Advanced Ventures in Technology Inc. has sold a single-station thermoforming machine to Sub-Zero Freezer Co. of Madison, Wis., which makes high-end refrigerators and wine storage products.
Sub-Zero Freezer will use the equipment, which uses the pressure forming process, to make interior refrigerator door panels.
AVT said the machine's forming area measures 5 feet by 8 feet.
In other news, AVT has introduced automation for handling sheet. The pick-and-place equipment loads and unloads sheet by lifting the sheet from a stack, using vacuum cups, rotating it 90 degrees and placing the sheet on a shuttle conveyor. The sheet is shuttled out of the thermoforming machine and moved back on a reversing conveyor, then the equipment picks the sheet up again, rotates it back 90 degrees and places it on the stack.
Gladwin, Mich.-based AVT said the automation can boost production as much as 30 percent over manual operations.
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