THERMOFORMING: Thermoforming Spotlight
DMS CNC Routers
introduced their latest
model – the
with a 12’ x 5’
table which can
be used in a single or twin table
configuration with 4’ of Z axis stroke.
Spindles are available in either double-ended
or tool change style with a wide range of hp. Fagor
controls with TCP/IP network connection, flash memory card
and remote telediagnostics are standard.
The entire line of DMS enclosed 5-axis machines range
in sizes from 3’ x 3’ to 12’ x 12’ single and twin shuttle
table configurations. All axes are driven by state–of-theart
brushless AC servo motors and digital drives. Twelve
position traveling servo driven tool changers feature 10-
second tool changes.
For additional information, contact Denny Brazelton,
Premier Tech Products, Inc. at 330-923-3125 or Jeff
Stein, Creative Machine Technology, Inc. at 330-923-
2154. Or visit their website at www.5axiscncrouter.com.
Thin Gauge Plastic Sheet
Ensinger announced that they are now stocking
TECAPEEK™ 2’ x 4’ thin gauge sheet available in .040”,
.080”, .093”, .118”, .187” thicknesses as well as sizes in
between by request. TECAPEEK™ has excellent properties
for use in general industry, electronics, semi conductor,
marine, automotive, and aerospace.
Tecapeek™ offers exceptional heat, chemical, dielectric,
wear, radiation, and mechanical properties. It also has
superior wear resistance and dimensional stability.
Ensinger, headquartered in Washington, Pa., is a world
leader in engineering stock shape plastics.
For additional information, contact customer service,
Ensinger Industries, 365 Meadowlands Blvd., Washington,
PA 15301, 800-243-3221/724-746-6050, Fax: 724-746-
9209, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheet Sample Kit
Kleerdex Co. LLC, offers its updated
KYDEX® sheet sample kit produced
specifically for thermoforming processing.
Each kit includes general
information about the more than
30 grades of KYDEX thermoplastic
sheet available to
thermoformers and fabricators.
The kit includes a
Product Selection Guide,
which details the physical
properties of each product, as
well as suggested applications, product highlights, production
capability and environmental and safety considerations.
Sample chip chains with product thickness specifications
in a variety of textures, colors and product grades,
including wood grain, metallic and fluorescent, also are
included. Specific application kits are also available upon
KYDEX sheet is a premier thermoforming material offering
numerous processing advantages such as extreme
formability, hot tear strength and the ability to maintain
uniform wall thickness.
For additional information, contact Customer Service,
Kleerdex Company, 6685 Low Street, Bloomsburg, PA
17815, 800-325-3133/570-389-5810, Fax: 570-387-
7786, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.kydex.com.
Next Generation Robotic
Router Trimming System
and knife trimming
1002 – the latest in KMT’s line of cost-effective, turnkey
robotic router trimming systems that help thermoformers,
plastics molders and composite manufacturers increase
throughput, uptime and employee safety.
The system not only trims parts more than 50 percent
faster than traditional five axis CNC’s but also offers substantial
trimming flexibility, saving manufacturers valuable
time and money. The ergonomic design also improves
employee safety by distancing operators from the potentially
harmful trimming environment.
The standard model features a robot mounted inside a
steel enclosure. The system’s two-sided rotating table has
a 1,000 pound part and fixture capacity and can rotate 3
foot by 5 foot (and sometimes longer and narrower) parts
into and out of the cell in less than three seconds. This
allows finished parts to be safely unloaded by the operator
while unfinished parts are being trimmed inside the
cell. Manufacturers can also customize the system by
adding a variety of optional features including a second
robot, KMT’s patented compliant knife or the automatic
tool change option and others.
For additional information, contact Suzanne Carter,
KMT Robotic Solutions, Inc., 1255 Harmon Road, Auburn
Hills, MI 48326, 248-829-2800, Fax: 248-829-2750,
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.kmtgroup.com.
Lenzkes Clamping Tools Inc. offers clamping systems for
all kinds of manufacturing machines. At the Thermoforming
Show in Cincinnati, Lenzkes introduced their system
to the thermoforming.
to 18,000 ft
lbs per clamp,
due to their
the system is
mold, large or
place. This patented technology has drawn interest from
several thermoforming equipment makers who are considering
making it standard equipment for their machines.
Their Quick-Release Clamping system is stepless and
adjustable both horizontally and vertically by simply sliding
the clamping arm up to the mold and tightening the
ball pressure screw located in the back of the arm.
