Specifically designed for reel feed packaging applications, Formech’s TF series represents a cost effective and compact alternative to high speed in-line machines.
Capable of processing reel materials up to 1.8mm and sheet materials up to 6mm, with plug assist as standard the TF is a highly versatile machine.
From chocolate trays to automotive interiors Formech’s TF series can adapt to a diverse number of applications. Series 2 advancements include ‘FCV’ (Formech Cycle View) control interface with 10” high resolution touch-screen. Machine cycle status is clearly visible at a glance and all parameters can be adjusted in real time without interrupting the current cycle. By working closely with HD customers all over the world Formech has developed an intuitive, graphically driven interface suitable for operators at all experience levels.
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Assembly to hold reel materials.
Pneumatically powered plug assist forces the heated material into the tool cavities to increase the thickness of material at the bottom of the cavities.
Ceramic heaters are well suited for high volume production when heaters are engaged for long periods and constant temperature must be maintained.
Sixteen heating zones provide rapid heat response with a greater range of control to form challenging shapes and materials.
Heavy duty pneumatically powered heater travel provides precise and rapid heater deployment, whilst braking prevents element damage.
Pneumatically powered clamping system that provides powerful and effortless control.
Precise table speed control.
Table height adjust shortens the tool table travel when using shallow tools and reduces cycle time.
Pre-stretch enables the user to pump air into the heated sheet, creating a bubble to avoid thinning of material with deeper tools.
Avoids material sag during the heating cycle and maintains an even distance between heater and sheet whilst providing the user with an audible indication the material is ready to form.
Precisely regulates vacuum flow rate when a greater level of control is required with demanding applications.
A vacuum tank that provides instant stored vacuum, for high demanding materials and shortening cycle times.
A visual indication of consistent vacuum and pressure being applied (pressure in Hg / bar).
Protects users from accidental injury by halting all mechanical actions when light curtain is broken.
Overhead gantry and twin 550W fans to cool formed material and shorten cycles times.
The silicone ‘O’ ring is inserted into a milled recess that runs all around the edge of the forming aperture. The plastic sheet is then placed on top of the seal and the clamping frame is brought down to clamp the material tightly as the ‘O’ ring is compressed.
Any part of a vacuum forming that is formed below the height of the aperture plate rather than above the aperture plate is referred to as a female or negative forming. If using a reel feed the formed female/negative items will catch on the right hand side of the table box unless there is a negative gate that can descend to allow the material to travel through the machine.
Reduces forming area to utilise smaller sheets of material and minimise wastage. Standard or custom size.
Spray mist is combined with cooling fan systems (when fitted) to shorten cooling time.
A water cooled plate to directly cool and regulate aluminium tool temperature for consistent and faster cycle times.
Sensor to provide accurate sheet temperature feedback and send heaters back upon reaching target temperature (except on the 686 and 1372 where it gives a digital readout). Emergency air storage tank supplies cooling continuity on shut-down to protect pyrometer.
Sensor to provide accurate sheet temperature feedback and initiate mould release upon reaching target temperature.
Top and bottom heaters to form demanding materials and decrease cycle times (16 zones top heater, 10 zones bottom heater).
Additional cooling power that cools formed material and reduces cycle times and cool.
This feature can be used for more demanding applications, where multiple position and speed control descent to the millimetre can be achieved consistently.
This feature has the same accuracy and control as the servo electric plug assist where speed control assent and descent to the millimetre can be achieved consistently.
Individual thermocouples are embedded in ceramic elements in order to provide full temperature feedback (PID - proportional–integral–derivative controller). The operator can set each heating element to the desired temperature which will then be displayed on the touch screen.
Quartz heaters have the benefit of a rapid response and high efficiency resulting in time and energy savings.
The supervisor of the machine can choose and determine a level of access for the different operators.
Front of clamp frame opens followed by the rear to allow deeper formings to be transported through the machine
A consumable parts kit typically including seals, elements, filter, fuses, toggle clamps.
“We purchased a Formech TF686 forming machine to support our R&D activities for one of our prominent multinational customers. Upon delivery, Formech provided on-site setup & training. Any additional support needs we had were quickly met and the staff always endeavoured to respond quickly to any queries. On a whole, our experience with Formech was a pleasant & professional one.”
Nick Fenlon - Tegan, Ireland
“We had an old machine from 1963 for our prototype workshop. It was time to change so we first made some tests with Formech machines and after close evaluation we finally selected the Formech TF750 with Negative feature. The settings are quite easy and reproducible and tool change is fast. We especially like the automatic mode for small series of hundreds of parts. After one year, we are now in the process of buying another TF in the group. ”
Benoît Blum, Technical Manager - CGL PACK, France