Visiting our first Customer in Europe

In Feb 2018, we visited our first customer in Europe - IMATEX based out of Belgium.

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In the image below; you can see that the company had the first machine made by our founder Mr. B P Doshi and then the next machine with automatic sheet loading system made by our technical head Mr. Rajesh Doshi.

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Both the machines are 10+ years old and still running strong. It is always good to meet old customers and revive history. The company continues to make custom parts for advertising industry in Europe.

Material Handling Trays for Automotive Industry using Vacuum Forming

India- a country thriving on "Jugaad" - finding cheaper alternative methods to achieve the 80% of the results. In my weekly post, I'll be show-casing stories around Indian Manufacturing

Material Handling has always been a challenge for a manufacturer. Even if the parts are manufactured with the best practice, if they are not handled properly during transportation- it results in part defects and rejections.

One such story was that of an automotive part supplier - the company used to deliver the wheel rims to the automotive manufacturer in wooden crates. But this caused the rims to bang against the walls of the box during the bumps on the way from the part supplier's factory to the automotive manufacturing plant.

20% of his parts were always damaged during the transportation and he had to come up with a solution. He quickly looked at Plastic Processing Technologies around him which could help him. He approached a Plastics Processing Company in India which had the manufacturing capability of processing plastics using technologies like Injection Molding, Roto Molding and Thermoforming.

The Plastics Processing Company analysed this problem and came up with a solution using Thick Sheet Thermoforming. This is what they came up with - an HDPE based Material Handling Tray that snaps the rims so that it doesn't move at all during the transportation. The plus point was the mould cost was not as high as the injection molding one and the turn-around time was quicker too.

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The Plastics Processing Company could manufacture this part using Machinecraft's PF1 Thermoforming Machine which can process Thermoplastics like ABS, HIPS, HDPE/LDPE and PC from 2 mm to 12 mm thickness.

The tray decreased the rejects from 20% to 0%. The production of the material handling tray can be seen in the video below

The machine in this video is Machinecraft's PF1 Series with forming area 1500 mm x 2000 mm and max. depth 500 mm. For more information on the machine, click here.

Machinecraft Launches Twin Sheet Thermoforming Machines

We have been researching since the past 2 years on Twin Sheet Thermoforming Technology. We just designed & manufactured India's first Twin Sheet Thermoforming Machine. 

This is Machinecraft PF1 Series with Twin Sheet Forming Capability with Forming Area 1000 mm x 2000 mm

This is Machinecraft PF1 Series with Twin Sheet Forming Capability with Forming Area 1000 mm x 2000 mm

Twin-sheet thermoforming produces a double-sided, hollow panel with features on both sides of the exterior to create multi-dimensional housings and enclosures, strong yet lightweight, as housings for hardware and components, pockets or enclosures or panels that require thermal or acoustic insulation.

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Twin-sheet thermoforming can replace two processes with one, save time and labor, produce a seamless part and create a stronger structure so you end up with a lighter, cheaper component.

The top sheet is drawn into the top mold and the bottom sheet is drawn into the bottom mold. The two molds are pressure welded together at designated points around the perimeter.

The top sheet is drawn into the top mold and the bottom sheet is drawn into the bottom mold. The two molds are pressure welded together at designated points around the perimeter.

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What are some of the applications of Twin Sheet Forming?

Can you think of products around you that can be made using Twin Sheet Thermoforming Technology?

Replacing FRP based Well Covers with Vacuum Forming

September, 2016. Machinecraft visited Kalix, Sweden to install the PF1 Machine 1500x1500. The client purchased second machine from Machinecraft, Mumbai, India. 

Beautiful Town of Kalix

Beautiful Town of Kalix

Customer Factory at Kalix, Sweden

Customer Factory at Kalix, Sweden

Customer Starting the HMI on the PF1 Machine

Customer Starting the HMI on the PF1 Machine

The company was making water well covers using FRP. The old process of making the part using FRP was slow and costly. They decided to move to a more sophisticated technique of vacuum forming. The company will now start manufacturing water well covers using Machinecraft's PF1/1500x1500 machine.

To know more about PF1 Series, click here.