Vacuplus

The inexpensive and universal vacuum press

Vacuplus
The inexpensive and universal vacuum press
Realize individual solutions in furniture construction as well as in sophisticated interior construction and create unique pieces. With an efficient workflow, that significantly reduces time-consuming preparation compared to traditional manufacturing processes, you can maximize your yield with each piece.

With the proven Vacuplus technology, you can process wood and wood-like materials easily and cost-efficiently into innovative products and reach the highest possible certainty of results. This turns laminated bending and veneering into profitable applications.

Columbus machines are developed with the know-how from 40 years of experience, produced exclusively in Austria and define the global, technological benchmark for vacuum presses. You benefit directly from this experience when it comes to realizing new ideas, reacting simply to current trends and expanding the offer for your customers with each new project.

Advantages of Columbus vacuum presses

Machine construction
  • The upmarket Columbus machines are the result of decades long, market driven research and development. They were created by and for practitioners and perfected together with operators and manufacturers of materials.
  • The massive welded steel construction is 100 % torsionally rigid and resistant against bending, even when processing big work pieces. The results are longevity and production safety in any situation.
  • The ergonomic and smooth-running operation ensures an absolutely body-friendly working method even during fast production processes, what minimizes downtime and ensures fatigue-free working.
Membrane
  • Columbus membranes are extremely heat resistant and very resilient against abrasion, this minimizes expenses on wearing parts.
  • They have extraordinary elasticity and rebound capabilities and guarantee best pressing results for a long time.
  • Depending on the required heat resistance and mechanical load, Columbus membranes are available in different material types and quality categories (natural rubber, silicone economy, silicone high-performance). Thus, there is always the ideal equipment at the best price for every application.
Membrane fast-change system
  • With the unique Columbus membrane fast-change system, a membrane change can be carried out in less than 10 minutes, what optimizes production processes and significantly shortens production times.
  • The sturdy steel frame guarantees a vacuum-tight membrane attachment and thus ensures the best press results and production safety.
Phenolic resin working surface
  • The Columbus working surfaces consist of a very heat-resistant and robust phenolic resin laminated plywood. These guarantee longevity even with the toughest use.
  • The integrated air suction channels in the working surface, with up to 70 suction points, facilitate full ventilation and evacuation. With this system, maloperation by incorrect placed work pieces is impossible, what minimizes reject rates. Furthermore, the Air suction speed increases through that and an evenly spread pressure is guaranteed.
Vacuum pump
  • The high-performance vacuum pumps from Columbus are 100 % oil-free. While conventional oil-lubricated vacuum pumps spread their lubricating oil throughout the entire room as a harmful and surface-contaminating oil mist, Columbus dry-running rotary vane pumps ensure clean and safe production facilities for people, materials and environment.
  • Depending on the requirements and the size of the machine, Columbus offers a variety of high-performance vacuum pumps with different Air suction speed. Thus, there is always the ideal equipment at the best price for every demand.
  • High-performance vacuum pumps from Columbus are maintenance-free. This means no expense for servicing - neither time nor cost.
Control unit
  • Vacuum generation and vacuum reduction are controlled via a vacuum control lever, which is placed centrally on the machine.
  • The vacuum pressure is monitored via a precise analogue vacuum pressure gauge in bar relative.
  • Thanks to the central and clear provision of all control and monitoring elements, the production process can be extremely speeded up and optimally monitored.
Vacuum pressure control
  • With a vacuum pressure control, the vacuum pressure of the vacuum press can be adjusted variably. Since the processing of certain materials (e.g. very soft materials) requires an adapted vacuum pressure, new, profitable application possibilities are opened up with a vacuum pressure control.
  • The vacuum pressure can be controlled with either a mechanical regulator, or a digital controller.
  • The digital vacuum pressure control is available in combination with a 200 / 500 l vacuum tank, which enables an extremely fast vacuum generation. Due to the faster vacuum generation, materials and adhesives can be processed with very short process times.
Heating hood economy
  • The heating hood economy consists of a very sturdy and robust aluminium construction that guarantees longevity and production safety even with the toughest use.
  • Inside the heating hood there is a high-performance and energy-efficient heating system, consisting of tubular heating elements, which is designed for continuous operation and long periods of heating.
  • Due to the additional use of heat, cycle times can be extremely shortened, which results in higher productivity.
  • The low weight of the sturdy aluminium construction allows easy opening and closing of the heating hood, resulting in an efficient and less exhausting operation, which raises productivity and minimizes downtimes.
  • The thermostat is variably adjustable from 0 - 80 ° C and thus sets no limits in the temperature selection.
Vertical opening mechanism
  • The vertical, pneumatic opening mechanism guarantees precise pressing of different shapes and geometries, since the vertical travel does not cause any shifting of the layers and the base stencil. This level of precision reduces reject rates to zero.
  • The possibility of a 4-sided operation of the vacuum press ensures an uncomplicated and fast workflow and increases productivity.
  • The reliable, oil-free pneumatic cylinders protect work pieces and the production facility against oil contamination.
  • The built-in two-hand safety operation guarantees maximum safety.
Easy opening
  • The "Easy opening" feature makes opening and closing the clam shell opening even easier. The result is a more comfortable way of working and a speeded-up production process.

