Voortman V310

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Adding to Voortman’s proven plate processing line of machines, the V310 recently launched and is available to improve speed, accuracy and efficiency in steel service centers and manufacturing facilities. Voortman is known for innovative designs that reduce production costs, add process capabilities while delivering world class service and support customers depend on. The Voortman V310 is fitted with a 40 HP servo drill, 10 station automatic tool changer, 3D plasma bevel and the Voortman Oxy-fuel 4.0 torch with capacitive height sensing.

The V310’s reliable and robust design reduces labor with advanced nesting software and impeccable accuracy in every cut, drill and mark. Fabricators and manufacturers can benefit from configuring the machine with a wide range of value added features to meet the needs of various applications.

Voortman V310
Voortman V310 Details:
The V310 is standard equipped with a SK40 drilling unit. The drilling unit allows you to drill holes up to a diameter of 40 mm in 100 mm thick material. The large 440 Nm servo drive for the drilling spindle results in amazing feed rates, even with larger diameters. To increase lifetime of the carbide tip and to eliminate cleaning after drilling, the drill is being lubricated internally by a mixture of oil and air.

Voortman’s sophisticated and accurate plasma 3D bevel unit ensures that man hours and operation costs in the workshop are greatly reduced. The V310 can process a variety of high quality bevel cuts and weld preparations in all directions (A, V, X, Y and K). Processed parts are immediately ready for assembly and welding without further manual operations, eliminating human handling and errors.

Voortman’s Instant Cut Technology was developed to reduce cut-to-cut idle movement. This technique ensures optimized movement each time the torch moves from one operation to another, allowing production capabilities to double. Especially when production consists of small products with holes, 100% increased production rate is easily attainable with the powerful motion control and speed of the V310. Because Instant Cut Technology is built into Voortman’s own Vacam control software, it remains productive by letting the software create the optimal production mix between speed and quality.

When the torch collides with an object such as a cut-out product on the table, mounting the torch back always took some time and with some designs even costs customers spare parts. To save time and costs, the V310 comes equipped with a unique magnetic collision system. This system minimizes downtime by having the machine up and running in no time with a simple manual handling to remount the torch.

The advanced nesting engine SigmaNEST comes equipped with all Voortman plate cutting machines for increased material optimization and cutting efficiency. Advanced nesting algorithms ensure improved part yield and minimal scrap while optimizing cutting cycle times. Voortman includes SigmaNEST in all steel processing machines because, as all efficient fabrication and manufacturing shops know, an excellent nesting program is as important as the machine itself.

The V310 is equipped with a heavy steel bridge with a total weight of 4500 KG / 9921 LBS. This heavy steel bridge ensures a higher allowable feed rate and provides extended consumable life due to minimal vibration during drilling operations. This significantly contributes to your cost savings.

Slag formation during piercing is a common problem with plasma cutting. The blast from piercing the material creates a volcanic effect which blows molten metal over the material, which needs to be removed manually. Especially with smaller contour cutting, it is quite likely that piercing dross is located on the cutting path, destroying your cut quality. Therefore, Voortman developed the 'Dross inhibitor’ which sprays oil at the piercing area just before piercing, preventing slag formation which significantly increases cutting quality and decreases any post processing.

To meet your cutting quality requirements, it is important that the X & Y movement runs in a stable, smooth and quiet way with as minimal vibrations as possible. Therefore, Voortman took the next step in cutting accuracy with the transmission systems of the Voortman V310. Transmission systems with almost no play ensure nothing but a smooth cutting surface. An accurate linear guidance ensures a stable and equal movement which results in very accurate cutting quality. The X rails are equipped with a helical rack and pinion transmission with reduced backlash. This ensures an increased accuracy and more dynamic movement compared to a straight rack and pinion. The dynamics are also fully optimized and accelerations/decelerations are smooth and leveled. Vibrations are minimized creating nothing else than a low roughness cutting surface and an accurate product.

Angular deviation or taper in the cutting surface is a typical attribute of plasma cutting, which of course should be minimized. Therefore, Voortman introduced the I-cut correction which counteracts the taper with a bevel correction and fully eliminates taper caused by plasma cutting. Arc lag usually also occurs when cutting holes. With the I-cut correction, taper with holes in thicker material is fully eliminated.

To provide even more versatility to the drilling unit, it is equipped with a fast 10-fold automatic tool changer. With this 10-fold tool changer a robust array of common processes such as carbide drilling, thread tapping, counter sinking and counter boring are possible without any manual intervention in between. The tool changer moves along with the bridge, which ensures the tool changer is always close to the area which needs to processed and that a tool can be changed while cutting simultaneously. Hereby, instant tool changes up to 10 tools are possible with minimum increase in production time.

