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Thermoforming machines.

ADVANCED VENTURES IN TECHNOLOGY, INC.

Machine type: Single-station & twin former, sheet-fed

Mold size range: 2 x 2 to 16 x 18 ft

Max. depth of draw: 15 to 48 in.

Trim: Cut-in-place and robotic trim Cells

Sheet thickness range: Up to 0.5 in.

Applications: Prototyping; low-to medium-volume production.

Features: Plug assist, trap-sheet forming ability, quick-change tooling and clamp frame options.

Machine type: Rotary, sheet-fed

No. of stations: 2 to 6

Mold size range: 2 x 2 to 16 x 18 ft

Max. depth of draw: 15 x 48 in.

Applications: Medium- to high-volume industrial parts.

Features: Plug assist, trap-sheet forming ability.

BROWN MACHINE LLC

Machine type: Single-station & twin former, sheet-fed

Forming area range: 3 x 4 to 12 x 26 ft

Max. depth of draw: 10 to 40 in.

Trim: Off-line

Applications: Customized, heavy-gauge industrial (e.g., automotive) parts.

Features: Heavy-duty construction, PC controls, pressure-forming optional.

Machine type: In-line, direct extruder feed or roll stock

Forming area range: 24 x 25 to 50 x 60 in.

Max. depth of draw: 12 in.

Trim: In-line with optional steel-rule trim station

Applications: Packaging, including disposable items and blister packs.

Features: Servo-driven, heavy-duty construction.

Machine type: Rotary, sheet-fed

Forming area range: 3 x 4 to 12 x 26 ft.

Max. depth of draw: 40-in.

Stations: 3 or 4 (latter with 1 or 2 ovens).

Applications: Large industrial (e.g., appliance, automotive) parts.

Features: Pressure-forming option, some models designed for twin-sheet forming, one all-electric twin-sheet model.

CANNON U.S.A.

Machine type: In-line

Models: Autoform, Linearform

Max. mold area: 40 x 30 to 8 x 5 ft

Max. depth of draw: 24 in.

Trim: Guillotine

Sheet thickness range: 0.040 to 0.360 in.

Applications: Automotive, refrigeration, general forming

Features: Pneumatic, servo, or hydraulic movements; pressure forming and twin sheet capable; runs at 120 cycles/hr.

Machine type: Single-station & twin Former

Model: Powerform

Forming area range: 15 x 8 ft to 40 x 30

Trim method: Generally off-line CNC Trim

Applications: Automotive, refrigeration, sanitary ware, aerospace.

Features: Choice of IR heating methods, including high-speed halogen; fast tool change; pressure-forming and twin-sheet capable.

Options: Full servo control of movements and process functions.

FORMECH INC.

Machine type: Single-station, sheet-fed

Forming area range: 10 x 12 to 60 x 40 in.

Applications: Prototype to large industrial (automotive, display) parts

Features: Fast set-up, compact, spray mist and turbo-cooling.

GABLER THERMOFORM GMBH & CO. KG

Machine type: Single-station & in-line, roll-fed

Models: Varius, D600, M92, Swing

Max. Mold area: 39.3 x 35.1 in.

Max. depth of draw: 8 in.

Trim: Integrated trim & stack

Applications: PP, HDPE packaging

Features: Servo-driven plug assist, all-electric & ceramic heaters.

Options: Integrated cup/lid line.

GEISS THERMOFORMING USA

Machine type: Single-station, sheet- or roll-fed

Heat source: Halogen or ceramic

Max. platen size: 69 x 59 in.

Applications: Packaging, in-mold labels

Features: Closed chamber design provides continuous control of sheet heating, sagging and stretching. Halogen elements shorten response time and eliminate need for pre-heating. Fully adjustable quickmold-change system.

GN THERMOFORMING EQUIPMENT

Machine type: In-line, roll-fed

Max. forming area: 12.6 x 5.9 to 45 x 32 in.

Max. depth of draw: 5 in.

Sheet thickness range: 0.006 to 0.040 in.

