FT 900 Thermofoil Vacuum Press / Vacuum Laminating Machine
Written by bkellaway
Specification and Explanations
Working size 52″ X 105”
Power requirements, 240 vac, 3 phase, 60 amps.
Air requirement, 10 cfm, 100 psi.
Overall footprint 112” wide, 74” front to rear including control console and top lift arms, 48” on casters, 44” without.
Typical cycle time 6 ½-7 ½ minutes depending on film color and type.
Typical hourly production, 50 pieces of various sizes.
Typical weekly production 1800-2000 pieces.
Platens are zinc plated standard, “high tech” bonded “non-stick” coating available, this coating is especially useful when using pre-glued film.
Construction is aircraft quality heavy wall aluminum tubing, fully “tig” welded.
Covering sheet metal is 18 ga, cold rolled steel that has been powder coated for durability.
Vacuum pump is 30 cfm, liquid cooled producing near absolute vacuum.
30-gal vacuum reserve tank to aid in the rapid evacuation of air substantially decreasing cycle time.
Pre-installed divider bar tabs allowing the platen area to be reduced in length by 1/3 or 1/2 for making samples or repairing panels without having to use a full length of film to save cost.
Heating elements are infrared quartz producing 21,600 watts. Elements are arranged in curved fashion on the top with one element on each side of the hood to provide more completely even heating of the film eliminating the “cold areas” that exist in other types of presses.
Top lift is accomplished with 2 3” diameter rear mounted pistons leaving a clear left to right path to pull the film across without having to pre-cut it.
All electrical parts are UL, CE or CSA listed or approved.
The computer controls are through an IDEC plc viewed from an IDEC 8.5” color touch screen.
The control screens include:
Storage bays for up to 5 separate programs for different types of films.
An advanced tutorial screen with many “frequently asked questions” answered in brief videos all accessed from and viewed on the touch screen. These videos can be updated or added to from the usb port located on the console and are made available, at no cost, from us. This is a VAC-U- CLAMP exclusive.
Program updates are easily done from the usb port following the instructions on the tutorial section of the screen, this is another VAC-U-CLAMP exclusive feature.
Another exclusive feature is the “intermittent vacuum” button located on the screen. This is especially handy when working with large panels which, when heating up can cause the film to prematurely stick to the panels preventing it from properly shrinking and causing wrinkles. This brief vacuum application is usually done between 100 and 150 degrees before the adhesive has softened and become too” sticky”.