On Thursday, April 6th the company visit of the Dutch branch organisation for steel construction took place at the Voortman Experience Center. Next to Voortman, MSc Engineering and Construsoft also participated in the event. The central theme was “The steel construction of the future, already a reality?

The Fabricator

By means of a demonstration of the factory of the future the latest trends in the field of Smart Industry in steel construction were discussed. The model of a steel structure was rendered into programs which automatically control the factory. Voortman Steel Group took this opportunity to present the Fabricator, an innovative system for fully automatic assembling and welding. By connecting The Fabricator to other Voortman beam and plate processing machinery, Voortman is able to offer a fully automatic structural steel fabrication.


Voortman Steel Machinery is responsible for the design and production of the Fabricator. The system consists of a base frame, three welding robots and one handling robot. The overhead crane places the steel beam in the so-called profile rotators, which can rotate the beam 270°. A shuttle delivers the plates to the robots, which measure the profile and then weld the plates to the beam. After the summer, Voortman Steel Construction will take the Fabricator into production to further test it in practice. The system will be ready for sale next year.

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