Round products from wet clay: buy the best machine there is at VSM.

Pressing of round and irregular products using steel moulds, CNC adjustable, efficient change overs and settings. For products with diameters from 50 up to 570 mm. Production up to 1500 pieces per hour.

Flex press

PRODUCTS Ø < 270 MM

Flex press

This machine presses round pots. With diameter sizes up to 270 mm.

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FLEX PRESS

For high production of flower pots and round dinnerware made from earthen or stone ware ball clay, up to Ø 550 mm.

The Flex CNC press series are designed for producing ceramic products with steel moulds. With this press a very high product quality can be achieved: all products are identical, smooth and exactly round, have a constant wall thickness and a perfect finish.

Its high capacity is achieved by energy saving Servo motors. While the CNC-3-Control allows for a quick change over and easy settings of production.

To increase the daily production there are sensors with extra software who recognize early production failures and then tries to cure them. Due to this there are less stand-stills and the press stops automatically ónly when needed.

The machine has an outstanding robust design and finishing, a well-con- sidered configuration of machine components, e.g. all linear ways are perfectly covered and sealed from clay and releasing oil. In this way a very long life span is achieved.

The Flex machine includes: a pressing unit with upper and lower mould, a pick up arm with a vacuum-head and finishing system, clay sliding-in unit and CNC-3-Control unit. The modular construction with multiple options makes the press easy to fit in all production lines.

THE ADVANTAGES

  • No plaster moulds anymore, but steel long life span moulds (up to 1.000.000 pcs);
  • High quality finished products in one go;
  • High daily output due quick motions and production surveillance Software;
  • Possible to automatically reshape or make imprints after production. (many options);
  • Energy saving production machine;
  • Faster set ups and quick change over’s with CNC-3-Control, with touch screen;
  • Suitable to fit in any production line because of small modular designs;
  • Long life span and little planned maintenance required;
  • Internet connection to VSM for monitoring;
  • Clear list of warnings plus feedback on machine status to operator in case of problems or ma chine failure;
  • Turn key delivery;
  • Excellent after-sales service and training;
  • Many favorable references from customers;
  • Safety according European standards (CE mark);
  • State- of the art safety PLC for quick and safe starting the machine after a standstill.

Foto’s

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1. Ball / hollow shaped product

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2. (top) Square product

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3. Product with more curves

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4. Basic shaped product

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6. Decorated product

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The Flex press

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Flex press with the reshaping after pressing option (see unit on the right).

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The Flex press on the Ceramitec, Messe Munchen.

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Reshaping option

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Decoration: on the left you see a stamp, on the right a roller.

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The vaccuumhead with finishing system.

Making

Process A:
in- and outside conical min. 1°
D: H max. 1:4

If you take a look in the photo slideshow above, pots 4 and 5 are made by the process below. Pots 1, 2, and 6 are also made by this process, but with the reshaping option after the making.

Process B (option):
Inside conical min. 1 °
Outside horizontal releasing.
‘‘Tulip’’ type up to Ø 200. See pot number 3 in the photo slideshow above.

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DECORATION AFTER PRESSING

The product is decorated on the vacuum head by rolling onto it (limited), even with a one to one servo system, or to make a stamp in it. Also product number 3 in the photo slideshow on top of this page is made this way.

On the picture: on the left you see a stamp, on the right a roller.

 

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RESHAPING

The possibility to reshape products after pressing gives you many options. They are explained by the drawings below.

In the first one is shown that the reshaping is made by an upper mould part which rotates, to make the product ball shaped. See product number 1 on the top of this page.

With the option below (no. 2), the round product can be reshaped into a product which is square at the top. See product number 2 on the top of this page.

This re-shape option is on a rotary table with two driven rollers. A product made this way is shown on the top of this page, number 3.

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