Columbus C40
C40

The revolutionary vacuum press modular system

The Columbus C40
The revolutionary
vacuum press modular system
The Columbus C40 is the world‘s first patented vacuum press modular system. It was created with more than 40 years of hands-on experience and technology leadership. It was built for people who are already developing the innovations of tomorrow today and produced to be one step ahead of the competition at any time. With the C40, the vacuum press has been re-invented from scratch and perfected to be the ultimate tool for those who want to create great things, excite their customers, and sustainably increase their sales. And that — depending on the stage of expansion — with all applications, this technology has to offer. Starting with laminated bending to the forming of plastics to thermoforming.

ADAPT YOUR INVESTMENT TO T H E DESIRED APPLICATION
The world‘s first patented modular design of the C40 — based on an inexpensive, high-tech basic machine — makes it an adaptable partner for many decades and guarantees the highest possible investment security. The sophisticated design makes it possible to mount all extension modules subsequently, therefore expand the variety of applications in no time and expand the production spectrum at your own pace.

This makes the C40
the quantum leap in
vacuum press technology

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The revolutionary modular system
The C40 is the first patented vacuum press modular system on the market, what makes it a true world first. During its development, the vacuum press has been completely rethought, with the experience of more than 40 years of application-oriented research and development work. It already defines today the technical benchmarks of tomorrow. With a mix of unsurpassed versatility and maximum efficiency, it puts everything that‘s been there before in the shade.
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The flexible upgrading
You can start small with the C40, but you do not have to. In any case, you are flexible. The inexpensive basic machine offers everything your heart desires, if you want to process wood to extraordinary workpieces. But that does not mean that you have to stick to it. If you want to extend your product range later with plastic processing, it is sufficient to order the necessary module. All modules can be mounted subsequently.
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The gigantic precision vacuum table
The C40 has a gigantic usable area on which even very large workpieces can be easily processed. Highest engineering skills, in the development of the working surface, guarantee unprecedented precision. The robust construction makes the C40 absolutely torsionally rigid. This uncompromising approach guarantees enormous variety in terms of product range and high reliability of results.
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The power efficiency principle
The power efficiency principle of the C40 embodies absolute efficiency enhancement and power maximization. Care was taken to use only energy saving components with simultaneously optimized resource utilization. The perfected hermetics of the system simultaneously guarantees loss-free working. Precise heat control, optimal heat distribution and outstanding thermal insulation ensure the efficient use of energy. The C40 achieves maximum power with minimal resource consumption.
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The electromechanical precision drive
The vertical opening mechanism was perfected by an electromechanical precision drive. Thanks to the significantly optimized technology, absolutely linear press drives and precise stopping in the desired position are now possible. The exactly and infinitely adjustable parallel opening as well as the linear drives, equipped with automatic stop, guarantee unprecedented application and result reliability.
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The patented integrated vacuum storage system
The patented, integrated vacuum storage system for extremely fast vacuum build up, available as a factory option, is a world first you only get with the C40. Where conventional vacuum presses still work with an external vacuum tank, the C40 offers a generous vacuum reservoir, which is already built into the design. Due to the extremely compact design, achieved in this way, the C40 finds its place in every production plant. In addition, the vacuum storage system offers increased capacity and optimized speeds during vacuum build-up.
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The uncompromising hermetic principle
The vacuum system of the C40, developed according to the hermetic principle, is 100 % leakproof. Once the vacuum has been built up, it will be retained, over a very long period of time. This saves precious energy and valuable time. This unique result is due to a re-imagined line and connection system. Nearly seamless connectors and permanently integrated components hold the vacuum firmly in the system and guarantee loss-free working. The C40 makes no compromises in this regard.
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The controlled circulating air heating system
The controlled circulating air heating system of the C40 sets new standards in terms of heat distribution and thermal insulation. A precisely controlled hot air flow, in the heating drawer and the heating hood, guarantees an exact temperature distribution and faster heating processes. Due to that, a uniform heating of the workpiece is achieved. Temperature differences at different parts of the workpiece are a thing of the past. This reduces reject rates, minimizes material consumption and guarantees best results in the forming process.
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The fully automatic vacuum valve
With conventional vacuum presses, the vacuum build-up or release must be controlled manually with a ball valve. The C40 (fully equipped) can now control all this automatically for the first time. When commanded via the control panel, the optional fully automatic vacuum valve controls vacuum build-up or release without the need for manual intervention. This perfects the workflow in terms of efficiency, speed and operation security.
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The highly precise heating control
A high-precision control electronics, coupled with the efficient heat insulation of the heating system, ensures accurate temperature control and uncompromising consistency. This allows even the most sensitive materials to be heated to optimum conditions and then formed into extraordinary workpieces.This high-end system leaves nothing to chance, regarding heat supply, and guarantees absolute certainty of results and freedom of creation.
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The thermal separation
The new heating systems of the C40 achieve unprecedented thermal insulation performance. Because the revolutionary two-shell construction guarantees absolute thermal seperation. This means that the heat is effectively kept in the heating hood or the heating drawer, but the outer shell remains unaffected. The system prevents heat waste and hot outer surfaces. This provides even more operation security, without the risk of burns and a significant increase in energy efficiency. Another advantage of this is that the machine never warps, even with extreme temperature fluctuations.
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The „touch-soft-close“ function
The feeding system of the heating unit was completely redeveloped with the C40. The extremely robust heating drawer, with the touch-soft-close function, offers now a gentle closing mechanism, as it is known from drawers in the kitchen. This guarantees absolute operation security. Thanks to the locking mechanism, the opening and closing of clamping locks are a thing of the past. The result is an even more efficient workflow.
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The next-generation automatic program
With the next-generation automatic program, processes or work steps can be automated and, as a consequence, the overall efficiency of the production operation can be increased. For that the pre-installed programs for pressing, heating, wrapping or thermoforming can be used. If certain work steps are used more frequently in a production plant, a new program sequence can also be conveniently created and stored to automate the process. This can later be retrieved as often as one like. The intuitive operation makes the training of new employees or the use of the system extremely easy.
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The universal frame carrier
The C40 has only one universal frame carrier. On the universal frame carrier, both, the membrane frame, with integrated membrane fast-change system, as well as the foil frame or deep drawing frame, can be mounted. In other words, one frame for everything. If you want to expand your product range later, the universal frame makes a subsequent mounting of the necessary frames possible.

