FORMA Z Power Folder - CIDAN Machinery Americas

ProLink Control System

Our ProLink software offers easy and local programming, helping you add more functionality to your metal forming production. Take your programming to the next level with the convenience and efficiency of automation.

Advantages of the ProLink Control System

  • Large 21.5” display
  • Automatic folding and collision detection
  • Machine to profile interfacing
  • Remote offline programming
  • Adjustable and flexible touch screen

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ProLink W Software by CIDAN Machinery


Combi Beam Tool Changer

The optional Combi beam offers flexibility like no other tooling system. With a simple rotation of the upper beam, you can switch between the straight rail and box tooling in a matter of seconds. This gives the ability to form a larger variety of parts with little or no tool changing.

Advantages of the Combi beam

  • Quick tool changes
  • Large space around the tools
  • Increased flexibility
  • Same opening height regardless of tool selection
  • 203mm (8″) high divided tooling standard

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Combi beam tool changer- CIDAN Machinery

Combi beam tool changer rotating diagram - CIDAN Machinery Americas

Combi beam tool changer

Height Adjustable Backgauge

Height Adjustable Back Gauge

The back gauge table is often the single most important item when investing in a power folder. It can save businesses time and money if the system is flexible and fully incorporated with a control system.

Our versatile AGS back gauge table is available with motorized adjustable height. With the height adjustable back gauge, a U-Shaped base unit comes standard which spans over the length of the machine and has a depth of 1550/1050/1550 mm (61/41.3/61″). Add different modules to the right, left or in the middle, up to a total depth of 4300 mm (169″).

The CNC control ProLink X guarantees that the back gauge table automatically adjusts and moves when you reach the next step in the sequence. Height adjustable back gauge requires multifold execution.

height adjustable back gauge - CIDAN Machinery Americas

AGS Accurate Gauging System - CIDAN Machinery Americas

Suction cup for higher automation

Vacuum Cup System

The optional feature of adding a suction cup system to the AGS backgauge takes your machine one step closer to automation. The suction cup system can work with a variety of materials to automate the load, bend sequence advancement, and also unloading of material. This in conjunction of the ergonomic advantages of up/down forming will correlate into safer and more efficient part output.

Advantages of the Vacuum Cup System

  • Safer operation
  • Faster automation
  • Flexibility with robotic automation

Suction cup attachment on Forma Z power folding machine - CIDAN Machinery

Up/Down Bi-Directional Forming

Up/down bending & forming

With the Up-Down folding feature, this machine eliminates the need for an operator to flip materials with low energy consumption and noise level. Short cycle times, precision flange dimensions and angles, high levels of productivity and low costs per part guarantee a quick payback of the investment.

Our up/down folders with optional features make them the most flexible and unique machines in the market. Equip the PRO Z with vacuum tables to help create more automation in your forming department.

Advantages of up/down bending & forming

  • No part flipping required
  • Fast folding sequences of complex details with one operator
  • Maximum flexibility with automatic tool locking


PRO Z up down sheet metal folder folding beam lower position - CIDAN Machinery Americas
Folding beam in lower position before clamping.
PRO Z up down sheet metal folder folding beam upper position - CIDAN Machinery Americas
Folding beam in upper position before clamping.

The FORMA Z metal folder is the most flexible and diverse machine in our profile. Folding both up and down, this machine eliminates the need to flip material, providing time-efficient folding of complex parts using one operator. With the capacity to fold both directions while maintaining the ability for up acting front operation for small batch runs, this machine is proven to be the complete package for sheet metal shops. Tool changes can now be made even faster thanks to optional dual sided high divided tools on combi beam, automatic tool locking, as well as the new tool layout in the updated control system, ProLink W. A newly developed construction of the folding beam, automatic folding center, and sheet thickness adjustment provides superior folding quality in all thicknesses without requiring crowning.

FORMA Z Metal Folder

  • CNC brake that folds upward and downward, no need to flip the material.
  • 150mm movement of folding beam, to move outside of material on folding side.
  • The combi beam comes equipped with 8” (203mm) High Divided Tools and 30º straight rail with option to interchange for 4” (102mm) High Divided Tools!
  • Comes as standard with multifold tooling, CNC controlled sheet thickness and folding center adjustment.
  • The folding beam can be used as front gauge up to 150 mm.
  • Add vacuum grippers to make work lighter, more precise, and automated!

“Our strongest target was to create a full-package machine with all the eight necessary features an industrial folding machine should possess: one-of-a-unique-kind.”
—Stefan Frid, R&D head at CIDAN Machinery.

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Model Folding Length Folding Capacity Opening Height Outer Dimensions**** Weight Motor
  ” (mm) Mild Steel*
ga (mm)
Stainless steel**
ga (mm)
” (mm)
Clamping beam
” (mm)
Length x depth x height
” (mm)
lbs (kg) Clamping beam
hp (kW)
Folding beam
hp (kW)
FORMA Z 30 126 “(3200mm) 11ga (3.0mm) 14ga (2.0mm) 0.178″ (4.5mm) 16.3″ (413mm) 193x108x78″ (4900 x 2750 x 2000mm) 15,700lbs (7125kg) 2 x 1.5hp (2 x 1.1kW) 2 x 5.4hp (2 x 4.0kW)
FORMA Z 40 161″ (4100mm) 12ga (2.5mm) 16ga (1.5mm) 0.138″ (3.5mm) 16.3″ (413mm) 228x108x78″(5800 x 2750 x 2000mm) 20,900 lbs (9500kg) 2 x 1.5hp (2 x 1.1kW) 2 x 5.4hp (2 x 4.0kW)

Tensile strength *at 400 N/mm2–58000 lbf/in2 (psi) – **at 600 N/mm2–87000 lbf/in2 (psi) – ***at 200 N/mm2–29000 lbf/in2 (psi) – ****With motorized back gauge AGS

  • Combi beam (upper beam) fitted with a 30° straight rail and 203 mm (8″) High Divided Tools (HDT)
  • Straight rail can be interchanged with a 102 mm (4.0″) HDT (2 mm [14 ga] capacity in MS for FORMA Z 30)
  • Multifold: all three beams are delivered with segmented tools
  • The folding beam is delivered with either 8 mm ( .3″), 15 mm (.6″) or 25 mm (.98″) segmented tools
  • laser scanner on folding beam side, light curtain on both folding and gauging side
  • Operation from gauging side
  • Back gauge can be delivered with vacuum gripper; and/or with height adjustment – all to your wish; minimum gauging is 6 mm for spring steel fingers (AGS)
  • 21.5″ ProLink Screen

With the offline-software option on ProLink W, programming can be completed in the office away from the machine.

The PRO integrates with AutoPol 3D. You can unfold 3D part files and send to ProLink Offline Software. AutoPol 3D is compatible with multiple 3D softwares including AutoCad, Inventor, SolidWorks, etc. With AutoPol 3D and ProLink W integration, CIDAN gives the ability to automate the adjustment of your blank sizes with the correct bend allowances taken directly from the machine. This helps achieve maximum efficiency, one step closer to making your production a first part, good part factory.

PROLINK X Offline Software - CIDAN Machinery Americas

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