The 16th Annual SPE Thermoforming Conference
and Exhibition will host over 1,000 attendees and
nearly 100 exhibitors at the Nashville Convention Center
in Nashville, Tennessee, September 16-20, 2006. This
show will be a forum for the newest techniques, latest
equipment, materials, auxiliary equipment and current
industry news. The conference will also feature multiple
technical sessions targeting roll-fed and cut-sheet thermoformers.
The following companies will be exhibiting products
for cut-sheet thermoformers. For information and
registration visit www.4spe.org.com.
Expanded Product Line
Advanced Ventures in Technology,
Inc. (AVT) has
expanded its newest thermoforming
introduced a new state-of-theart
pick and place sheet load
and unload system whereby material is lifted from a stack
with vacuum cups, rotated 90º and placed on a shuttle
conveyor; then the sheet is shuttled out, then shuttled
back on a reversing conveyor; a pick and place system
then picks the sheet up once again, rotates it back 90º
and places it back on the stack. The system is said to
increase production by as much as 30%.
AVT, a designer and manufacturer of rotary and single
station pressure thermoforming machines, also sells custom-
made automation systems for all types of thermoforming
equipment. AVT built and installed the world’s
largest rotary thermoforming machine, an automated 70’
x 40’ wide system in use manufacturing thermoformed RV.
AVT and its subsidiary NescCo, are leading designers
and manufacturers of thin and heavy gauge thermoforming
and vacuum forming systems and accessories.
For additional information, contact AVT, 3870 M-61,
Gladwin, MI 48624, 989-246-0445, Fax: 989-246-
0465, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.advven-
SPE Booth #141
Sheet Fed Formers
& 5-Axis Trimmer
MAAC Machinery, a market leader in the manufacturing
of sheet fed thermoforming machines, will be
new features to their Comet and MAAC
product lines at The SPE Thermoforming Conference.
More advanced control systems will allow control of all
machine parameters for the quickest set ups, along with
quick change vacuum, air and water packages, more quick
mold change systems and several advancements in specialty
clamping systems all allowing for faster set ups,
more machine time, as well as creating the ability for our
industry to gain more forming opportunities which may
not have been feasible previously.
MAAC, with their joint partnership with Stopol, will also
be re-introducing their newest product line, the Royce
Router, a 5-axis CNC trimming
machine. The Royce
has been specifically
designed for the
needs of the
sheet fed thermoforming
It offers fast feeds
and speeds, high
quality and reliable
the pace in reliability, repeatability and parts per hour.
Through this same partnership with used machinery
dealer Stopol, MAAC will now offer complete trade-in programs
available for both thermoforming machines and
With additional partnerships and resources, MAAC will
also be offering complete single source turn-key packages,
from thermoforming machines and molds, to trimming
machines and fixtures, also including all automation, auxiliary
equipment and related services.
For additional information, contact Michael Alongi,
MAAC Machinery Corporation, 590 Tower Blvd., Carol
Stream, IL 60188, 800-588-MAAC/630-665-1700, Fax:
630-665-7799, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
SPE Booth #326
Robotic Production Technology (RPT) will show the latest
addition to its family of standard router trimming
systems, the RoboTrim™ RT-500, at the SPE Thermoforming
Conference. The RoboTrim RT-500 is a new pre-engi-
neered router trimming
and knife deflashing system
for the plastics industry.
The RT-500’s increased
part height capability
gives customers the flexibility
to process a variety
of part sizes and shapes.
The system’s speed and
reliability result in more
uptime and higher throughput to consistently deliver more
parts per hour than other trimming methods.
The RT-500’s riser-mounted robot and servo-controlled
rotating table allow it to easily process 60” x 60” x 36”
high parts typical of thermoformers. Longer parts of up to
80” x 36” with shorter heights can also be processed.
RPT will also show the RoboTrim RT-1000 router trimming
solution. The machine is
designed to use one
or two FANUC M-
16iB robots and an
tools – RPT RouterWare – that make the
system easy to use.
