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Voortman V325

Heavy plate drilling, cutting & milling (passthrough)

With a massive drilling head and 20-station automatic toolchanger, the Voortman V325 is a must-have heavy plate drilling, cutting and milling machine. It’s capable of processing thick plate steel up to 100 mm (4”) and drilling holes up to 70 mm (2-3/4”), saving you time compared to milling large diameter holes in heavy plates. Rapidly increase your capacity and level of automation with features like automatic part removal, automatic deburring, 3D plasma bevel and oxy-fuel 4.0 cutting. You can count on the V325 to be the workhorse your production facility needs to grow.

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Drilling and milling thick plates

DRILLING DIAMETER UP TO 70 MM (2-3/4") PLUS EXTENDED MILLING CAPABILITIES
The V325 is equipped with a massive SK50 / CAT50 drilling head. The powerful 610 Nm torque spindle effortlessly drills holes up to 70 mm (2-3/4”) with carbide, and optimized milling adds the capabilities to mill even larger slots and other openings. Dual 10-station tool changers can be loaded with 20 tools with various applications to provide a vast array of common processes like drilling, thread tapping, counter sinking and counter boring.

PROCESSING THICK PLATES WITH 3D BEVEL PLASMA AND OXY-FUEL
Process steel plates up to 100 mm (4”) thickness with the V325 drilling, cutting and milling machine’s massive drilling unit, 3D bevel plasma system and revolutionary oxy-fuel torch.

Operating length (max)
40 ft
Plate thickness (max)
4 in
Tools
20 pcs
Drill diameter (max)
2-3/4 in
Bevel cutting
Centerpoint marking
Counter sinking
Drilling
Layout marking
Milling
Oxyfuel cutting
Plasma cutting
Thread tapping

Automatic underside deburring & automatic part removal

REDUCE SECONDARY OPERATIONS WITH AUTOMATIC DEBURRING
Deburring is an important part of the workflow in order to meet current quality standards and produce products that are immediately available after processing. The V325 comes equipped with an automatic deburring unit, which can reduce total costs per part up to 30% versus running deburring and edge finishing operations on precision parts manually. The deburring unit also help extend drill lifetime, since you don’t need to replace drill consumables with the first signs of burr from worn down drills. Products are ready for immediate handling without risk of injury from burrs.

AUTOMATIC PART REMOVAL CONVEYOR
Finished parts are dropped from the skeleton using an automatic product discharge table with a motor driven conveyor belt to further automate material handling. The Voortman V325 can run independently longer without requiring part removal by an operator. Nesting bridge cuts can save even more processing time by discharging entire rows of parts to the conveyor together.

Operating length (max)
40 ft
Plate thickness (max)
4 in
Tools
20 pcs
Drill diameter (max)
2-3/4 in
Bevel cutting
Centerpoint marking
Counter sinking
Drilling
Layout marking
Milling
Oxyfuel cutting
Plasma cutting
Thread tapping

Optimized cut-to-cut movement & reduced risk for downtime

INSTANT CUT TECHNOLOGY
The V325 is equipped with Voortman’s breakthrough Instant Cut Technology. It was developed to reduce cut-to-cut idle movements by ensuring optimized motion paths each time the torch moves from one operation to another, doubling production capabilities. Time savings exponentially increases when production consists of small product with holes, as each time the torch moves position between cuts you’ll save valuable seconds that will add up to meaningful increases in production in a short amount of time. Instant Cut Technology is built in to VACAM control software, which creates the optimal production mix between speed and quality automatically.

EASY TORCH REMOUNTING WITH 3D COLLISION
The V325 comes equipped with a unique magnetic torch collision system. When a torch collides with an object such as a cut-out product on the table, remounting the torch usually takes some time, and some designs even require spare parts. The Voortman 3D torch collision system minimizes downtime with easy magnetic torch remounting to get your machine up and running in no time.

