Fully automatic profile transportation
Full automatic profile transportation is provided in order to integrate the machine to a fully automatic MSI beam line. Our/The VACAM software controls the sensored drag-dogs or liftables, transporting profiles onto the infeed roller conveyor and from the outfeed roller conveyor. Selected products will automatically be produced out of the trading lengths. The cross-transports are able to handle multiple profiles, allowing the machine to operate autonomously for a considerable amount of time.
Active buffer management
Our in-house developed VACAM software is known for its high performance regarding automated material handling and buffer management. Active buffer management secures a priority position for the first profile in line while buffering following profiles. By continuously shifting profiles toward the datum line, new profiles can be loaded onto the handling system where the datum line is always provided with material. This significantly increases your productivity and efficiency, since machines are not waiting in idle mode for a next profile or production batch.
Automatic material handling
One push of the button is all it takes to get your production done. After importing industry standard DSTV or DSTV+ (pre-nested) files into the processing list of our VACAM Software, your operator can fully focus on loading and unloading the system. No manual intervention is needed in order to keep up with the production speed of the machines.
Fast carbide drilling
The drilling unit on this machine is suitable for fast carbide drilling, of which one main advantage is the high drilling speed that can be reached. Voortman uses different type of drilling units for each machine, depending on the intended functionality. All drilling units are capable of carbide drilling with solid carbide drills or carbide-tipped drills. The drilling units move to the material in an optimized path with minimum tolerances at the highest possible speed. This makes the total drilling process the fastest in the market.
Drilling, tapping, sinking
The main advantage of drilling is processing high quality holes in a diverse range of hole diameters and material thicknesses. To create bolted connections and to remove sharp edges of a drilled hole, thread-tapping and countersinking can be performed in one single process cycle. With automatic tool changing of carbide (tipped) drills, solid carbide drills, HSS drills, thread-taps, countersink and marking tools, manual labor is reduced and further processing simplified.
Centerpoint marking provides you guidance during further processing like welding. It is the easiest and fastest way to mark your product and saves you time and costs. Centerpoints can also be used to mark where operations should be executed which are beyond the machine’s limitations. The centerpoint marking process creates very small drilled dots, executed by the drilling unit on this machine.
This machine can automatically mark your material to prevent human errors which often occur with manual layout marking. It is one of the most labor-intensive processes. For manual layout marking, the profile has to be measured manually, it has to be compared with the drawing or file whereafter a marking has to be made. Often, a second person will check whether the layout markings are indicated correctly. Our VACAM software reads layout marking information directly from DSTV files and converts the marking in outer contours, centerpoints or full layout markings. Herewith your accuracy will increase, labor costs will decrease and your overall costs will be minimized.
Marking by milling
Manual layout marking is time-consuming, labor intensive and error-prone. This machine automates the marking process and prevents human errors during further processing. Marking by milling creates high quality and accurate marks which remain visible even after shot blasting, painting or galvanizing. The milling depth can be adjusted with our own Voortman marking tool.
Numbering relieves your operators from writing down numbers and codes manually. This saves you a significant amount of time and costs. Numbering means processing numbers or codes on a product for further processing. It increases traceability of your profiles making your production less prone to errors.
Web and flange height measurement
Prior to processing, the web and flange height of your profile is automatically measured to compensate for mill tolerance issues. Our VACAM software automatically corrects the measurements from the edge or center as needed. This increases the accuracy of processing which leads to seamless assembly during the construction phase.
Profile width measurement
The width of your profile is measured during clamping. Our VACAM software ensures a match between the actual and programmed profile width. It also compensates for any tolerances.
Bundle stop and bundle clamp
The bundle stop and bundle clamp enable steel service centers to significantly increasing output, by simultaneously sawing multiple profiles to length. The bundle stop ensures accurate length by aligning all profiles, whereafter the bundle clamp fixates all profiles from top and sides.
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.
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.
The integrated VACAD Editor enables your operators to improve output by creating products or quickly improve and correct the product. The interface is easy to understand with straight-forward functionality. Operators will be able to take full advantage of the VACAD Editor and VACAM after a few days with the Voortman trainers.
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.