Applications: High-output packaging

Features: contact heating on most models, servo-driven platen, small footprint, runs up to 24,000 parts/hr.

Options: Photo-scan registration.

ILLIG LP

Machine type: In-line, roll-fed

Models: FM/RDM series

Max. forming area: 38 to 120 x 81 in.

Max. depth of draw: 1.2 to 6 in.

Trim: Trim-in-place

Applications: Packaging, industrial parts

Features: Mechanical cam-type platen drive, ceramic heaters, water cooling, numerous application-specific configurations.

Machine type: Single-station, sheet-fed

Models: UA, UAT series

Max. forming area: 27 x 39 to 98 x 59 in.

Max depth of draw: 12 to 27.5 in.

Applications: Packaging

Features: Stationary clamp frame, pneumatic platen drive, ceramic heaters, some models offer electric indexing.

IRWIN RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, INC.

Machine type: In-line, roll-fed

Sheet width range: 30 to 52 in.

Max. depth of draw: 6 in.

Applications: Packaging from APET, CPET, OPS, HIPS, and PS foam sheet.

Features: Servo-driven, 48 thermocouple zones, third motion capable for deepdraw, uniform wall parts. Some versions specially tailored for PS foam.

KIEFEL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Machine type: Single-station, sheet- or roll-fed

Models: KL, KMD, KMV series

Max. depth of draw: 5.5 to 22-in

Applications: Packaging

Features: Stationary clamp frame, quartz heaters, air or water cooling, offers specialized laboratory and appliance-liner equipment.

Machine type: In-line, roll-fed

Models: KMD, KLS, KS series

Max. forming area: 20 x 16 to 78 x 40 in.

Max. depth of draw: 5 to 18 in.

Trim: Trim-in-place

Applications: industrial, automotive, appliance liners

Features: Ceramic heaters, water and air cooling, largest units have electric platen & indexing drives; most units have pressure-forming as option.

LYLE INDUSTRIES, INC.

Machine type: In-line, roll-fed

Models: FM series

Max. mold area: 20 x 20 to 62 x 100 in.

Max. depth of draw: 6 in. & deeper draws

Trim: Punch & die

Applications: High-output packaging for APET, PS, PP, HDPE

Features: Servo-driven with digital indexing; capable of 100 psi pressure forming; PC-controlled oven zones.

Machine type: In-line, roll-fed

Models: FMT series

Max. mold area: 25 x 25 to 40 x 40 in.

Max. depth of draw: 6 in.

Trim: Integrated trim & stack

Applications: Low- to medium-run industrial parts

Features: Space-saving clamshell oven up to 200-in. long; sprocketless, high-strength chain rails; servo controlled trim.

MAAC MACHINERY CORP.

Machine type: Single-station & twin former, sheet fed

Forming area range: 4 x 3 to 10 x 20 ft

Max. sheet thickness: 0.5 in.

Trim: Cut-in-place or separate press

Applications: Low- to mid-volume heavy-gauge products

Features: Electric drive, customizable, pressure-forming and plug-assist capabilities.

Options: Quick mold change.

Machine type: Rotary, sheet-fed

No. of stations: 3 or 4

Forming area range: 4 x 3 to 10 x 20 ft

Max. depth of draw: 70 in.

Max. sheet thickness: 0.5 in.

Applications: Mid- to high-volume runs of heavy-gauge parts

Features: Electric drive, plug-assist and twin-sheet capability, tailored for specific target cycle times.

MODERN MACHINERY OF BEAVERTON, INC.

Machine type: Single-station & twin former, sheet-fed (inlines)

Forming area range: 16 x 16 to 120 x 240 in.

Depth of draw range: 6 to 48 in.

Trim method: Off-line robotic trim

Applications: Appliance, automotive, agriculture, recreation, medical products.

Features: Industrial PC machine Windows controls, ceramic or quartz heaters, electric platen drive.

Options: Four-way adjustable clamp frame, auto sheet loader, servo sheet car.

Machine type: Rotary, sheet-fed

Forming area range: 24 x 24 to 144 x 144 in.