Operating length (max)
40 ft
Plate thickness (max)
4 in
Tools
20 pcs
Drill diameter (max)
2-3/4 in
Bevel cutting
Centerpoint marking
Counter sinking
Drilling
Layout marking
Milling
Oxyfuel cutting
Plasma cutting
Thread tapping
Bevel cutting
Centerpoint marking
Counter sinking
Drilling
Layout marking
Milling
Oxyfuel cutting
Plasma cutting
Thread tapping

Main benefits

Automation

Automatic underside deburring to meet quality standards

Deburring is an important part of the workflow in order to meet current quality standards and produce products that are immediately available after processing. The V325 comes equipped with an automatic deburring unit, which can reduce total costs per part up to 30% versus running deburring and edge finishing operations on precision parts manually. The deburring unit also help extend drill lifetime, since you don’t need to replace drill consumables with the first signs of burr from worn down drills. Products are ready for immediate handling without risk of injury from burrs.

Productivity

Easy torch remounting with 3D collision

The V325 comes equipped with a unique magnetic torch collision system. When a torch collides with an object such as a cut-out product on the table, remounting the torch usually takes some time, and some designs even require spare parts. The Voortman 3D torch collision system minimizes downtime with easy magnetic torch remounting to get your machine up and running in no time.

Productivity

Reduced cut-to-cut cycle times

Voortman’s Instant Cut Technology was developed to reduce cut-to-cut idle movements by ensuring optimized motion paths each time the torch moves from one operation to another, doubling production capabilities. Time savings exponentially increases when production consists of small product with holes, as each time the torch moves position between cuts you’ll save valuable seconds that will add up to meaningful increases in production in a short amount of time. Instant Cut Technology is built in to VACAM control software, which creates the optimal production mix between speed and quality automatically.

Productivity

SK50 / CAT50 carbide drilling and heavy milling

The V325 is equipped with a massive SK50 / CAT50 drilling head. The powerful 610 Nm torque spindle effortlessly drills holes up to 70 mm (2-3/4”) with carbide, and optimized milling adds the capabilities to mill even larger slots and other openings. Dual 10-station tool changers can be loaded with 20 tools with various applications to provide a vast array of common processes like drilling, thread-tapping, countersinking and counterboring.

Automation

Automatic part removal conveyor

Finished parts are dropped from the skeleton using an automatic product discharge table with a motor driven conveyor belt to further automate material handling. The Voortman V325 can run independently longer without requiring part removal by an operator. Nesting bridge cuts can save even more processing time by discharging entire rows of parts to the conveyor together. The V325 has a smaller cutting gap for extracting slag and dust to prevent parts from dropping into the gap. Copper strips are placed around the plenum chamber to help minimize cutting quality issues caused by slag changing the height of the plate during processing.

Automation

20-station automatic tool changer

An automatic 20-station tool changer significantly contributes to the V325’s optimal automation. With 20 tools at its disposal the Voortman V325 is able to process for hours without any manual intervention. The V325’s innovative VACAM control software predicts when the number of holes in a nesting will exceed the lifetime of the drill, and if a new drill of the same diameter is loaded in advance, the V325 will automatically change tools when the lifetime expires on the current drill.

User-friendly

Revolutionary oxy-fuel torch

The V325 uses a revolutionary GCE oxy-fuel torch with its rapid height control for maximum output. Integrating ignition and height control systems creates one solid torch that aides your operators in running the machine. The torch uses standard GCE nozzles, and operators can easily exchange the torch with a bayonet mount for minimum downtime. A built-in pressure gauge indicates real-time cutting pressure for easy adjustments.

User-friendly

Built-in arc glare protection

The V325 is the only pass-through plate processing center with full glare protection around the plasma unit. A full shield surrounds the plasma section of the machine as an extra layer of eye protection safety.

High quality

Automatic infeed & precise measurement cross-checks

The V325 uses a double measurement procedure to guarantee plate dimensions are identical on the actual plate and part program selected for processing. After the plate moves into the machine, active lasers on the gripper trucks measure the length while the hydraulic clamp measures the material thickness. An alert occurs when mismatches are detected, pausing production and significantly reducing errors in plate measurement.

