THERMOFORMING: New Cooling Technology Offers Faster Cycles

System may also permit lower mold temperatures for even faster cycles while reducing the machine’s energy consumption.

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Illig of Heilbronn, Germany (U.S. office in Chester Springs, Pa.) has made a series of enhancements and upgrades to its UA 100Ed thermoforming machines. These include a new concept for part cooling: A central cooling fan installed on top of the forming station aspirates filtered cooling air directly from the plant floor beside the machine (on the right of the accompanying image). The machine also includes a suction hood (shown on the left), so fumes from heated plastics can be discharged in a controlled way.

The result of these modifications, Illig maintains, is shorter cooling times and faster cycles. Moreover, this arrangement frequently permits reduced mold temperature, for even faster cycles while reducing the machine’s energy consumption.

The manually loaded machine has a forming area of 960 × 560 mm.