With increasing focus on lean manufacturing, mold
changes are one area in the thermoforming industry that
needs improvement. The Lenzkes system provides easy
adjustment for a wide variety of mold sizes and will reduce
down-time on your machines.
For additional information, contact Mike Brocher,
Lenzkes Clamping Tools, Inc., 825 Radford Road,
Christiansburg, VA 24073, 540-381-1533, Fax: 540-
381-4484, E-mail: email@example.com, Web:
Twin Sheet Pressure
MAAC Machinery, an industry leader in thermoforming
machinery and systems, is now producing a new, upgraded
line of Twin Sheet Pressure Formers that have options
available to perfect even the most complicated parts. With higher pressures,
psi, faster platen
to 20” per second
as low as 3 seconds,
detailed, unique twin sheet parts at record speeds.
MAAC’s brand new, advanced twin sheet sequencing capabilities,
tool rotating or shifting abilities, articulating twin
sheet clamp frames and custom twin sheet plug assisting
methods guarantee that even the most complex parts can
be more efficiently twin sheeted or pressure formed.
With new features like automatic lance adjustment, several
quick mold change systems and adjustable clamp
frames, these upgraded machines will allow any thermoformer
to decrease changeover time and increase production
rates. New automatic loading and unloading options
allow for full automation.
For additional information, contact Michael Alongi,
MAAC Machinery Corp., 590 Tower Blvd., Carol Stream,
IL 60188, 630-665-1700, Fax: 630-665-7799, E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.maacmachinery.com.
Modern Machinery’s Single Station thermoforming
machine is ideal for manufacturing large or small parts at a
modest cost. They offer flexibility
and versatility. Comparably,
their Double Ender’s offer
Four Station Rotary
with standard features like electric drive platens and servo
drive index, as well as a multitude of customizable options.
With Modern Machinery’s Trim Press, finished parts are
automatically nested for packaging or further processing.
They are available in different mold sizes and tonnage ratings.
All Modern Clamp Frames are constructed of heavyduty
extruded aluminum and can be
retrofitted into existing equipment. The 4-Way Adjustable
Style is adjustable in both directions, eliminating the need
for tools and greatly reducing machine down time. Top and
bottom load systems are available in 4-Way Adjustable
and standard styles.
Modern Machinery provides several Upgrade Kits for
your existing equipment.
For additional information, contact Brian Winton,
Modern Machinery of Beaverton, Inc., 3031 Guernsey
Road, P.O. Box 423, Beaverton, MI 48612, 888-649-
9839, Fax: 989-435-3940, E-mail: info@modernmachineinc
.com, Web: www.modernmachineinc.com.
Onsrud Cutter LP, a leading supplier of CNC
router tooling, announced a new line of solid carbide
taper tools from 1/8” to 1/4” in cutting
diameter with cutting angles per side ranging
from 1 to 7 degrees. The ball nose tip is ideal for
3-D decorative profiles, and the taper profile
allows production of draft angles in molds. The
spiral design produces an excellent finish in
wood, plastic and aluminum. Custom designs can
be made upon request.
For additional information, contact Diane
Sullivan, Onsrud Cutter LP, 800 Liberty Drive,
Libertyville, IL 60048, 847-362-1560, Fax:
847-362-5028, E-mail: email@example.com,
New & Used Equipment
plastiMACH Corp. is a stocking dealer of used plastic
thermoforming and packaging equipment since 1975.
Most of their late-model inventory can be inspected in
New York or Chicago warehouses. They also represent all
of new thermoforming
including single station,
end and inline
can help you select
the right machine
for your application
and budget, with over 75 years of experience in the thermoforming
and routing industry.
also introduces their
C N C R outer
The CNC Router
Store is dedicated to
providing a selection
of new and used
CNC routers to the plastics industry. They carry used CNC
routers from Thermwood, Motionmaster, C.R. Onsrud,
Komo, Quintax, Multicam, Anderson, Omnitech and others.
They also carry the new line of CNT Motion Systems
routers with complete 3-axis CNC Router packages.
For additional information, contact Jerry Hammerman,
plastiMACH Corp., 704 Executive Blvd., Valley Cotage, NY
10989, 845-267-2985, Fax: 845-267-2825, E-mail: jerryh@
plastimach.com, Web: www.plastimach.com.
Premier Material Concepts (PMC) introduced Exultra™
the first cost-effective, “green,” recycleable product for
interior and exterior applications and specifically engineered
for the thermoforming industry.