Automation

Automatic swarf removal

Drill chips are automatically removed with an integrated swarf brush to ensure plasma cutting isn’t interrupted by a drill chip laying on top of the plate. The swarf brush provides stability and maximum automation in plasma processing by first swiping the plate and then brushing it to remove any drill chips still on the sheet in a second pass. Chips fall in a separate bin from plasma dross for proper disposal.

High quality

Dross Inhibitor for improved cutting quality

Slag formation during piercing is a common problem with plasma cutting. Piercing creates a volcanic effect that blows molten metal out of the pierce hole and over the material, which needs to be removed manually. Dross in a cutting path diminishes cut quality. The V325 is equipped to reduce issues caused by slag build-up with a dross inhibitor that sprays oil at the piercing area just before piercing, preventing slag formation and significantly increasing cutting quality.

High quality

I-cut Correction to counteract taper

Angular deviation or taper on the cutting surface is a typical issue attributed to plasma cutting. Voortman introduced I-cut Correction to counteract the taper caused by plasma cutting with a bevel correction, increasing the quality produced.

High quality

Xtensive Hole Performance

Voortman’s Xtensive Hole Performance is developed to optimize holes and inner contours when cutting with high-definition plasma to produce laser-like results. Voortman further optimized Hypertherm® True Hole™ by creating a perfect match between the plasma supplier’s technology and the dynamic movement of the V325. Xtensive Hole Performance is applied to small and medium sized slot holes and square inner contours, creating a perfect slot hole or square inner contour. It’s also useful for cutting holes in aluminum and stainless steel for better results than ever possible before.

Productivity

Rapid positioning

Voortman developed Voortman Height Control (VHC) to reduce positioning time. Optimized cut-to-cut paths reduce positioning time to a minimum on the V325, providing the fastest height control on the market. VHC is used for both oxy-fuel and plasma cutting with speeds up to 365 mm/s and unmatched acceleration speeds of 2000 mm/s2.

Features and processes

Milling

Milling is a process where a milling tool cuts away the material in a rotary motion. As with drilling, this is possible with a wide array of different tools with different diameters and different hardness’s. Milling is used for various purposes, but mostly for three distinct types of holes: oversized round holes that cannot be drilled, round slotted holes for connections that require flexibility during construction and rectangular holes.

Plasma cutting

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.

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.

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.

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.

Centerpoint marking

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.

Oxy-fuel cutting

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.

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-movement is enabled by a helical rack and pinion transmission with reduced backlash, ensuring increased 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.

Two independent gripper trucks

Two independent gripper trucks clamp the plate and pull the plate through the machine. The geometry of the truck and clamp is exactly known in the nesting software ensuring that extra waste because of the clamps is minimized. The two independent trucks move along a high accuracy linear guidance system and are driven with a servo drive and helical rack and pinion system. Both trucks can reach the end of the outfeed zone, ensuring that whole plates can be processed at once without requiring repositioning.

Truevolt technology

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.

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.

VACAM Machine

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.

Easy operation

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.

INTEGRATION IN YOUR WORKSHOP

Generate quotes more effectively, faster and more accurately

Companies in the manufacturing industry as well as in steel fabrication benefit from quick and accurate quotations. The Quoting module gives you as a company an indication of how much work you expect to have in the future, but also which materials you need to have in stock, who your regular customers are and how many orders you may receive.

Voortman offers a simple quotation module whereby you can convert a quote to a work order without any effort. This module offers advanced functionalities with which quotations can be generated more effectively, faster and more accurately. Additionally, a CRM database is available where outstanding quotations can be followed up per customer. SigmaNEST, with Voortman machine processing information, automatically calculates processing times and allows for customizable costing calculations for any part or secondary process. This allows you to draw up an accurate customer-specific quotation based on your quick and exact cost price calculation!

One nesting solution that supports all your machines

An excellent nesting program is almost as important as the machine itself. That is why all Voortman plate cutting machines are equipped with one of the most advanced nesting software programs available: SigmaNEST. Together with Voortman, SigmaNEST offers a wide range of modular and customizable functions to get the most out of your production processes. This automatic nesting software is installed on an office computer after which it is used to import files and nest them automatically into standard sized or remnant plates.