Max. depth of draw: 6 to 48 in.

No. of stations: 3 to 4

Trim: Off-line robotic trim

Applications: Heavy-gauge appliance, automotive, agricultural, recreational, medical products.

Features: Twin-sheet capable, electric platen drive, Industrial PC Windows controls, 4-way adjustable clamp frame.

Machine type: In-line

Max. depth of draw: 2 to 14 in.

Trim: In-line or off-line

Applications: Appliance, automotive, medical, packaging

Features: Servo-drive, power unwind, stacker, Industrial PC Windows controls, ceramic or quartz heaters, water cooling.

OMV-USA MACHINE DIV.

Machine type: In-line, extruder-fed

Forming area range: 2 x 9 to 57 X 60 in.

Max. depth of draw: 9 in.

Output capacity: Up to 3700 lb/hr of finished product

Applications: PP; drink cups, dairy tubs, lids; APET; styrene

Features: Small footprint; excellent product wall distribution and top-load strength; specialized lid systems offered; patented rim rolling inline with automatic parts handling.

PLASTI-VAC INC,

Machine type: Single-station & twin former, sheet-fed

Forming area range: Single-station, 48 x 72 to 240 x 120 in.; twin former, 48 x 48 to 120 x 240 in.

Max. depth of draw: Single-station, 26 to 60 in.; twin former, 26 to 54 in.

Applications: High-speed production of medium- and high-volume parts

Features: Sandwich heaters, hydraulic platen drive, plug-assist option.

SENCORP INC.

Machine type: In-line, roll-fed

Max. mold area: 19 x 23 to 50 x 50 in.

Max. depth of draw: 11 in.

Sheet thickness range: 0.080 to 0.100 in.

Features: Ceramic or quartz heaters; vacuum or pressure forming; plug-assist; hydraulic, pneumatic or servo-driven press; cut-in-place, separate in-machine trim or separate trim; up-stacking, down-stacking, count stacking, push-off stacking, robotic parts removal; quick-change tooling.

SHUMAN CO. PLASTIC THERMOFORMING SYSTEMS DIV.

Machine type: Single-station & twin former, sheet-fed

Mold size range: 4 x 4 to 10 x 30 ft

Max. depth of draw: 38 in.

Max. sheet thickness: 0.5 in.

Applications: Industrial parts and packaging; some models tailored for signs, spas

Features: Hydraulic platen drive, vacuum and pressure forming capabilities, gas heat and auto load/unload available.

Machine type: In-line, sheet-fed

No. of stations: 3 or 4

Max. mold area: 8 x 9 ft

Max. depth of draw: 45 in.

Max. sheet thickness: 0.187-in.

Applications: baths and tubs

Features: Vacuum former, hydraulic or electric platen drive.

THERMOFORMING SYSTEMS LLC

Machine type: In-line, extruder- or roll-fed

Max. mold area: 35 x 60 to 52 x 60 in.

Max. depth of draw: 5 to 9 in.

Sheet thickness range: 0.15 to 0.8-in.

Max. extruder output: 5500 lb/hr

Trim: Separate press

Applications: High-output packaging

Features: Pressure-forming capability, servo-driven plug assist, auto stacker, quartz heaters.

Options: Quick tool change.

Machine type: Rotary, extruder-fed

Max .forming area: 35 x 52 in.

Max. depth of draw: 2 in.

Max. extruder output: 2500 lb/hr

Stations: 8 to 12

Max. sheet thickness: 0.5 in.

Applications: Mid- to high-volume runs

Features: All-servo-driven, water cooling

Options: Quick-change tool kit.

ZED INDUSTRIES, INC.

Machine type: In-line, roll-fed

Models: 300 Series

Forming area range: 17 x 21 to 30 x 36 in.

Max. depth of draw: 6 to 10 in.

Trim: Hydraulic die cutter/stacker or in-mold trim on certain models

Applications: Blisters, trays, bowls, lids, other packaging

Features: Pressure-forming capability available, one model for low-pressure (25 psi) forming, PLC controls and servo-driven pin chains on some models.