When the operator adds a new tool to the tool changer, the length of the new tool is automatically measured and saved. By doing so, no manual measuring of the tool length is needed, which minimizes any measuring mistakes. After automatic tool length measuring, the drilling tool can move towards the material with maximum speed. Just before the tool touches the material the drilling tool reduces its speed to switch to the required feed rate.

Voortman’s Truevolt technology is responsible for ensuring constant cutting quality and maximum consumable life as part of the Instant Cut Technology. Truevolt corrects the exact arc voltage. By measuring the arc voltage, it can determine and maintain the optimal cutting height during processing. Maximum consumable life means less manual interaction, and therefore less machine downtime.


The V310 is equipped with the revolutionary GCE oxy fuel torch. This new torch can be equipped with standard GCE nozzles and the nozzles can be easily exchanged with a bayonet mount for minimum downtime. The ignition and height control systems are integrated within the torch, creating one solid torch that aides the operator’s responsibilities. A built-in pressure gauge indicates the pressure during cutting for easy adjusting. The revolutionary torch is an integral part of the V310, making use of rapid height control that achieves maximum output.

The cutting and drilling deck of the table of the V310 is provided with straight support bars in both directions with aluminum support pins. These support pins minimize breakage of the drill tip, extending the drill lifetime significantly.

The distance between the rail of the V310 and the floor is relatively low, which eliminates some obstacle when loading or unloading plates. This means that loading and unloading of material on the V310 is convenient and isn’t time consuming.  

To easy measure a plate and define the zero position of a plate, the angles which determine how the plate is positioned on the table can automatically be calculated by VACAM operation software. Specific points of the plate just must be manually indicated in VACAM whereafter VACAM automatically performs the calculation for the zero-point of the plate, even for more complex scrap shape plates.  

When the arc is lost or a cut is interrupted, the torch can be easily moved back to the point of failure without the flame burning by use of the VACAM software. Exactly from the point of failure the torch can ignite and continue the interrupted cut. Another possibility is to move the torch slightly outside the interrupted cut, start in the waste material and automatically move towards the contour and then continue the cutting process.

To enable constant and efficient production, machine operators have access to Voortman’s improved, comprehensive, and easy-to-use Vacam control software interface. One of Vacam’s key features is adaptive behavior – it allows operators to perform task-oriented work in a dynamic environment. While preparing for production and switching between different production phases, the overall structure remains unchanged with new related functions applied. Vacam control software is known in the industry for its consolidated graphical representation of the production process. It is able to generate a clear overview of processes, production status and machine modules to assist with online support.

For plate cutting up to 100 mm / 4” Voortman offers various plasma cutting systems from Hypertherm and Kjellberg with maximum cutting currents from 130 up to 400 amps. With Voortman’s own Vacam software all of the parameters like kerf offset, height control, pierce time delay and gas flow are automatically controlled, making a quality plasma cut more a configured science than operator knowledge. The plasma torch is equipped with all the latest innovations such as fast Voortman Height Control, Truevolt technology and Instant Cut Technology. All of these innovations, each with their individual functions, help the V310 achieve the highest cutting quality, extend consumable lifetime and ensure the fastest cutting cycle. High definition plasma offers similar quality results as the cuts made by laser in terms of angularity and dross.

An easy switch between plasma and oxy-fuel torches covers a wide range of thicknesses with both straight and bevel cut processing. Because the two torch types share the same holder, they share the same innovation. This allows operators to process a variety of high quality bevel cuts and weld preparations (A, V, X, Y and K) for producing parts that are ready immediately without further manual operations. The revolutionary oxy-fuel torch is an integral part of the V310, making use of rapid height control that achieves maximum output.

Vacam operating software is completely developed in house by Voortman software specialists. With decades of experience in steel machinery, the software is always in the process of optimizing and implementing new technologies for further improvements. Within Vacam's open platform, APIs are used to easily exchange production data with ERP and MRP software. Vacam provides a real-time graphical representation of workflows and processes.

Vacam analyzes imported products and nestings instantly. If there are any foreseeable production problems the integrated problem solver suggests the best solution automatically. This increases the efficiency and runtime of the system. Production is not interrupted and issues can be manually solved by the operator in advance.

Vacam Office Edition runs in a similar way and is dedicated to preparing products and lineal nests. The interface is simplified for showing only required functionalities with the main task of monitoring the production process in real time.

The integrated Vacad Editor enables operators to improve output by creating products or quickly resolve human errors derived from works office. Vacam is simple to edit and any operator is able to take full advantage of VACAD Editor with one day of training.

Integrated Precision Plasma 3D Bevel & Oxy-Fuel 4.0 Cutting Technology

Machine Motion Optimization

40 HP Servo Drill

Heavy Steel Bridge

Efficient Material Management