The software offers the possibility to import the most common file formats in the metal industry. The CAD import module can be added and used to directly import native formats to ensure all the information is maintained and duplicate work will be eliminated. SigmaNEST generates specific CNC-outputs for the machine, which will be converted to all required operations via VACAM software. Streamline your production process and get ready-made parts out of your machine with this nesting software!

Nest more efficiently & save time and material

All machines and associated machining programs can be read in a graphically displayed calendar timeline and managed from this central dashboard. This makes it possible to assign work orders to a specific machine automatically or manually based on type of operation, such as drilling and/or cutting or based on capacity. This planning tool enables optimum productivity through proactive machine scheduling and load analysis tools!

When Load Manager is used in conjunction with the Color Offload module, schedules are updated in real time to accurately reflect shop floor status and the operator can see what the next job is. Workflow optimization is guaranteed!

Track progress and meet deadlines

Once the planning has been made, programs are sorted in the planning queue by program number, material type or thickness, machine and estimated run time and then production is started by the operator. When the program has started, the machine gives the operator instructions for correctly assembling the tools and consumables. Technologies such as cutting parameters, drilling parameters and milling parameters are fully integrated into our proprietary VACAM software and are automatically applied based on the information in the program. Therefore, the operator can focus on the manual operations around the machine.

The estimated machining time is displayed and the planning is updated when the module is running, allowing you to make a forecast of production per day, week or month. It becomes directly visible when a certain program starts or stops and the next one begins, what the capacity of your production is, whether certain programs still need to be split, whether deadlines can be met and whether outsourcing is the best option.

Easy unloading and real-time tracking

In the planning phase, several work orders have been co-mingled which saves time and material since nesting is done more efficiently. Plates are fully nested, including the use of existing remnant plates so fewer actions are required. However, it is also important that these various, mixed orders are able to be easily separated during unloading. The Color Offload module is an intelligent tracking and offloading solution that eliminates operator confusion by displaying nested parts in colors that can be assigned by customer, work order or factory routing.

In addition, information is provided to the operator such as part details or dimensions so the operator is able to do a direct quality check before parts move on to the next work station. When a part has been cut wrong because, for instance, consumables fail, the operator can select and reject parts in the nesting software program. This information can be fed into Color Offload and the part automatically reappears in the work order list in the nesting program, enabling it to be remade.

Create full integration with MRP/ERP systems and other software packages

SimTrans is an online transaction manager that bridges the gap between different software systems from CAD/CAM nesting to shop floor automation to other business systems (MRP or ERP). SimTrans makes it possible for you to work with industry standard database formats (SQL), interfaces or CSV/TXT file interfaces and makes the set-up with an MRP/ERP system fairly simple and standardized.

SimTrans enables you to obtain the right information from different software systems at different moments in the process by means of a continuous mutual data flow. All data generated in SigmaNEST can be send back to MRP/ERP packages. Data such as estimated processing times, estimated processing costs, plates used, waste rates and status updates about programs. This automation allows constant work order tracking through real-time updates and feedback. But also vice versa, if changes in work orders, stocks, delivery times or customer information are made in the MRP system, these data are automatically updated in SigmaNEST.

Specifications

Voortman V325
  Voortman V325
Operating range feet 10 x 20
feet 10 x 30
feet 10 x 40
Thickness inch 1/4-4
Positioning weight lbs 20,000
Drilling and positioning Servo motors
Positioning speed X f/min 98-1/2
Positioning speed Y f/min 88-1/2
Positioning speed Z f/min 59
Marking milling/plasma
Drilling and plasma 3D bevel units 1
Maximum torque drill head lbf*ft 450
Speed drill head rpm (stepless) 0 - 3,500
Tool changer 2 x 10
Drill holder CAT50
Drill diameter inch 13/64 - 2-3/4
Thread tapping M6 - M36
Plasma up to (amp) 400
Oxy-fuel 1
Machine weight (base) lbs 31,000

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