Voortman (Monee, IL) has designed the V550-7 CNC flat and angle processing machine for speed, reliability, and versatility in punching, shearing, and drilling flat and angle profiles. The machine’s capabilities include both horizontal and vertical punching, carbide drilling, thread tapping, countersinking, and miter shearing up to 45 degrees in either direction. The system has a vertical punch capacity of 110 metric tonnes (121 US tons) and a horizontal punch capacity of 70 metric tonnes (70 US tons).
The machine can process flat and angle profiles up to 15 meters (50 feet) without any manual intervention. VACAM control software automatically monitors the active buffer system, securing a priority position for the first profile to be processed while buffering the subsequent profiles. By allowing the system to continuously move profiles towards the roller conveyor and gripper truck, new batches can be loaded and started on the V550-7 in minimal time.
The VACAM control software additionally reduces scrap by automatically optimizing the cutting sequence, checking material length and nesting on the fly. Processes are closely matched to limit the operator waiting time.
The system is equipped with sensors at the infeed to seamlessly process various material lengths at the maximum output. The sensors in the cross-transport and gripper truck automatically identify the profile’s location and length, so higher approach speeds are possible. Profile lengths can vary from 6 meters (20 feet) up to 15 meters (50 feet) without affecting the production times.
The machine is equipped with stations for 13 dies in a rotational holder with up to seven vertical punches. This provides processing capabilities for a wide range of thicknesses without needing additional punch and die changes. The servo-driven carousel is synchronized with the vertical punches for maximum speed punching.