PMC’s new single station thermoformer, with ten pre-programmed forming techniques and HMI (Human Machine Interface), is now operational. PMC partnered with equipment manufacturer MAAC to build this machine to meet a need for product development and quality control.
The new thermoformer, allows PMC to conduct quality performance testing on their sheet products as part of NPO (New Product Outline) requirements, as well as offer in-process rapid prototyping services for the benefit of thermoformers.
The thermoforming machine is equipped with an adjustable clamp frame and large oven accommodating sheets up to 4 ft by 5 ft (48” x 60”). The oven contains 40 individually controlled zones; with custom heat, cooling, platen delay/return and air eject settings, the user is able to have better product control and forming versatility. Motorized platens ensure fluid, consistent movement and positioned feedback, while quartz element heat ensures excellent energy efficiency, quicker heating time and retention.
Additionally, PMC’s new thermoformer is specially engineered with a laser sag eye “recording” feature that tracks the amount of sheet sag in relation to time on each thermoforming run. This plotted data saved over time within the machine’s system allows PMC to chart and compare the performance of different materials and build consistency from run to run.