THERMOFORMING: Faster, ‘Greener’ & More Compact Machine at Fakuma Show

All-servo-driven former saves energy.

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At October’s Fakuma 2014 show in Germany, Geiss AG (U.S. office in Durham, Conn.) showed off a prototype T10 single-station thermoformer with numerous upgrades and enhancements. The machine has 1500 x 1000 mm forming area with 620 mm draw depth. It is now driven entirely by Siemens servomotors—no more pneumatics. It is also 500-mm shorter than previous models for the same sheet size, and up to 60% faster in dry cycle.

According to sales and IT manager Klaus-Peter Welsch, “This is the greenest machine we have ever built.” He pointed to the energy savings from the servo drives, as well as heaters that turn on only when they are over the sheet—a feature made possible by the very fast response of the halogen heaters. These improvements, he said, are expected to make little difference in the machine price.