Exultra is an innovative product that offers an alternative
to vinyl-wrapped materials, without the additional labor,
cost and waste. It eliminates many secondary
processes and allows customers to reclaim the fall-off
There are currently
in the Exultra
3000, a patentpending
that consists of a
weatherable elastomeric cap layer laminated to an
expanded elastomeric foam middle layer then laminated
to a high impact thermoplastic olefin core layer.
Exultra 2000 is a 2-ply formable product that consists
of a weatherable elastomeric cap layer laminated to a
high impact thermoplastic olefin layer. Ideal applications
include instrument panels, dashboards, decorative trim,
consoles, door panels, flooring, interior fitness equipment,
seating and organizational devices. Both Exultra products
are outdoor weatherable and contain UV stabilizers
throughout the product. Exultra products also have
improved impact strength over ABS and are moisture,
scratch and mar resistant.
For additional information, contact George Privateer,
Premier Material Concepts, 2040 Industrial Drive,
Findlay, OH 45840, 877-BUYPMC6/419-425-8974, Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.buypmc.com.
3- & 5-axis Router Line
Quintax designs and manufactures a complete line of
quick, accurate and robust industrial 3- and 5-axis CNC
routers for accurate high-speed robotic trimming, cutting
and shaping of plastics, composites, carbon-fiber, non-ferrous
metals and wood. Choose from Quintax single or
twin table machines in various table sizes
with mechanical hold-down or integral
table vacuum system. All
Quintax CNC routers
can be equipped
with a choice of
very rigid construction,
design features, training
and technical support.
Custom engineered CNC
routers are also available.
For additional information, contact Eric Kenney,
Quintax, Inc., 4445 Allen Road, Stow, OH 44224, 330-
920-9200, Fax: 330-920-4200, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.quintax.com.
Royce Routers are a new line of 5-Axis CNC routers
designed specifically for the cut sheet thermoforming
industry, manufactured by MAAC Machinery. The R55T5A
is a twin-table machine featuring two 60”x 60” tables. The
tables can be operated independently or as a single 120”
x 60” table. The unique one-piece construction fits within
a standard 10’ x 12’ doorway and does not require an
Mass production of a single model will deliver the maximum
value at the most cost-effective price. The new
Royce Router combines the latest technology and
increased speeds to improve cycle times up to 400%.
With faster feeds and speeds, higher quality, enhanced
accuracy and more reliable components, these machines
are raising the industry’s standards.
offers full service
and parts availability
590 Tower Blvd.,
Carol Stream, IL
60188, 630-665-1700, Fax: 630-665-7799, E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.maacmachinery.com.
RTP Company’s Sheet and Film Division has recently
developed new conductive sheet products including the
addition of polyethylene, polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene
terephtalate glycol (PETG) sheet. The most significant
improvements are in the PETG sheet, which provides
unique benefits, including a higher purity than is typical
for sheet products and low-outgassing.
The conductive sheet offers surface resistivity levels
ranging from <104 through 1011 ohm/sq and presents
further options, such as flame retardance, wear resistance
and color. Additionally, custom sheet and film from RTP
Company are available in both thin gauge and thick
Conductive sheet is ideal for a wide range of applications,
and other ESD packaging products.
sheet also provides
offers a defense with the material being used as a resistor.
Other products that utilize conductive sheet are electronic
device in-process trays and shipping media.
For additional information, contact Christin Ruge, RTP
Company, 580 East Front Street, Winona, MN 55987,
507-454-6900, Fax: 507-454-2089, E-mail: cruge@
rtpcompany.com, Web: www.rtpcompany.com.
Next Generation CNC
Thermwood builds a complete line of three and five axis
CNC routers from high speed systems for routing, trimming
and pattern making to large envelope systems for
aerospace and defense. All Thermwood CNC routers now
include advanced CNC control technology called “Next
Generation Control.” Next Generation Controls provide
easier programming and program execution: as with
three-axis machines, accepting
the part design directly without
having to convert it to CNC
code. A new advanced
advanced communications including tracking and notification
for routine maintenance along with tool use and life.
It provides three-dimensional views identifying machine
errors and plays video instructions, showing the operator
how to perform maintenance and repairs.
A fully searchable operator’s manual is integrated within
the control, along with the ability to view, move, rotate
and explode CAD drawings of every major assembly on
the machine. Thermwood’s Gen2 new generation control
can access Thermwood technical help through the
audio/video/date link connecting the operator directly to
an experienced technician who can then assist with technical
help from programming assistance to making adjustments
within the control.
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.