Thermoforming machines at K'95 will turn out packaging and products much larger than before, such as shower stalls. As with the other processes, the K thermoforming buzzwords - whatever the language - will include speed, automation and flexibility:
ZMD International Inc. (Hall 9, Stand B12) will show nine new pieces of vacuum forming-related equipment, including a fully automated working cell making a shower base, and another machine that maintains 100 tons of force between the platens.
ZMD's AVFC (which stands for Automatic Vacuum, Forming Center) has a six-axis robot that loads flat sheet into the machine, trims the part and unloads it, then stacks the finished products.
Another new ZMD machine, an in-line vacuum former, measures 24 by 24 inches with a 24-inch plug assist and costs less than $30,000.
U.S.-based ZMD also will show an automatic, computer-controlled trimmer for bathtub production, priced at less than $20,000. Other new products include robots for vacuum forming and glass-fiber reinforcement, a plastic welder and a computer-controlled dryer for polycar-bonate.
Adolph Illig Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. (Hall 9, Stand H22) will show a new sheet processing machine and a full-scale production line forming polypropylene margarine cups.
The sheet machine's forming area measures 38 inches by 58 inches. Equipped with a pneumatically powered forming table, the machine can process parts as large as 2 feet high.
A modular design is made to be expanded easily with additional equipment, such as automatic sheet loading and preheating stations.
A roll-fed pressure forming machine, the RDM 70 K, forms, punches, tilts and stacks in one cycle. A mechanical drive system provides high output rates, according to the company.
The production line will show a new roll preheater and a granulator.
T.F.T. srl, a unit of Meico srl (Hall 11, Stand B11), will show the new FCS 720 HS, a three-station thermoformer that makes food packaging and small industrial items, at speeds up to 40 cycles a minute.
All four parts of the machine were redesigned (the heating unit, forming station, cutting station and stacking unit), according to the company, which is based in Italy.
Stauch Merva-System GmbH & Co. KG (Hall 11, Stand A10) will show the new generation of its Merva-System vacuum forming presses, first introduced at K'92.
The machine is designed for molding polyester parts, using either cold press molding or hot press molding. The company is from Germany.