It can be said with certainty that to this very day, the Voortman V630 is one of the most sold machines of Voortman Steel Machinery. This machine has lived up to its reputation in reliability, speed and innovation, and has proven to be a breakthrough in the steel construction branch, which was a bit rusty at the time.
The three-headed drill is fully CNC controlled, which resulted in a revolutionary accurate and fast processing machine during its launch and market approach. The innovative software enables simultaneous movements of several axes, allowing multiple processes to be carried out at the same time. By combining the Voortman V630 with other Voortman machines, several processes in a fully automated production line can be carried out. Rough profiles are outputted as ready-made products. Another frequent combination is the Voortman V630 with a sawing machine where the two separate machines work together in a combined drilling and sawing process.
The development of a successor, the Voortman V631, started several years ago in order to continue to meet the demands for new functionalities. With the current Voortman V630 as base, new functionalities to be implemented have been researched and selected for the new machine. This includes various requirements and wishes from product management, existing customers and the ever-changing market. An important development in this market is the increasing demand for milling functionality. That is also the most striking difference between the two machines. With the need for milling, a stable and robust frame and the necessary kilowatts of power are an absolute must-have addition.
The reason for an increased demand for milling functionality is easy to explain, according to Gert-Jan Nijsink, lead engineer of the Voortman V631. “With drilling, you are limited to round holes and limited sizes. And for each diameter you will also have to change your drilling tools. With milling, you can make round holes of unlimited size with a single milling tool. With the addition of slotted and rectangular holes, the limitation to round holes is also eliminated. You will also have to deburr every manual drilled hole in order to allow further manual operations to proceed safely. The milling process does not require any postprocessing. This saves manual handling and therefore time and money. “
Where the Voortman V630 is equipped with external components, the decision was made to integrate a bottom marking unit as well as a chip conveyor at the development of the successor. The development of a new machine also brings other benefits alongside extra functionalities. Gert-Jan: “By placing the electrical components at the back of the machine, it is possible to assemble and test the machine as a whole, after which it can be installed more quickly as a complete unit on site.”
In order to guarantee 100% functioning, the Voortman V631 will be thoroughly tested. It is also Voortman’s first and only beam processing machine executed with the most recent Voortman VACAM software version. Communication between different VACAM versions is still not optimal. Especially since the drilling machine is almost always used in combination with other processes, optimization of the mutual communication is necessary before the machine is launched. The testing period will be used to update the complete product range of beam processing machines to an equal software level. So that Voortman can guarantee a good functioning machine and the full integration in automated processing lines. In the end, Voortman’s goal is to continue the long-standing success of the V630!