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VPW - Vertical CNC Wire Contour

Vertical Wire Contour

The VPW is a vertical wire profile saw typically used in the furniture and upholstery industry for contour cutting polyurethanes, flexible foams and non-woven fiber products. When processing vertically dust is minimized by the downward pull of gravity and the extreme speeds at which the wire powers through foam. Additionally the VPW is a highly cost effect system versus a blade contour machine especially for processing fiber which the machine can process at speeds within range of blade contour machines.

  • Overview
  • Standard Features
  • Optional Features
  • Technical Specifications
  • Floor Space Required


ESCO’s VPW (short for Vertical ProfileMatic Wire) is a high speed vertical contour cutting foam saw that utilizes an abrasive cutting wire. This vertical profile cutter is able cut a wide range of materials including flexible and rigid polyurethanes, expanded polystyrene (EPS) as well as non-woven fiber products. Shop dust is kept to a minimum due to gravity, the downward cutting action and extreme speed of the cutting wire.

Cutting Non-Woven products

ESCO’s VPW vertical CNC contour saw excels at processing large volumes of non-woven fibers. Furniture fabricators are able to cut stacks of sheets up to 900mm tall (36”).

The main benefits to using a cutting wire over a blade for processing non-woven fiber products are simplicity of the machinery, less maintenance and the cost of the machinery. Using a blade to process non-woven requires a very sharp blade and a blade sharpening system to maintain the edge. Additionally, the cost of the components of a blade contour machine used to manage turning the blade are quite costly. A blade profile machines can cost 50% (or more) than an abrasive wire cutting machine, require more finesse to operate and more care to maintain.

The cons of a wire contour machine versus a blade machine are the cut quality and maximum cutting speeds. For most fabricators the cut quality issue is negligible as the cut shapes of fiber are typically glued to foam and covered with fabrics. Speed is rarely an issue as the VPW is able to keep more than one operator busy unloading while the machine is processing near full speed.

Common Applications

Furniture, upholstery, packaging, medical, sleep / mattress, marine

Commonly Processed Materials

Flexible polyurethanes, high resilience foams [HR Foam], non-woven fibers, cellulose foams, flexible foam, crosslinked PU, EPS, rigid PU foams

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VPW Specifications [Downloadable PDF][Opens in New Window]

  • PC based operator terminal
  • Industrial handheld remote control
  • Air-conditioned main control panel
  • Siemens CNC Motion Controls
  • ESCODraw Standard
  • Air-conditioned PC Terminal
  • ESCODraw PRO - Includes advanced nesting software and cut path generator
  • Dust Collection System
  • Nesting Display System - Large format display for use with unloading complex multipart nested layouts
  • 12 FT Positioning infeed conveyor

Operator Controls

  • PLC Control with PC Interface
  • Controls mounted on a freestanding pedestal

Power Requirements

  • 380/500VAC 3-Phase 50-60HZ
  • Clean, Dry compressed air
  • Optional electrics available. Contact your salesperson today.
VPW Model Specifications
VPW 36-60 VPW 36-88 VPW 50-88
Cutting Height 36 IN [914 MM] 36 IN [914 MM] 50 IN [1270 MM]
Cutting Width 60 IN [1524 MM] 88 IN [2235 MM] 88 IN [2235 MM]
Cutting Speed [MAX] 65 FT/MIN [20 M/MIN] 65 FT/MIN [20 M/MIN] 65 FT/MIN [20 M/MIN]
Floor Space Required
Overall Width 204 IN [5182 MM] 276 IN [7010 MM] 276 IN [7010 MM]
Overall Length 270 IN [6858 MM] 270 IN [6858 MM] 270 IN [6858 MM]
Maximum Height 90 IN [2286 MM] 90 IN [2286 MM] 110 IN [2794 MM]
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