That is what C40 can do

Depending on the configuration, C40 allows you to perform the following applications. You will find many other useful information about the workflow, the possible fields of application as well as the compatible materials and material brands in the detailed information of the respective application.
Laminated Bending / Shape Bonding / Flat Gluing
Production of laminated bending, shape bonding and flat gluing work pieces made of wood and wood-like materials.
Veneering / Overlaying / Coating
Overlaying of work pieces with high-quality veneers and other materials.
forming solid surface materials & plastics
Forming of plastics, thermoplastic materials and composite materials.
Thermoforming
Thermoforming of plastics
Foil Laminating / Foil Wrapping
Laminating and wrapping with foils

The modules
Everything starts with the basic machine BASIC. Building on these, the C40 can be extended with 4 optional and independent modules. Only the heating hood HEATING HOOD and the frame FRAME need the vertical opening VERTICAL to be mounted there. Each guarantees access to new profitable applications and even more ways to increase efficiency. Thanks to the sophisticated design, all modules can be mounted on site and the machine does not have to be returned to the factory.
BASIC
Basic machine
Precision vacuum table, integrated vacuum storage system (factory option), membrane frame with fast-change system
VERTICAL
Vertical opening
Vertical corner posts, electromechanical precision drive, universal frame carrier (all frames can be mounted), control unit and electrics
HEATING UNIT
Heating drawer
Extremely robust heating drawer, high-precision heating control, controlled circulating air heating system, touch-soft-close function
HEATING HOOD
Heating hood
Heating hood, high-precision heating control
FRAME
Deep drawing frame / Foil frame
Deep drawing frame (with different undersizes) / foil frame
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At a glance

Features and technical data

BASIC
Precision vacuum table
  • Construction: stable steel construction with integrated vacuum storage system
  • Feet: 4 pcs. table feet
  • Wheels: 2 rigid castors & 2 swivel castors with parking brake
  • Mountings for fork-lift: Removable front panel to reach fork-lift pick up points
  • Color: gray blue RAL5008, powder-coated
  • Overall dimensions: approx. 3320 x 1720 x 1000 mm (with flap frame)
  • Working height: approx. 900 mm

