl sen and Waltraud Stahl are the sole shareholders
1990/93   Sons Willy Stahl and Rainer Stahl enter the management
1992        Foundation of RAS Systems in the US
2000        Inauguration of assembly extension and showroom in Sindelfingen
2008        Extension of factory Effringen
2014        RAS celebrates its 75th anniversary
2017        Additional production area in Effringen

Milestones in RAS product development

1949        RAS builds the first folding machine
1968        World’s first NC-controlled folding machine
1991        First fully automated panel bender: Multibend-Center
1999        World’s first folding center for long parts
2006        First UpDown folding machine: UpDownBend
2008        World’s first folding center for small parts: MiniBendCenter
2012        First semi-automated panel bender: UpDownCenter
2013        Automatic One-Click part programming
2014        World’s first folding center for profiles: ProfileCenter
2016        XLTbend as a high-tech offensive in UpDown bending

Spotlight Machine


The XLTbend with hybrid gauging system in T-shape


XLTbend Highlights

  • Easy operation: Part rests on gauging system
  • Also thin and flexible blanks can be easily handled
  • Semi automatic part handling. Safe and ergonomic operation
  • Energy-sapping lifting and holding of parts is eliminated
  • A single person can even bend large and heavy components
  • Operation from folding beam side (smaller parts and profiles)
  • Operation from gauging side (large panels)
  • Automatic part programming
  • SnapTools: automatic retraction from side flanges
  • ViN (Virtual Navigator): shows the part loading position
  • Support function: Bending of smaller parts from the gauging side
  • Ideal solution for users with high demands on flexibility
  • Solution for small and medium budgets

UpDown bending technology

The XLTbend can be operated from the front and from the rear. With the new and double-monitoring safety system, even a front operation with UpDown bending technology is possible.

  • No material flipping required
  • Program controlled folding beam pendulum movement (zero setup time)
  • Passing pre-bent flanges (150 mm folding beam stroke)
  • Deep folding beam (perfect bending accuracy)
  • Quick and easy operation. Short cycle times.
  • Automatic folding sequence per station and part side

When the bending direction changes, the folding beam automatically moves to the other edge of the folding beam tool under program controlOperation from the front for small and narrow parts. Rear operation with large components

Revolutionary folding beam design

The patented “Beam-in-Beam” concept reduces the deflection of the folding beam to a minimum. This design achieves incredibly straight bends. An additional crowning axis is completely unnecessary, and the folding beam can be used as a stop in the pivoted 90 degree position. The adjustments for sheet thickness and bend radius are also performed automatically.

  • Patented “Beam-in-Beam” folding beam design
  • Minimum deflection of the folding beam
  • Straight bend without a crowning system
  • Folding beam can be used as a stop for angular parts
  • No set-up times due to automatic adjustment to thickness and radius

The folding beam can be used as a stop for angular parts

Rigid upper beam geometry

  • Very rigid geometry
  • Bending area from the rear well visible
  • Bending up and down
  • Examples: industry (cassettes, panels, profiles)

The 90 degree upper beam offers maximum stiffness and plenty of clearance behind the upper beam

Hybrid gauging system

Stop fingers of the hybrid gauging system position of the blank to the bend line. Suction cups hold the part in place against the fingers, so that subsequent bends can be positioned without the help or handling of an operator. The modular concept allows the choice between a rectangular gauging system or an extended T-shape gauging system.

  • Hybrid gauging system eliminates misalignment (precision parts)
  • Stop finger rows separately controlled (fast positioning)
  • Rigid stop fingers (long-term accuracy)
  • Lockable stop fingers (coil material with warped or uneven edges)
  • Active squaring arm (aligning of long and narrow parts)
  • Small panel improves rear access

Compact rectangular gauing system or deep T-shape  gauing systemThe rigid stop fingers can gauge small parts as close as 10 mm behind the bend line

ViN (Virtual Navigator)

The ViN (Virtual Navigator) shows the operator the exact part loading position with an intelligent laser beam. The software calculates the position of the visible edge of the blank in accordance with the actual tool setup. When working from the gauging system, smaller parts can be easily loaded at the end of the gauging table (support function).

  • Laser beam shows the exact part loading position
  • ViN moves along the working length under program control
  • Two versions: laser only to the front or on both sides
  • Loading position matches to the tool set-up (also with a multi-station setup)
  • Quick and precise part loading

One-click part programming

Where experience and expertise were formerly required for programming, this intelligence is embedded in the machine software. Either the operator on the floor or the engineer in the office directly imports STEP, DXF, or GEO files … and that is it! A simple mouse click is all that is required to program the complete setup and bend sequence automatically.

  • Exact and error-free transfer of CAD data
  • Automatic programming of the bending process
  • No expert knowledge required
  • Software suggests the best folding sequence with a 5 star ranking
  • 3D simulation of the bending process
  • Highest bending accuracy due to material tables
  • Loading individual programs or processing job lists
  • Online support via TeamViewer

[Translate to english:] Automatische Programmierung des Biegeablaufs und Bewertung verschiedener AlternativenRear touch monitor when machine is operated from the gauging system

Technical data

Technical Data XLTbend (mm) RAS 71.40 RAS 71.30
Working length 4060 mm 3200 mm
Material thickness max (400 N/mm²) 2.5 mm 3.0 mm
Upper beam open height max 650 mm 650 mm
Box height max (four-sided) 300 mm 300 mm
Gauging system Hybrid gauging system Hybrid gauging system
Programming automatic automatic
Machine dimensions (Rectangular gauging system) 6000 x 3100 mm 5100 x 3100 mm
Machine dimensions (T gauging system) 4000 x 5600 mm 5100 x 4690 mm

Technical Data XLTbend (inch) RAS 71.40 RAS 71.30
Working length 160″ 126″
Material thickness max (58,000 PSI) 13 ga 11 ga
Upper beam open height max 25.6″ 25.6″
Box height max (four-sided) 11.8″ 11.8″
Gauging system Hybrid gauging system Hybrid gauging system
Programming automatic automatic
Machine dimensions (Rectangular gauging system) 236″ x 122″ 200″ x 122″
Machine dimensions (T gauging system) 236″ x 220″ 200″ x 185″

Call sales at Sanson for more information, or to schedule a demo; 425-513-8263