Vacuum Forming Machines

Film Insert Moulding (FIM) is a versatile and cost effective method of decoration and manufacturing durable plastic parts. (It is also referred to as ‘In Mould Decoration (IMD)’ or ‘In Mould Labelling (IML)’.

The flat film is firstly reverse decorated (normally screen printed or digitally printed), then vacuum formed, cut and finally back injection moulded. It is used for cost effective manufacture of fascias, panels and casings for the automotive, telecommunication, advanced sign making, material testing and electronic sectors.

The Formech FIM/IMD range combine extremely accurate repeat sheet registration with incredibly precise and advanced heat control during the forming process of the pre-printed material.

Full temperature feedback with every element provides complete control during the heating of the sheet, minimizing the distortion of the printed sheets during the critical heating stage.

The machine also features a heating pyrometer to achieve consistent heating cycles. Formech produces IMD machines for both test and production using either ceramics or quartz, single or twin heaters and servo electric table for precise movements and registration. Ideal for forming the latest technically demanding materials that require precise control over every aspect.

  • 10'' Colour HMI/PLC featuring Formech Cycle View (FCV)
    Wago control system with 10" colour touch screen, real time adjustments, 1% heater increment control, Formech Cycle View and 40 preset memories.
  • Ceramic Heaters with Full Temperature Feedback
    Ceramic heaters are well suited for high volume production when heaters are engaged for long periods and constant temperature must be maintained.
  • 49 Independently Controllable Heating Zones
    Forty-nine heating zones and quartz heaters provide rapid heat response with a greater range of control to form challenging shapes and materials.
  • Pneumatic Heater Drive
    Heavy duty pneumatically powered heater travel provides precise and rapid heater deployment, whilst braking prevents element damage.
  • Pneumatically Powered Clamping Frame
    Pneumatically powered clamping system that provides powerful and effortless control.
  • Servo Powered Table with Height Adjust
  • Pneumatic Plug Assist
    Pneumatically powered plug assist forces the heated material into the tool cavities to increase the thickness of material at the bottom of the cavities
  • Pre-Stretch
    Pre-stretch enables the user to pump air into the heated sheet, creating a bubble to avoid thinning of material with deeper tools.
  • Auto-Level
    Avoids material sag during the heating cycle and maintains an even distance between heater and sheet whilst providing the user with an audible indication the material is ready to form.
  • Vacuum Receiver Tank
    A vacuum tank that provides instant stored vacuum, for high demanding materials and shortening cycle times.
  • Vacuum Flow Regulator
    Precisely regulates vacuum flow rate when a greater level of control is required with demanding applications.
  • Vacuum & Pressure Gauges
    A visual indication of consistent vacuum and pressure being applied (pressure in Hg / bar).
  • Safety Light Curtain
    Protects users from accidental injury by halting all mechanical actions when light curtain is broken.
  • Heating Pyrometer
    Sensor to provide accurate sheet temperature feedback and send heaters back upon reaching target temperature (except on the 686 and 1372 where it gives a digital readout). Emergency air storage tank supplies cooling continuity on shut-down to protect pyrometer.
  • Oil filled rotary vane pump 21m3 / hr
Forming area470mm x 470mm / 18.5 x 18.5''
Sheet Size508 x 508mm / 20.0 x 20.0''
Max depth of draw450mm / 17.7''
Max Material Thickness6mm / 0.25''
Heating Zones49
Dimensions and Weight
Width1200mm / 47.3''
Height3080mm / 121.3''
Depth2050mm / 80.7''
Weight900kg / 1983lbs
Electrical Specifications
Europe - 3 Phase Power Requirements380-415V / 32A
USA - 3 Phase Power Requirements208-220V / 40A
Power Consumption11.3kW
Air Requirements80psi / 5 bar