Vac-Forming Unlimited Inc. has bought a new servomotor-driven PVE 64 thermoforming machine from OMG srl of Givoletto, Italy, near Turin.
OMG's NPE2012 exhibit displayed the machine, which has a 32-by-32-inch bed and, in its last section, an adaptable universal up-or-down stacker.
The fully electric PVE 64 exited the Orlando show floor on a truck April 10 and arrived April 13 at Vac-Forming in Central Falls, R.I. The machine should be operational by late May, said Joseph Marquez, Vac-Forming's owner, in a post-show telephone interview.
“The machine has European technology,” OMG sales manager Mauro Simonetti said April 4 at NPE2012 in Orlando. A user can control the stroke and economically use a smaller mold for small parts.
“Recently, we sold one of our older machines, a 1998 Armac, and we needed a replacement,” Marquez said.
Vac-Forming acquired other OMG thermoforming machines in 2004, 2006 and 2009. The first two were PVE 42 models with 26-by- 26-inch beds, and the 2009 acquisition was Vac-Forming's first PVE 64.
Simonetti noted other OMG orders. Recently, OMG delivered a PVE 42 thermoforming machine to an undisclosed customer in the Netherlands and is proceeding with plans to supply a PVE 64 to a customer in Madrid, Colombia, in July. OMG is manufacturing a larger, custom-made PVE thermoformer for a customer in Reading, Pa.
“Over l1 years, 90 percent of our business has been outside Italy,” Simonetti said. In the U.S. market, the company has delivered 20 machines over 20 years, Simonetti said.
OMG employs 30 in a 53,000-square-foot facility. Severino Fretta founded OMG in 1965. Now, a son, Roberto Fretta, is co-owner, president and chief engineer.
Vac-Forming's relationship with OMG started with Severino Fretta, Marquez recalled. “They have grown quite a bit,” he said.
Marquez said Vac-Forming anticipates 2012 sales of about $3 million, up about $2.5 million in 2011.
With a current focus on products for the cosmetic and pesticide industries, Vac-Forming operates with “diversity in our equipment and customers,” Marquez said.
“We don't like to outsource orders to competitors,” he said. “We have never done that in 20 years.”
At the same time, “we have been ahead of the game, and we do a lot of work for our competition,” Marquez said. Vac-Forming's geographic core regions are the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, but its business also includes customers in Texas and Michigan.
In addition to thermoforming work, Vac-Forming's business involves use of APM off-line die-cutting equipment.
Vac-Forming's seasonal employment ranges from 14-27. The firm operates a two-level, 50,000-square-foot facility. Marquez said space limitations force Vac-Forming to operate efficiently.
On the learning side while at NPE2012, Marquez spent some time analyzing new blow molding technologies and bag-making equipment. “Very informative,” he said.