That is what Vacuplus can do

Depending on the configuration, Vacuplus 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.

Examples of features

The Vacuplus can be configured in many ways and equipped with different features to match your personal needs. Here you'll find several examples of features:
Vacuplus with vertical opening mechanism, digital vacuum pressure controller and 200 l tank
Vacuplus with heating hood economy
Vacuplus with clamshell opening and mechanical vacuum pressure regulator
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At a glance

Features and technical data

Machine construction
Size 1:
Overall dimensions: approx. 3100 x 1500 x 1000 mm
Dimensions inside the frame: approx. 2880 x 1280 mm

Size 2:
Overall dimensions: approx. 4100 x 1760 x 1000 mm
Dimensions inside the frame: approx. 3880 x 1540 mm

Size 3:
Overall dimensions: approx. 4100 x 2000 x 1000 mm
Dimensions inside the frame: approx. 3880 x 1780 mm
Membrane
Natural rubber membrane
Material: natural rubber NR
Dimensions: 3100 x 1500 / 4100 x 1800 / 4100 x 2000 x 2 mm
Heat resistance: up to + 130 °C
Elongation at tear: 600 %
Material hardness: 40 Shore-A
Colour: grey

Silicone membrane economy
Material: silicone
Dimensions: 3100 x 1500 / 4100 x 1800 / 4100 x 2000 x 2 mm
Heat resistance: up to + 200 °C
Elongation at tear: 700 %
Material hardness: 50 Shore-A
Colour: white/transparent

Silicone membrane high-performance
Material: silicone
Dimensions: 3100 x 1500 / 4100 x 1800 / 4100 x 2000 x 2 mm
Heat resistance: up to + 200 °C
Elongation at tear: 600 %
Material hardness: 40 Shore-A
Colour: transparent
Membrane fast-change system
Every membrane is suitable
Incl. fixing bolts and profiles
Phenolic resin working surface
Material: phenolic resin laminated plywood
Heat resistance: up to + 160 °C
Suction points: up to 70
Vacuum pump
25 m³ high-performance vacuum pump
Type: dry running rotary vane pump
Air suction speed: 25 m³/h
Pressure: up to 9 t/m²

40 m³ high-performance vacuum pump
Type: dry running rotary vane pump
Air suction speed: 40 m³/h
Pressure: up to 9 t/m

80 m³ high-performance vacuum pump
Type: dry running rotary vane pump
Air suction speed 80 m³/h
Pressure: up to 9 t/m²
Control unit
Switch for pump on/off
Vacuum control lever for vacuum generation and reduction
Pressure monitoring: analogue vacuum pressure gauge
Vacuum pressure control
Mechanical vacuum pressure regulator
Control range of vacuum pressure: 200 - 900 mbar rel.

Digital FESTO vacuum pressure control
Control range of vacuum pressure: precisely 20 - 900 mbar rel. (variable) incl. 200 / 500 l vacuum tank
Heating hood economy
Type: Tubular heating elements
Tubular heating elements: 3 pcs.
Heating power: 5.4 kW
Thermostat: variable 0 - 80 °C
Vertical opening mechanism
Type: pneumatic
Pneumatic cylinder: 8 pcs.
two-hand safety operation

VACUPLUS, Size 1:
Overall dimensions: approx. 3400 x 1560 x 1400/1900 mm
Stroke: approx. 850 mm

VACUPLUS, Size 2:
Overall dimensions: approx. 4400 x 1820 x 1400/1900 mm
Stroke: approx. 1000 mm

VACUPLUS, Size 3:
Overall dimensions: approx. 4400 x 2060 x 1400/1900 mm
Stroke: approx. 1000 mm
Easy opening
Pneumatic cylinders: 2 pcs.

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