Fast height control
After the nesting is started and the machine starts cutting, an average of more than 30% of the total processing time is the positioning time of the torch and the constant initial height sensing (IHS). So you can imagine that, reducing your cut to cut time or positioning time significantly reduces your total processing time.
To reduce your positioning time, we developed the Voortman Height control (VHC), the fastest height control on the market. Together with optimized cut to cut paths and movements (Rapid Part™) positioning times have been reduced to a minimum. The VHC is used for oxy-fuel and plasma cutting and has a speed of 365 mm/s and an acceleration of 2000 mm/s2 which is unmatched.
Instant cut technology
We succeeded to minimize the initial height sensing (IHS) of the plate with the new instant cut technology. With the cut-to-cut cycle time is reduced by 50%. This is made possible by our VACAM Operating Software that decides when to skip the initial height sensing based on plate characteristics and cutting paths to speed up production. Also the transport height is kept to a minimum to prevent unnecessary up and down movement of the torch during positioning. During the downward movement the torch moves with full speed to the material and only slows down at the last part.
Easy preparing and tracking of nestings
The office version of Voortman’s proprietary operating software, VACAM Office, connects directly to the machine. It can be installed at the office to create products and monitor the production process in real-time. With VACAM Office works preparation can follow exactly which nesting is in production, which nesting is already produced and which is still waiting in line. Any changes made in the office are immediately visible on the machine. All operations can optionally be programmed or modified either at the machine or with VACAM Office.
Besides this, VACAM analyzes the imported products and nestings instantly. If there are any foreseeable production problems the integrated problem solver will be started and will suggest the best solution(s). This increases the efficiency and runtime of the system because it will not stop during production and these production problems can be solved before the operator wants to run the program.
The VACAM Office Edition is developed in the same style and works in a similar way as the VACAM Machine Edition. The Office Edition has a reduced user interface, because it is not used for machine control.
Best nesting algorithms with SigmaNEST
Voortman offers the advanced nesting engine SigmaNEST for their plate cutting machines for increasing material optimization and cutting efficiency. Advanced nesting algorithms ensure a better part yield and maximize material usage while optimizing the cutting cycle times. At Voortman we always include SigmaNEST in our steel processing machines because we believe an excellent nesting program is as important as the machine itself. That is why we chose to work with SigmaNEST as an extension of our own VACAM operating software, because we believe together they maximize material usage while optimizing the cutting cycle times.