“With the MSP 400, we're proving that the efficient production of blanked and formed parts is also possible for a low acquisition cost," says executive director Markus Bieg from Schuler. “This new generation of presses is aimed at customers who are seeking a more balanced cost/benefit ratio, without having to sacrifice the versatile ServoDirect technology or the convenience of simple operation.”

Compared to presses that use conventional drive technology, the MSP 400’s oscillating stroke mode makes it possible to increase output via a customisable stroke height setting of between 60 and 300 mm. The clamping surface for the bed and slide measures 2,500 by 1,200 mm. The slide – along with the monolithic press frame – consists of a welded steel structure that has undergone stress-relief annealing.

With the help of an easy-to-use touchscreen, operators can select from five pre-programmed slide movement curves for forming, blanking, embossing, bending, and drawing. The movement sequences can be customised to fit specific process parameters, which improves both the precision of the processed parts and the service life of the dies. Optionally available OptimizerPRO allows full-range free programmability of the slide kinematics, while the set-up and try-out functions reduce the time required to run-in the dies.

The MSP 400 can also be equipped with Smart Assist from Schuler, in order to assist the press operator during setup. The operator is guided step-by-step through the process by an electronic wizard that uses videos and graphics for illustration, provides fully-automated optimisation of the slide and transfer movement curves, and transfers the data to the entire system. Smart Assist is part of the Smart Press Shop, a collection of Schuler solutions for the digitisation and networking of forming technology.

With the direct and low-maintenance drive via torque motors – no gear transmission – high availability and excellent process reliability are offered. Combined with a reduced moment of inertia, this also improves energy efficiency. Maintenance work is focused on the condition of the machine, which can be monitored around the clock on a smartphone or tablet from anywhere in the world. Electronic overload protection is another feature.