A look behind the scenes at VDL Wientjes.

Trotec Laser visits regularly customers and the next visit was to VDL Wientjes, where we were warmly welcomed. VDL Wientjes is one oft he largest plastic processors in the Netherlands. They are located in Roden. Reinier Aukema (Engineer at VDL Wientjes in Roden) made time to show us around and tell us about their business and for which they use the various Trotec laser machines. A special look behind the scenes at a high-tech company where the sober 'north' mentality prevails.

About VDL Wientjes

VDL Wientjes was founded in 1909 en is since 2005 an independent company within the VDL Groep. The company now consists of a team of more than 60 people. VDL Wientjes develops, produces and assembles various plastic products from PE, PP, POM to PMMA and polycarbonate. The operations are carried out with various systems within their machine park, from vacuum forming, cnc milling and turning, to welding and laser engraving. The core of the activities of VDL Wientjes in Roden is the development and production of plastic products, especially for customers in the medical industry or automotive industry. "We have many European customers, but we see our products all over the world," says Reinier Aukema (Engineer, VDL Wientjes Roden).

The challenge

During the guided tour we saw three different Trotec laser machines in operation, two Speedy 400 laser machines and one Speedy 100 of no less than 16 years old. Reinier Aukema explains why they chose laser technology: "We chose laser technology, because we were considered due to traceability requirements to laser engrave codes on the plastic parts that we produce. So we mainly use the laser machines for engraving tasks, it includes both textual codes and dates as well as matting plastics ".

The Trotec solution

During the purchasing decision, we chose as the first laser for a Trotec laser machine, because we demand constant engraving quality at high speed. This can be offered by the Trotec laser system. Our distinctive character is that we can offer the highest quality, which also includes an appropriate When purchasing the other lasers, the choice became even simpler because we wanted a copy of the first laser in the event of a failure, so that the workflow did not have to be adjusted, as we had written our own software for the laser machines. we have an automatic program for every application that the laser user can use.In total about 10 different people work with the laser machines, but through our automated software the end result is always the same.We hope to be able to run production for a long time with our Trotec laser systems "says Reinier Aukema.

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