The exchangeable cassette system is arranged in the profiling area. Depending on the type of profile, it may accommodate cassettes with 12 profiling stations. Retooling for different profiles is accomplished in no time by rotating or replacing the cassette. Swiveling is accomplished with little effort by means of a hand wheel via a reduction gear. The retooling process requires only a few minutes and it is quickly and easily completed without tools. The replacement of the cassette requires tools such as a forklift, a table-mounted crane or an overhead crane. Even in this case, the maximum time required is less than 20 minutes. The hardened and surface treated profile rollers of the cassettes are pre-set to material gauges of between 0.5 - 0.7 mm in the factory (except for special or facade profiles they may be set to either 0.6 - 0.8 mm or 0.8 - 1.0 mm). As with all Schlebach profile shaping machines, narrow panels, oblique panels and conical panels may easily be produced in just 2 operations and without additional tools.
The machine is equipped with a PLC to automatically process material in various lengths and quantities. Control inputs are entered via a menu-driven touch panel that is located in the infeed area of the machine or that may be arranged on a rail between the infeed and outlet areas where it can be moved. The program with the profile shaping runs may be executed automatically or in single cycle mode.
Profiling from a coil requires that the desired length and the item count are entered first via the touch panel. In the machine, manually fed strip material is transported by driven transport rollers. When the programmed length is reached, the frequency converter controlled drive is stopped and the crosscut shear executes an automatic cut. The overshoot, i.e. the tolerance in length is about 1 - 2 mm. In automatic mode, the next strip is started automatically. In single cycle mode, the operator is responsible for the restart. When the last profile has been cut from the strip, the material feed may be stopped by means of the clutch lever before the strip is removed manually from the infeed area.