WHY CHOOSE VFE ELECTRON BEAM WELDING EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES
Optimise production with a high-performing electron beam welding set-up, increasing efficiency and stepping up the value of your welded products.
VFE is in partnership with global leader Probeam for the supply, installation, service, calibration and aftercare of electron beam welding machines.
Electron beam technology is used for a range of welding, hardening, drilling and surface coating applications where high quality, productivity and complexity are important. The technique takes place in a vacuum, inside a vacuum chamber.
The electron beam welding process is proven to deliver several product advantages. It results in high-quality weld seams and clean workpieces, driving up the quality of the resulting product. It can process almost all metallic materials and produce parts with virtually any geometry, making it versatile and suitable for a wide range of production applications.
Due to the minimal heat input combined with low distortion, finely machined and hardened workpieces can be welded as the last operation. This saves additional processes such as straightening of warp or grinding, improving efficiency compared to other welding techniques.
The electron beam can also produce deeper welds. The deeper the weld penetration is and the higher the cost of the material is, the more cost-effective the electron beam approach becomes compared to other welding techniques.
The resulting set-up maximises production output while simultaneously delivering superior products above and beyond those manufactured by competitors using traditional welding methods and even more advantages than laser technology.
INTEGRATES WITH EXISTING PRODUCTION LINES
Incorporate superior welding functionality into your existing production line without having to implement wider operational changes. A smooth transition to state-of-the-art electron beam welding ensures minimum disruption to production or output.
HIGH-QUALITY WELDED PRODUCTS
Carry out complex welding on your products at lower costs by integrating electron beam welding capability into your manufacturing operation. Increase the quality, durability and value of your products using this highly efficient simple tool.
Many new products cannot be achieved either practically or cost-effectively by other means.
The need to remain compliant can make introducing new production methods or processes a challenge. Not so with our electron beam welding equipment and services, which are ISO 14744 compliant and have a digital, encrypted audit trail, so you can easily evidence service histories and other details when required.
HIGH EFFICIENCY AND REPEATABILITY
The electron beam welding system is a completely digital system, easy to automate and capable of reproducing results. Users can benefit from continuous process monitoring and quality control.
As a more intelligent manufacturing method compared to traditional welding methods, electron beam welding reduces development costs, helping production lines to hit commercial targets and operate more cost-effectively.
DETAILED PRODUCT FEATURES
Condition for quality welding results is a high quality of the electron beam (EB) itself. Automatic beam alignment is a pro-beam patented automated set-up routine that results in a precise and reproducible set-up of the parameter. Human error is eliminated in the set-up.
- Repeatable, optimum set-up of the EB machine
- Data tracking allows for performance and condition monitoring
Based on backscattered electrons and advanced digital image processing, providing an alternative to light-optical monitoring systems with extended functionality.
- Reflection-free imaging of the workpiece
- Spectrum of workable components is increased
- Simplified positioning, resulting in a lower error rate for positioning
Using backscattered electrons and advanced image processing, pro-beam electron beam machines can be programmed to perform automatic seam tracking (optional) for the welding of complex structures. The technology can support or completely replace manual control.
- Significantly reduced processing time
- Increased quality results (e.g. more accurate
Enables simultaneous processing at several locations. Using fast, precise control and deflection systems, the electron beam can be split up into multiple beams. The pro-beam patented technology multi-process technologies, where individual process steps are combined into a single process (e.g. preheating, welding, cosmetic).
- More effective production processes
- Better quality (e.g. control of thermal expansion)
- Application of new techniques (e.g. material combination)