Relaunch of the Illig UA 100Ed Universal Sheet Processing Machine
Illig Maschinenbau GmbH & Co KG from Heilbronn, Germany, will present its improved Illig 100Ed thermoforming machine, which will be available as a standard machine in fall this year. This efficient machine is suitable for first-time users. It can be charged manually and has a good price-performance ratio, which makes it an interesting option (Fig.). Following numerous inquiries from customers, Illig decided to resume production of the UA 100Ed, which was the predecessor of today’s UA 100g sheet processing machine, and which had been produced over two decades until 2002.
The UA 100g is well suited to meet all current requirements concerning flexibility, number of cycles and product quality. Nevertheless, especially contract manufacturers and professional training institutions are interested in this standard machine, which is still in operation today. It is easy to handle, though efficient, which makes it an interesting option for material manufacturers and toolmakers, too. The benefit involved in the relaunched UA 100Ed is the fact that many of the dies designed and built for this machine can be used without any additional changes required. An additional upper table is also available, as well as a so-called "loose part control" feature, which is required to demold parts with more pronounced undercuts. Further innovations to be found in the current UA 100Ed include, among other elements, a high-performance vacuum pump, reinforced cooling fans, and ceramic infrared heater elements to heat up the material to forming temperature. Another innovation is its SPS control unit with its high-resolution TFT screen and improved task-oriented user interface.
Another major issue will be a cooling technique developed by Illig for their UA-g machines. It includes central feeding of the air required to cool the formed part. By taking in the cooling air in a defined way, this new technique provides for high constant part qualities hardly affected by climate conditions. The current standard versions suck the air in from the area around the heated upper part of the machine, to cool the formed part. The central cooling air supply uses the air from defined, cooler areas, for example from the area around the machine base, or even from outside the production hall. Controlled supply of cooling air at almost constantly low temperature reduces cooling times, even if temperatures in the production hall are high, thus making cycle times more reliable and stepping up reproducibility of the cooling process. While cooler air usually allows for lower die temperature, cooling time is further reduced, which leads to shorter cycle times.
Fakuma Hall A3, booth 3208
ILLIG Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG
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