A new milestone
More than two years ago, in April 2020, the process of developing a new Bäumer contour cutter started. After an intense phase of testing and improving, the first prototype of the Contour V-blade was built in the end of 2020 at Baumer of America in New Jersey. The base for a new Bäumer milestone.
The decision on using the Contour V-blade to present the new design and the renaming of the Bäumer products led to one of the biggest launches that Bäumer announced within the last few years.
In the beginning of 2022 Bäumer installed the first Contour V-blade machine at a German customer, who purposely stretched the machine to its limits and gave valuable feedback to the development team.
Stephan Hohenadl, Director Sales & Service at Bäumer, is proud on what was achieved during the last years: “The whole team was eager to bring this innovation to life and we are so happy to be able to present this machine; a beauty and a beast at the same time!”
What makes the Contour V-blade a revolution for the market?
The machine is faster than any other Bäumer machine has ever been before. Compared to its successor the cutting speed increased from 80 to 100 meters per minute. It also comes with a high-speed acceleration of 5 meters per square second. These two features raise the productivity of manufacturers up to a new performance level.
At the same time the Contour V-blade provides minimal tolerances. Very precise and accurate cutting of small-scaled details can be ensured by the revised 360° knife turning unit. In addition, the machines knife guiding received a major update in order to provide a longer lifetime for serrated or smooth knives.
Smart design that works
Right from the beginning Bäumer was convinced that the machine ‘is not just a pretty face’. The Contour V-blade was created with a smart design and functionality with many major benefits for foam processing manufacturers.
The machine’s design allows fast and time efficient service. Changing the knife can now be done in much less time than previously needed in the OFS-VS.
The LED-feature on the top of the machine gives information on the cutting status of the current job, anytime. By using a countdown-system the machine operator is informed on the remaining cutting time visible from anywhere in the machine hall.
Instead of the previously utilized beacon system the Contour V-blade is now illuminating smart LED strips at the two towers of the machine to inform the operator about its status, i.e. ready, operating or in need of maintenance.
Overwhelming feedback at Foam Expo Novi
When entering the Foam Expo North America in Novi, Michigan, one could not oversee the news, that Bäumer brought to the exhibition. The new machine model right in the center of the booth, producing nonstop more than 50% of the exhibiting time, caught attention. “We have chosen Foam Expo to showcase the world premiere of our new generation Vertical Contour Cutting CNC and people love it. We couldn’t be happier.”, states Uwe Scharfy, CEO at Baumer of America, who was on site with his whole sales team.
They held machine presentations three times a day to showcase the amazing features the Contour
V-blade is equipped with. Those who were highly interested in the machine right away had to be disappointed – the model presented at Foam Expo was already sold to an American customer who will now experience the new machine in daily production.
By having this one standing in my machine hall, I would take my production to a new level.
Customer statements like this convinced the Bäumer team that the hard work on the development within the last two years was more than worth it - and that its outcome is now perfectly fitting the customer’s needs and expectations perfectly!
After the successful launch event the new machine is now available for the international market.
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