WM Wrapping Machinery S.A will attend the 2012 at NPE show in Orlando, Florida. For  this event WM will present to the thermoforming industry, in production, the new version of its roll feed, vacuum-pressure forming machine with steel rule cutting: model FC 780E Speedmaster Plus.

This model is now in its 3rd generation, and the “Plus” is the result of all the new engineering upgrades combined with the latest generation of electronic control in the vacuum and pressure forming field.

The FC 780E Speedmaster Plus has a forming station with 4 tie-bars, a clamping force of 75,000 daN (75 Tonnes) and it is also able to work with “in-mould cut” configured tools. The thermoforming machine has a second press with 4 tie-bars and cutting force of 60,000 daN (60 Tonnes) for use as a separate steel rule cutting station. The machine is completed with a vertical stacking unit driven by servo-motor.

The FC 780E Speedmaster Plus is also available with a servo-motor to drive the plugs, “third motion” and with a well proven 2 or 3 axis “robot stacker”, to guarantee a wide range of solutions for stacking different shaped products and for A/B stacking. The FC 780E Speedmaster Plus can accommodate moulds with max dimensions 780 x 570mm and it is also able to form products with positive and negative depth up to 130mm. Of all the new aspects of the Speedmaster Plus, WM would like to highlight the installation of a “new generation PC”, supplied by B&R, which makes this machine the first “fully digital” controlled forming machine.

The PC, aside from the process control of the machine and the recording of all tool setting “recipes”, can also help the operator with automatic set up of the production cycle; where the operator is taken, step by step by the PC, entering the requested information, in a process as simple as using a common ATM (Bancomat). WM has also upgraded the after sales assistance to the client by its Swiss based engineers, with the replacement of the traditional “modem” by an advanced and faster “remote access connection unit”. This unit has the capacity to connect and to control up to 5 different items (machine, telephone, web camera, etc.).

This unit gives WM engineers the ability to read on their PC, at their Swiss office, the video pages of the machine in the client’s factory and so, based on clear information, they can help the operator with diagnosis and corrective action. The future evolution of this technology will allow the possibility of video-assistance for the customer. We call this: the “good evolution”.