ChannelBender® XD

The first and only automated process for bending .080″ aluminum.

SDS Automation is leading the way, once again, with its new ChannelBender XD, which can bend .080″ aluminum and can produce flanged and reverse letters in coil ranging from 1.5″ to 8.5″ in height. It can also bend .032″, .040″ and .063″ thick aluminum. The XD from SDS is proving to the sign making industry, yet again, that innovation can solve many fabricating challenges by automating channel letter fabrication using .080″ aluminum.

ChannelBender XD, with its adjustable broaching mechanism, has the ability to precisely fabricate aluminum return materials. Broaching results in crisp, sharp, precise bends and allows for the forming of intricate shapes, like ¾” serifs using .080″ aluminum, which were previously impossible to automate.

The ChannelBender® Series, manufactured by SDS and available only from SDS Automation, is a line of automated channel letter fabrication machines known as the fastest, most reliable and precise technology available to sign makers. Rigorous testing shows ChannelBenders can complete the process of bending returns 15% to 30% faster than the nearest competitive machines, and cut hand finishing time by an additional 30% or more. Customer feedback indicates it is typical to achieve return on investment between 12 and 18 months.

The ChannelBender XD is the most powerful channel letter machine available, making the processing of .080″ aluminum returns quick and painless. If a large part of your business comes from the fabrication of traditional or reverse channel letters, the ChannelBender XD is a must-have. Why build letters the hard way when the XD can automate the process quickly and precisely.

The price of a fully equipped ChannelBender XD includes set-up, installation, and on-site training at your facility. Additionally, two years of software updates, lifetime phone and remote access tech support from a U.S.-based technician, and a two year parts and labor warranty are included. There is no optional equipment and there are no hidden fees. By the conclusion of your comprehensive training, you will know how to competently operate and maintain your new ChannelBender series machine.

SDS Automation is an automated metal bending expert and the inventor and original holder of fifteen patents for this type of technology. Over 3,000 SDS machines have been sold worldwide. Our 30 years of experience manufacturing and servicing these systems, combined with our dedicated team of technicians, create the very best service and support infrastructure in the industry.

PowerSystem220VAC, 15A, 50/60Hz, 1P
Oil Pump220VAC, 6.4/3.7A (max/typ)
(W x D x H)
System93" x 43" x 59" (237 cm x 111 cm x 150 cm)
Coil Cassette30" x 30" x 42" (76 cm x 76 cm x 107 cm)
FeaturesVertical broaching of angles100° (adjustable depth)
Maximum flange thicknessUp to .080"
Hydraulic flange notcher30°, 60°, 100°, 130°
Flange depthAdjustable – 3⁄8" (9.5 mm), ½" (12.7 mm)
Cut-off tool for batch processingYes
BendingMaximum angle120˚ (coil)
Smallest radius that can be bent a full 180°1.5" radius with .080" (coil)
Shortest distance from end to a sharp bend1.57" (40 mm)
Shortest distance from start to a sharp bend1" (25.4 mm)
Material Coil SpecificationsOutside diameter of coil26" only (66 cm)
Thickness.032"-.080" (0.8 mm – 2.0 mm)
Height1.5" – 8.5" (38 mm – 216 mm)

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