HPL-Compact working surface
  • Size: 3200 x 1600 mm
  • Material: even HPL-Compact high-pressure laminate according to EN 438-6 heat resistant up to approx. + 160 ° C
  • Color: white
  • Vacuum channels: lengthwise & cross CNC milled vacuum channels for rapid evacuation

Vacuum technology
  • Suction nozzles: 3 pcs. integrated in the working surface, CNC milled nozzles
  • Connection system: hermetically sealed vacuum piping
  • Vacuum storage system: 220 l integrated in the table
    Operation: 3-way ball valve with manual control
    Pump control: Pressure sensor for automatic control of the vacuum pump
  • Negative pressure display: pressure gauge
  • Digital pressure regulator: optional for setting and automatic control of the desired negative pressure via digital display, built into the front panel

Flap frame
  • Mounting fixture: fast-change system for membrane frames
  • Pivot bearing: heavy load hinges (3-times beared)
  • Swivel support: gas springs on both sides
  • Locking: Locking clamp in solid steel design
  • Color: blood orange RAL2002, powder-coated

Membrane frame
  • Dimensions inside the frame: approx. 3040 x 1440 mm
  • Membrane holder: tool-free membrane fast-change system
  • Assembly: fast-change system on the flap frame

Natural rubber membrane
  • Size: 3300 x 1700 x 2 mm
  • Material: natural rubber NR
  • Heat resistance: up to + 130 ° C
  • Elongation at tear: 600%
  • Material hardness: 40 Shore-A
  • Color: gray

Silicone membrane economy
  • Size: 3300 x 1700 x 2 mm
  • Material: silicone
  • Heat resistance: up to + 230 ° C
  • Elongation at tear: 700% elongation
  • Material hardness: 40 Shore-A
  • Color: white / transparent

Silicone membrane high-performance
  • Size: 3300 x 1700 x 2 mm
  • Material: silicone
  • Heat resistance: up to + 230 ° C
  • Elongation at tear: 700% elongation
  • Material hardness: 40 Shore-A
  • Color: transparent

VACUUM PUMPS
25 m³ high-performance vacuum pump
  • Type: rotary vane vacuum pump VT 4.25
  • Air suction speed: 25 m³ / h
  • Pressure: up to 9 t / m²

40 m³ high-performance vacuum pump
  • Type: rotary vane vacuum pump VT 4.40
  • Air suction speed: 40 m³ / h
  • Pressure: up to 9 t / m²

80 m³ high-performance vacuum pump
only for VERTICAL with E + V-Tec large
  • Type: rotary vane vacuum pump VT 4.80
  • Air suction speed: 80 m³ / h
  • Pressure: up to 9 t / m²
VERTICAL
Vertical system
  • Use: can be mounted on the basic construction of the vacuum table instead of the profile feet and the flap frame in order to be able to move the universal frame carrier vertically in a linear manner
  • Construction: vertical corner columns (4 pcs.) with sturdy, stationary TR threaded spindles for mounting the universal frame carrier; with connecting struts; with maintenance doors
  • Color: gray blue RAL5008, powder-coated
  • Overall dimensions: approx. 3450 x 1750 x 2100 mm or approx. 3850 x 1750 x 2100 mm with electric cabinet

Universal frame carrier
  • Construction: steel construction with corner bearings for vertical linear movement
  • Preloading device: for the exact hermetic closure of the membrane frame to the working surface
  • Pick-up device: fast-change system for membrane, foil or thermoforming frames
  • Color: blood orange RAL2002, powder-coated

Electromechanical precision drive
  • Drive: three-phase geared motor, moving along the universal frame carrier
  • Engine power: 1.25 kW
  • Lifting height: approx. 750 mm
  • Operation: two-hand operation

optional with E + V-Tec large:
  • Travel speed: FU controlled up to approx. 50mm/s adjustable with soft start & stop
  • Closing force: variably adjustable via control
  • Parameter: adjustable via HMI touch panel

