Voortman

Valk Welding designed a oxyfuel cutting robot for Voortman of Rijssen (NL) to cut out different types of steel profiles, such as I, H and U profiles, tubes, angles and steel plating.

Valk Welding designed a oxyfuel cutting robot for Voortman of Rijssen (NL) to cut out different types of steel profiles, such as I, H and U profiles, tubes, angles and steel plating. Voortman develops and builds drilling and sawing systems for the steel construction market. Integrating the cutting robot - a 6-axis Panasonic TA-1400 fitted with an oxyfuel cutting torch - with its existing beam coping system has made it possible for Voortman to upgrade the system into a fully automatic CNC-controlled beam coping system.

This CNC-controlled beam coping system stands out for its high processing speed and extremely accurate cutting process. The accuracy of this system is the result of a highly technical design with the robot mounted at the top of a solid frame. The frame is placed over the roller conveyors. To control the feeding of the profiles the system is fitted with a measuring roll positioning system. That makes it possible to position the profiles in the beam coping system at high speed and fully automatically. The process control software makes it possible to import DSTV data. Manual processing based on macros is also possible. The first system was delivered to the German company Stahlbau Queck GmbH. This company supplies steel structures for the architectonic steel building sector, industrial building, sports complexes, highrise buildings and industrial halls. Queck was looking for a replacement for its existing, outdated drilling and sawing system and for a beam cutting system. The new system had to feature higher output, minimal remnant material and a higher level of automation.

 

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