VACAM operating software

The VACAM operating software is a Voortman development and a result of decades of experience in the steel machinery business. Every machine in the Voortman delivery program is equipped with the VACAM operating software. As a result all machines have the same “look-and-feel” which significantly reduces the learning curve for the end user.

Because VACAM is an open platform an API can be used to exchange production data between VACAM and ERP/MRP packages. This enables end users to monitor their production in real-time. This information can also be used to compare estimates made during the quote stage of a bid with real production times.

VACAM features

Multilingual   Email notifications
 

The VACAM operating software is equipped with 13 individually translated languages that can be changed while the program is running.

 

The end user can define triggers and events. The machine will send an email automatically when the trigger or event occurs. An example could be “emergency button pressed” or “infeed cross transport empty”.

Dimension correction   Production memory
     

VACAM supports dimension correction for operations to keep the end product match the expected dimensions even with varying steel mill profiles.

 

After an interruption in the production process the program can pick up the cycle where it left it and finish the product.

Interconnecting multiple systems   Maintenance reports
 

On every connected system a live display of the material will be shown, every following machine in the system will know what material to expect and which operations to perform.

 

Maintenance reports can be programmed to show up when certain maintenance checks need to be performed.

TEKLA Layout Marking Plugin (TLMP)   True Hole / Contour Cut Technology
     

The TLMP will add Voortman standardized layout marking information to DSTV (NC data). In order to make this possible the TLMP will analyze the connections and fittings in the selected TEKLA 3D-model. Based upon these results the TLMP will add minimum but effective layout marking information to the DSTV and can be send to machinery capable of processing this information.

 

Standard available on Hypertherm® and Kjellberg® plasma sources to create a better hole quality compared to the conventional cutting parameters. True Hole Technology and Contour Cut are fully integrated in the VACAM control software.

Product import   Manual functions
 

VACAM will analyze the imported products and batches 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.

 

‘Drill-down style’ machine overview for easy access to the manual functions of the machine. Operators have a clear overview of all active components in the manual mode of the system where several settings can be modified instantly. In this way diagnostics can be made very quickly.

Basic nesting software   LIVE status of commands
     

For plate processing machines a basic nesting module is included allowing you to either manually or automatically nest products, modify cutting parameters and create scrap cuts.

 

Step-by-step cycle list showing the status of all the commands that have to be executed during auto-mode of the machine.

Diagnostics   Advanced nesting software
 

Detailed diagnostics of all the inputs and outputs in the machine configuration and diagnostic information of servo drives and other machine components.

 

For a more advanced nesting solution third party automatic nesting software can be used. This software is able to read several standard file formats like DXF, DWG, CADL, IGES, DSTV and HPGL files. With this software new plates as well as previously cut plates (remnants) can be used for nesting and partially cut plates can be stored in a plate library for later use.

LIVE buffer data   Remote support
 

VACAM supports buffer control for LIVE tracking of materials. The exact position of every profile is monitored for optimum material flow.

 

Remote support sessions that can be initiated directly from the program’s user interface.

VACAM Office Version   DSTV and DXF import
     

The VACAM Office Version connects directly to the machine. Any changes made in the office are almost immediately visible on the machine. All operations can optionally be programmed or modified either at the machine or with the VACAM Office Version.

 

The VACAM software is able to import products in DSTV and DXF format and batches in DSTV+ format directly from CAD or MRP. The importer is able to handle all kind of DSTV “flavors”. It will repair imported NC data automatically if needed.

Easy measurement switch   Batching
 

Easy to use measurement system that allows switching from metric to imperial and vice versa while running. Inches can be rounded by steps of 1/16”, 1/32” or 1/64” or can be displayed as decimals.

 

VACAM will analyze the imported products and batches instantly and mirrors, where necessary, the profiles for efficient use of the material.

Layout marking   Cycle flexibility
     

This module enables the layout marking capabilities of the machine.

 

VACAM has the possibility to repeat or cancel certain operations in the cycle list while the production has already started.

VACAD + VANEST Editor   CAD Editor
 

With the VACAD and VANEST options in VACAM it is possible to create new parts and manually nest these parts in a plate in a user-friendly way.

 

An integrated CAD editor contains all the major CAD functionalities like adding layout marking lines, texts, holes, angles and all sorts of copes in a very user-friendly way.

Pre-installed macros   Production data exporter
 

Macros are pre-installed to manually program parts very fast. The parameters can be modified to any desired size and shape.

 

All operations and motions performed on the system are stored in an SQL database for sharing with any ERP, MRP, MIS and BIM software systems. For a more detailed report the Production Data Exporter module can be used. This module allows real-time fabrication information sharing.

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