Options include addition of a second robot, increased
part height and automatic tool change. The system can
also be used for deflashing by adding the patent-pending
RPT Compliant Knife. Manufacturers can also add the RPT
RouterVAC high volume vacuum system for part hold
down and chip removal and RPT TrimPro offline programming
For additional information, contact Roberta Zald,
Robotic Production Technologies, 1255 Harmon Road,
Auburn Hills, MI 48326, 248-829-2800, Fax: 248-829-
2750, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.rpt.net.
New 3-Axis CNC
Quintax Inc. is expanding its product offering with the
introduction of a line of 3-axis CNC routers engineered
primarily for flat sheet material users in the plastics,
wood and sign industries.
The Quintax Express Series routers are five machine
models with single-tables ranging from 2’x 2’ to 5’x 10’
with Z-axis heights to 5.1 inches.
Spindles available on
the Express Series range from 1.5 to 5 hp and operate up
to 24,000 rpm.
and pinion axis
software. All machines ship assembled and ready for
Quintax manufacturers a complete line of industrial 3-
and 5-axis CNC routers for accurate high-speed trimming,
cutting and shaping of plastics, composites, non-ferrous
metals and wood. Quintax moving table and gantry style
CNC routers are available in a broad range of sizes and
For additional information, contact Eric Kenney,
Quintax, Inc., 4445 Allen Road, Stow, OH 44224, 330-
920-9200, Fax: 330-920-4200, E-mail: sales@quintax
.com, Web: www.quintax.com.
SPE Booth #426
Custom Extruded Sheet
PMC, one of the fastest growing custom plastic extruders
in the Midwest, will be sponsoring and exhibiting
at the SPE Thermoforming Conference.
“We are honored to be a part of the Thermoforming
Conference in Nashville,” said PMC Vice President of Sales
and Marketing Rich Zydonik. “The thermoforming industry
has been one of the major reasons for our tremendous
growth over the past twelve months and we are looking
forward to meeting with our industry friends and contacts
to see how we can continue to help them be successful.”
PMC has added three manufacturing representative
firms to its team in the past three months: Leathertone,
Inc. in the Northeast, Kerry Bone & Associates in the
Southeast, and Boles & Associates in the South and
Lower Midwest. The addition of these firms will allow PMC
to continue to expand its service area.
PMC is a division of Rowmark, Inc., the industry’s leading
manufacturer of signage and engraving materials.
For additional information, contact George Privateer,
PMC, 2040 Industrial Drive, Findlay, OH 45840, 877-
BUY-PMC6/419-425-8974, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.buypmc.com.
SPE Booth #325
5-Axis CNC Router
Thermwood will exhibit the Model 90, an all new 5-axis
CNC router. It targets high speed trimming of threedimensional
parts. Cycle times are dramatically faster, on
some parts twice as fast with its advanced drive, lighter,
stiffer structure and Impact Resistant Head. The new
patented Impact Resistant Head is
lighter, stiffer and yet
reduces or eliminates
is common during
programming and set-up.
The Model 90 has a larger envelope that allows full horizontal
table coverage side to side and front to back.
Mechanical structures were designed using finite element
analysis, a sophisticated CAD technology that scrutinizes
strength, stiffness, deformation and dynamics of the
machine structure. This is used to increase its strength,
stiffness and ultimately performance. All weldments are
stress relieved to further increase strength, stiffness and
provide long term stability and each machine is laser calibrated
to assure accuracy.
The Model 90 represents a new generation of trimming
machine, offering high-speed motions, a large envelope,
resistance to common set-up problems and alignments
capable of running CAD generated programs accurately.
For additional information, contact Cliff Crawford,
Thermwood Corporation, P.O. Box 436, Dale, IN 47523,
800-533-6901/812-937-4476, Fax: 812-937-2956, E-mail:
email@example.com, Web: www.thermwood.com.
SPE Booth #335, also see them at IWF Booth #8826