HEATING UNIT
Heating drawer
  • Useable area: 2800 x 1300 x 70 mm
  • Use: for heating of solid surface materials or plastics for subsequent forming
  • Construction: at the bottom of the vacuum table
  • Construction: steel construction with thermally separated, 2-shell structure with optimal thermal insulation with mineral wool in sheet metal cladding
  • Drawer: heavy load drawer, located outside the heating chamber with soft touch close function and hyd. closing mechanism.
  • Workpiece support: corrugated grid, galvanized with grid 30 x 30 mm
  • Heating system: circulating air heating system with separate heating chamber
  • Heating power: 2 x 10 kW high-performance heating coils
  • Convection: 2 x radial fan 225 mm
  • Temperature range: max. + 230 ° C
    Temperature control: steplessly electronically adjustable via set point / actual value display

    optional with E + V-Tec large:
    Temperature set point / actual value display via HMI touch panel
    Exact pulse control via PLC with tuning function
    Display of the heating process (widgets)
    Monitoring function of the heating elements
    Automatic shutdown
    Programming and administration of recipes
  • Color: gray blue RAL5008, powder-coated
    drawer front: blood orange RAL2002, powder-coated
HEATING HOOD
Heating hood
  • Usable area: 3000 x 1140 x 500 mm
  • Use: for heating foils and plastics for foiling or thermoforming
  • Construction: mounted and vertically movable on the columns of the vertical system
  • Construction: lightweight construction with thermally separated 2-shell construction with optimum thermal insulation with mineral wool Window with double pane
  • Drive: three-phase geared motor, moving
  • Engine power: 1.25 kW
  • Lifting height: approx. 750 mm
  • Operation: two-hand operation
  • Travel speed: FU controlled up to approx. 50mm/s adjustable with soft start & stop
  • Heating system: circulating air heating system with separate heating chamber
  • Heating power: 2 x 10 kW high-performance heating coils
  • Convection: 2 x radial fan 225 mm.
  • Temperature range: max. + 210 ° C
  • Control: Temperature set point / actual value display via HMI touch panel;
    Exact pulse control via PLC with tuning function
    Monitoring function of the heating elements. Automatic shutdown. Programming and administration of recipes
  • Color: hood; aluminium natural anodized
    Substructure: Blood orange RAL2002, powder-coated
  • Requires: VERTICAL, E + V-Tec Large

E+V-TEC LARGE
  • Use: PLC control and vacuum valves for the automated control and monitoring of all machine parts and functions. With touch display, where the HMI software for visualizing all processes is installed.
  • PLC control: B & R Safety PLC
  • HMI: touch panel with HMI software on ergonomically arranged operator console
  • Vacuum pump: rotary vane vacuum pump VT 4.40 with 40m³/h air suction speed
  • Evacuation valve: automatic 3-way ball valve, operation via HMI software
  • Pressure build-up control: fully automatic vacuum valve for rapid evacuation with the vacuum storage system and for rapid pressure build-up
  • Pressure monitoring: precise pressure sensors via PLC control
FRAME
Foil frame
  • Use: for foiling fronts or other components
  • Consists of: 1 pc. foil base frame with seal 1 pc. foil frame with fast-mounting system on the universal frame carrier; with silicone seal for clamping the foils
  • Requires: VERTICAL, HEATING HOOD

Deep drawing frame
  • Use: for thermoforming of plastic foils and plates
  • Consists of: 2 pcs. of grid rails, length-side with 50 grid 1 pc. deep drawing frame, B = 1250; length, selectable up to 1500mm other lengths on request, but max. 2800mm
  • Requires: VERTICAL, HEATING HOOD, foil frame set
MISCELLANEOUS
Measuring sensor product
  • Type: K-sensor with plug
  • Cable length: 3 m

Perforated stainless steel sheet
  • Size: 2000 x 1000 x 2 mm
  • Perforation: 5 mm

Deionization unit
  • Consists of: power supply with anti-static gun
  • Air flow rate: adjustable Hose length: 6 m

Aluminium working surface
  • Use: for thermoforming of plastic foils and sheets
  • Size: 3200 x 1600 mm
  • Material: aluminum AW5083 (CNC milled on both sides)
    heat resistant up to + 250 ° C
  • Color: natural aluminum
  • Vacuum channels: none
  • Requires: VERTICAL, E + V-Tec Large

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