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The benefits of a fully automated beam processing line


Fully automate your production

MSI, also referred to as Multi System Integration, opens the door to fully automate your production by connecting machines with cross transports, roller conveyors, product buffers, and material sensors. Your production data only needs to be imported once and then MSI automatically distributes the data to all machines integrated in your production system. Manually transporting materials through the production line can be eliminated by creating one integrated production system. You can track and monitor everything in real time by using VACAM, Voortman’s proprietary CNC control software installed on every machine.

MSI - Multi System Integration - The brain behind your production process

MSI is the brain behind your production process, creating a path and guiding the material from raw product to finished profile in the most efficient way possible. If there are machines more suited for a certain operation in the production system, MSI may decide to reroute products based on the actual load of the machines (load balancing algorithm). Every operation and motion is accounted for and analysed continually, and VACAM can detect any potential bottlenecking threats ahead of time. To do so, cross transports, buffers, and machines with similar processing capabilities are used in order to prevent bottlenecking due to variables with manually moving material.

Reduce labor costs due to automated material handling

Due to automated material handling in an automated integrated machine line, significant cost-savings to the bottom line can be provided for any structural steel fabricator. Skilled labor is increasingly hard to find, and it can be costly adding operators to your production process. MSI aims to reduce the number of man hours needed per ton produced to a minimum with built-in smart production algorithms in the CNC VACAM control software. Every Voortman machine runs on the same software and syncs with the master CNC controller, allowing your material to be rerouted and directed remotely without any manual intervention.

Increased efficiency due to automated material handling

When first seeing a complete Voortman MSI production line, steel fabricators are often surprised at the large amount of material that is moving through the system with only a few people overseeing production. Customers quickly realize how the complete system is necessary for them to remain competitive and reduce their overall cost per ton.
Moving material isn’t only expensive, it’s also time consuming and can result in bottlenecks in your production line. It’s not very efficient to sit and wait for cranes to move material from one machine to the next. With MSI seamlessly connecting machines together in a fully automated system, several of your operations can be performed simultaneously, increasing production efficiency while reducing your man hours.

Voortman’s data-driven layouts and configurations

Explore some examples of Voortman's data-driven layouts and configurations. Every business and construction is unique and an optimal layout depends on many factors. Voortman uses a data-driven approach, which takes multiple factors into account to determine the best layout and configuration to reach your business goals.

Explore data-driven example layouts created for our customers

Hear it from our customers

Leach Structural Steelwork Ltd. - Eric Leach - United Kingdom

"The new system has allowed us to make more use of our existing labour and deploy our existing staff over more shifts and more machines, which under certain circumstances can give us a 50 and a 100 percent increase in capacity."
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Novopolotsk Technological steel structures plant - ШУРПАКОВ ИГОРЬ ГЕННАДЬЕВИЧ - Belarus

"This system helps us improve production quality and has a serious influence on assembly at the end. Thanks to the automated production with Voortman equipment we can be more competitive at pricing in our market.”
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J&D Pierce Contracts LTD. - Derek Pierce - United Kingdom

The system is a large system and it has a tremendous amount of automation and it all worked almost perfectly the first time. The completed installation has exceeded my expectations.
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HME Inc. - Jon Haas - United States

“Voortman equipment definitely has much more intelligence than competitive machines. It is amazing how the software controls everything. Once a part enters the system you can forget about it, until it comes of the outfeed transfers.”
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SCW Contracting Corp - Andy & Steve Scrape - United States

"These two pieces of equipment work seamlessly together. They produce at incredible rates. To have one without the other just wouldn't really make sense."
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Cermont Sp. z.o.o. - Damian Cieślik - Poland

“In the past the fitters were waiting for the prepared material to be able to tack weld. At this point the situation has reversed. The production is so efficient and fast that finished processed material is now waiting for assembling.”
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SIA Cut Centre - Aleksandr Kolesnikov - Latvia

“Although the price/quality ratio was decisive, we were impressed by the expertise and advice of Voortman regarding our ideal workshop.”
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Van den Brink Staalbouw - Henk van den Brink - Netherlands

“Thanks to the new facility and machinery we can once again meet the market demands. At this point we produce between 10,000 and 15,000 tons of steel per year and realize prestigious projects.”
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Wolf System Gmbh. - Jens Meyer - Germany

“The layout convinced us and with the current configuration of our machinery we can operate the system with only one operator.”
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