Vacuum Forming Services

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Vacuum Forming Services
Vacuum Forming Services

At FET Engineering, Inc. we offer vacuum forming production services, with applications in a range of industries including automotive, aircraft, medical, construction, home and bath, agriculture, and heavy trucking among others. We utilize male and female mold types, and offer in mold graining (IMG) and in-mold grain laminating (IMGL) expertise for the cost effective one step production of a variety of decorative effects and aesthetic textures. Our process incorporates billow forming procedures, plug assist, and snap back forming which is useful for deep drawing with uniform wall thicknesses. Molding is carried out with PVC, TPU, and vinyl materials.  Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with a variety of advanced automated machinery, including our new Macc 75S vacuum forming machine featuring adjustable clamp framing which can be moved during forming, platen motors with absolute encoders to control speed and position, servo controlled ball valves, two 35 gpm water heaters/pumps, and programmable operation. Our quartz oven features 54 lower zones, 110 upper zones and 1 infrared heat sensor.

Machinery size capabilities include a platen size of 84” x 60”, and clamp frame opening of 86” x 62”, able to handle sheet sizes of up to 88” x 64”. These systems allow for the cost effective processing of prototypes, trials, and low volume production. Our average production volume is approximately 500 units per day, and all parts and processes uphold the highest industry standards for quality. For more information about our vacuum forming services, or our other advanced capabilities please see the table below or contact us directly.

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Vacuum Forming Capabilities

Forming Functions
Vacuum
Plug Assist
Billow Cavity Mold
Snap Back
Billow Male Mold
Types
Male
Female
IMG
IMGL
Equipment Capabilities
Automated
Programmable
3, 2” Vacuum Valves
3, 2” Ball Valves -Servo Controlled -Platen Position & Time
4, 1” Air Valves
4, 1” Ball Valves -Servo Controlled -Platen Position & Time
2, 35 Gallon per Minute Water Heaters/Pumps
Platen motors equipped with absolute encoders for position & speed control
Lower platen tilt to worker
Adjustable clamp frame -can be moved during forming process
Material Form
Sheet
Materials
Vinyl
TPU
PVC
Platen/Mold Size
84” x 60”
Clamp Frame Opening
86” x 62”
Top Platen Stroke/Bottom Platen Stroke
36” Top/70” Bottom
Top & Bottom Platen
“Daylight” 6”
Sheet-Line
100”
Pressure Assist Capability
30 PSI
Quartz Oven
Lower 54 zones, Upper 110 zones & 1 Infrared Heat Sensor
Platen Weight
3,500 lbs @ 12 IPS (inches per second)
Material Sheet Size
88” x 64”
Trimming
Hand or Trim Blades
Additional Services
Trial Parts
Packaging
Program Management
Mold Modifications
Engineering Change Inquiry (ECI)
Production Volume
Average of 500 parts per day

Additional Information

Industry Focus
Automotive
Aircraft
Plastisol Processing
Packaging
Medical
Home and Bath
Construction
Agriculture
Heavy Truck
Intended Applications
Interior Trim
Auto Trim
Door Panels
Instrument Panels
Shoe Soles
Velcro
Sink Molds (Bathtubs and Showers)
Vinyl Siding
Doors
ATV Gas Tanks
Headliners
Industry Standards
ISO 9001:2008
ANAB Accredited
ISO 14001:2004
NSF
AQA International
National Association of Surface Finishers (NASF)
Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAMM )
File Formats
Rhino
CATIA
Cimitron
CRIO

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