ORLANDO, FLA. (April 19, 10:05 a.m. ET) — Marking 60 years of thermoforming innovation, Brown Machine LLC has introduced its newest Quad machine, with 180 tons of coining force, 260 tons of maximum station strength and virtually no platen deflection, said Jim Robbins, vice president of sales and marketing.
The form station's design incorporates a 20 percent safety factor in even the most demanding coining applications and a 30 percent service life factor, Robbins said at NPE2012, held April 1-5 in Orlando.
Brown Machine developed the CS-5454SP model for demonstration without material at NPE2012. The engineering design was completed in September and metalwork on the machine began in November.
The big Quad machine was loaded on two trucks March 19 at Brown's Beaverton, Mich., headquarters and plant, and it reached Orlando on March 23.
A previous version introduced at NPE2009 generated sufficient response over three years for placement in 30 applications with a range of materials, Robbins said.
The new machine incorporates intelligent Smart control software with a forming process display, a help menu feature, automatic systems and trending information, capability for quick recalibration with a servo-actuated head adjustment and other features.
Balanced oven profiling allows materials to be heated on a more consistent basis, and adjustable upper and lower water-cooled plates at the oven in-feed eliminate residual tunnel-effect heating, according to the company.
A new rail assembly design increases flexibility, rigidity and stability with less tension. The addition of hinge points along the index rails allows material to be repositioned easily and eliminates tension of the chain and chain slides.
Without additional cost in its “life success” technical service and customer support program, Brown Machine offers a training-for-life opportunity for buyers of new machines.
Each buyer can obtain access to one-day training sessions at the plant in Beaverton. Three levels of classes are offered. That program continues to include the service-for-life aspect for Brown Machine customers.
Brown Machine, which employs 150 people and operates out of 150,000 square feet of space in Beaverton, will be celebrating 60 years of business this summer.
Spell Capital Partners LLC of Minneapolis owns Brown Machine. Bryan Redman is president.