Advanced nesting software
To increase your material optimization and cutting efficiency, all Voortman plate cutting machines come equipped with the advanced nesting engine SigmaNEST. Advanced nesting algorithms ensure improved part yield and minimal scrap while optimizing your cutting cycle times. Voortman includes SigmaNEST in all plate cutting machines because, as you know, an excellent nesting program is as important as the machine itself.
Plasma cutting is much faster than oxy-fuel cutting in the lower mild steel thickness range (3mm up to 25 mm). Capital expenditures for the same size plasma machine are 75% lower than high-powered fiber lasers while maintaining or outpacing cuttting speeds at a medium thickness (12 mm) and up. For medium-to-thick stainless steels where oxy-fuel is not an option, plasma is by far the preferred cutting technology.
Plasma 3D Bevel cutting
It is expected that more than 30% of your parts require a beveled edge for further weld preparation purposes. Nowadays, with the shortage of labor and increased productivity demands, this work needs to be shifted towards the cutting machine where a weld preparation is created by Voortman’s sophisticated and accurate plasma 3D bevel unit, eliminating manual handling and routing through your factory. With this 3D bevel unit you are able to process a variety of high quality bevel cuts and weld preparations (A, V, X, Y and K). Your processed parts are immediately ready for assembly and welding without further manual operations, eliminating human handling and errors.
Oxy-fuel bevel cutting
Oxy-fuel bevel cutting
The revolutionary oxy-fuel torch equipped on this machine can manually be positioned at a certain angle to perform oxy-fuel bevel cutting in relatively thick plates. This increases your versatility and flexibility in processing your parts.
The machine can be equipped with an inkjet marking unit. Especially when a lot of marking per part is required and not merely part identification but also bending lines, an inkjet marker can save you an enormous amount of time. The markings made with an inkjet marker are not visible after painting which is perfect when markings are only used for the adding of information required for internal production steps and not for external identification in the field.
Marking by plasma
Marking by plasma has the advantage of creating a high quality and accurate mark with the same plasma unit that is used for plasma cutting on this machine. The depth of the marking can be adjusted with our VACAM software. This machine automates the marking process while manual layout marking is a time-consuming, labor intensive and error-prone process.
Voortman’s Truevolt technology is responsible for ensuring constant cutting quality and maximum consumable life as part of Instant Cut Technology. Maximum consumable life means less manual interaction and therefore less machine downtime. Truevolt corrects the exact arc voltage. By measuring the arc voltage, it can determine and maintain the optimal cutting height during processing of your product.
The main advantages of oxy-fuel cutting are the low operational costs and the low associated capital expenditure. Due to an easy switch between plasma and the oxy-fuel torch you can process a wide range of thicknesses. Together with the revolutionary oxy-fuel torch with its built-in features and the automatic height control, a fast cutting cycle with minimum downtime is ensured.
Oxy-fuel strip cutting
Strip cutting of a complete plate can be a time consuming process. By using multiple oxy-fuel torches, you are able to cut multiple strips simultaneously, which significantly increases productivity.
Oxy-fuel strip cutting with attachment
Strip cutting of a complete plate can be a time consuming process. By putting an attachment of two nozzles to the revolutionary oxy-fuel torch you are able to cut multiple small strips in a very productive way. When you equip the machine with multiple oxy-fuel torches, you are even able to cut more strips simultaneously.
Automatic small part, chip and slag removal
The machine can optionally be equipped with a shuffle conveyor below the table bins for automatic cleaning of the table. This eliminates the amount of time required for cleaning the table bins and ensures that smaller parts are automatically conveyed to the front of the table when dropped into the bin. This again eliminates the risk that these small parts are all covered by slag from successive operations, increasing the quality of your parts.
Accurate X & Y movement
To meet your cutting quality requirements, it is important that the X & Y movement runs in a stable and smooth way with minimal vibrations. Therefore, Voortman took the next step with transmission systems with almost no play ensuring a smooth cutting surface. The X-rails are equipped with a helical rack and pinion transmission with reduced backlash, ensuring increased cutting accuracy and more dynamic movement compared to a straight rack and pinion. The dynamics are fully optimized, accelerations/decelerations are levelled and vibrations are minimized creating a low roughness cutting surface and an accurate product.
Flexible and easy plate measurement
To easily measure and define the zero position of a plate, our VACAM software automatically calculates how te plate is positioned on the cutting table by determining the angles of the plate. Specific points of the plate must be manually indicated whereafter VACAM automatically performs the calculation for the zero position of the plate, even for more complex scrap shape plates.
Easy restart in case of arc-loss
When the arc is lost or a cut is interrupted, the torch can be easily moved back to the point of failure without the flame burning by use of the VACAM software. Exactly from the point of failure the torch can ignite and continue the interrupted cut. Another possibility is to move the torch slightly outside the interrupted cut, start in the waste material and automatically move towards the contour and then continue your cutting process.
VACAM in the office
The VACAM software also comes with an Office Edition. VACAM Office Edition runs in a similar way as VACAM Control and Operating software and is dedicated to preparing your products into producible items. The user interface is focused on the preparation activities and also provides real-time insights in the material load on the system enabling you to monitor your production process. With VACAM Office, production information is available throughout the entire company.
Every machine is equipped with our in-house developed VACAM control software. All machines share the same “look-and-feel” which significantly reduces your learning curve. Within VACAM’s open platform, production data can easily be exchanged with third party ERP and MRP software, providing up-to-date insight in the progress of your projects. VACAM provides a real-time graphical representation of your workflows and processes and analyses imported products instantly. The software automatically suggests the best solution for any foreseeable problems. This way, your production is not interrupted resulting in increased efficiency and runtime of the system.
To enable constant and efficient production, VACAM offers your operators a comprehensive and easy-to-use interface. One of VACAM’s key features is the clear separation between work preparation, production and manual machine operation activities. For each mode of use, the required functions and data are available at your fingertips, enabling you to perform tasks in the right environment. VACAM Control software is known in the industry for its consolidated graphical representation of your production process. With VACAM, you have a clear overview of the process, production status and instant access to online assistance if required.