Machine type: In-line, roll-fed

Models: SC (Self-Compensating Seal) series

Forming area range: 22 x 22 to 30 x 48 in. & custom sizes

Trim: Built-in trim press

Features: 100-psi pressure-forming capability, four-post form and trim presses, Windows-based PC controls with color touchscreen. Platen-lock system compensates for variations in tool height without shims. Cool-blow system speeds cycles.

Machine type: In-line, roll-fed

Models: Cam-Form series

Forming area range: 12 x 3 to 14 x 3.5 in.

Max. depth of draw: 4 to 5 in.

Trim: Built-in punch-and-die press

Applications: High-volume packaging, blisters, bowls, trays, and lids

Features: Very high-speed (40+ cycles/ rain) pressure forming; all-servo-driven.

Machine type: Single-station, sheet- or roll-fed

Models: HG (Heavy Gauge) series

Forming area range: 36 x 36 to 60 x 72 in.

Applications: Prototyping and industrial production

Features: Pressure-forming capability, Windows-based controls with color touchscreen and job set-up storage.

Machine type: Single-station, sheet- or roll-fed

Models: L & G series

Forming area range: 14 x 15 to 30 x 36 in.

Max. depth of draw: 5 to 18 in.

Applications: Prototyping, laboratory use.

Features: Pressure-forming capability on some models, benchtop and stand-alone versions; benchtop model needs no compressed air.

Z.M.D. INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Machine type: Single-station & twin former, sheet-fed

Models: V-200, HD 300, HT-400, TWR-900 series

Forming area range: 24 x 36 to 96 x 60 in.

Max. depth of draw: 24 in.

Applications: Packaging, industrial, and consumer products

Features: Ceramic heaters, pressure forming capability on some models, tool change within 10 min, clamp-frame setup change in 5 min. Energy-management software said to save 60%. Photoelectric sensor monitors sheet sag. Color screen display. Lower-cost Tower series has no top platen (plug assist) or top heater. Twin formers available in front-to-back or side-to-side configuration.

Machine type: Single-station & twin former, sheet- or roll-fed

Models: V-200, HD 300, HT-400, VJR, TWR-900 series

Forming area range: 24 x 24 to 96 x 60 in.

Max. depth of draw: 6 to 24 in.

Applications: Packaging, industrial, and consumer products

Features: Ceramic heaters, pressure forming capability on some models, tool change within 10 min, clamp-frame set-up change in 5 min. Energy-management software said to save 60%. Photoelectric sensor monitors sheet sag. Color screen display. Lower-cost Tower series has no top platen (plug assist) or top heater. Twin formers available in front-to-back or side-to-side configuration.

Machine type: Single-station

Model: IMD Graphic V-222DHCG

Forming area: 24 x 36 in.

Max. depth of draw: 6 to 24 in.

Applications: Preformed in-mold decorating inserts

Features: Designed especially for polycarbonate films. Top and bottom heaters, temperature control to [+ or -] 2[degrees]F, safety light curtain, soft vacuum capability for minimum film stretch, PC control, and modem communications.

Machine type: Twin former, sheet-fed

Models: PSI 3D Laminator, Model 859DS

Forming area: 50 x 101 in.

Max. depth of draw: 24 in.

Sheet thickness range: Up to 0.250 in. Applications: Laminating plastic overlay onto wood for cabinets, furniture, store fixtures, and signs

Features: Pressure forming capability, non-contact IR temperature sensing, PC control with recipe storage, modem communications. Handles PVC, acrylic, PVC/ acrylic alloy, PP, transfer foils, wood-grain foils.

Machine type: In-line, roll-fed

Models: KIS-700 series

Forming area: 24 x 24 in:

Max. depth of draw: 6 in.

Applications: Continuous production

Features: Ceramic heaters, color CRT display, plug-assist and pressure-forming capability; tool change within 10 min. Energy-management software said to save 60%. Photoelectric sensor monitors sheet sag. Optional pneumatic slicing table.
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Date:Oct 1, 2006
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