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Contents
Safety .................. .... ............... ................................................................................................................. 3
Introduction and initial assembly .......................................................................... ................................. 6
Optional extras .............................................................................. ............................................ .............. 7
General Arrangement ......................... .................................................................... ................................ 8
Operating procedures ........... ................... ...... .......................................................... ...................... ....... 10
BASIC OPERATION .. ................. ............................. ............................................................................. 11
F.A.Q... ..... ....... .............................................................................. .. ..... ...... .. ......... ............ ............ ......... 13
Warranty .......................................... ............ ......................................................................................... 14
Service I Repair ............................................................................ ......................................................... 15
A. REPLACING SEALS ......... .......... ............. ............ .................................................. ........................... 15
B. REPLACING A HEATING ELEMENT ........................................ ......... .................................. .............. 16
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C. ELECTRICAL TROUBLESHOOTING ............................... ................................................................... 17
D. VACUUM/PRESSURE TROUBLESHOOTING ................................................................................. .. 19
Schematics ... ........................................ ............................................. .................................................. 20
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Safety
Thank you for choosing Formech .
Please read and follow the below safety instructions before attempting to install or operate your machine.
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Only use the machine for vacuum forming plastic. It is not intended for any other purpose.
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Read and understand all of this user manual.
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This is a 'single person operating' machine.
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Do not operate the machine until you have been trained and are fully conversant with it.
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Users of this machine should complete regular competence tests.
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Check your supply voltage and frequency. Make sure it is compatible with your machine. Your
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You must ensure that the machine is properly earthed and fused .
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If your machine is not equipped with a moulded mains connector then note that:
machine's electrical specification is on the plate on the Left hand side.
The earth wire is GREEN with a YELLOW stripe. = = =
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The live wire is BROWN
The neutral wire is BLUE
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Only suitably qualified personnel should make electrical connections
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Turn off the machine and disconnect the power supply when the machine is not in use .
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The heater and pump on this model are not intended to be left running indefinitely.
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This machine is fitted with a dry running vacuum pump. Do not lubricate. Do not allow any liquid to
enter the vacuum system. Ensure that moulds are properly sealed to prevent ingress of dust into the
vacuum circuit. Severe damage may be caused if the above is not observed.
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Note the safety warning labels situated on the front and rear panels. Never remove any warning
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Never remove any panels unless the electrical supply has been isolated .
labels from the machine.
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Ensure that the area surrounding the machine is clean and frequently cleared of finished product and
any scrap .
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Daily repetitive use of this or any other machine may lead to a) fatigue and loss of concentration b)
possible strains. Operators should be trained in the use of correct lifting techniques in order to
minimise these effects.
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Safety
Hazards specific to this machine.
It is vital that any person using this machine and the person(s) responsible for the health & safety is made fully
aware of the potential hazards that could arise from the use and misuse.
1. Electric shock.
This machine uses Voltages up to 240Vac.
NEVER ATIEMPT ANY REPAIR UNLESS THE ELECTRICAL SUPPLY DISCONNECTED. ONLY SWITCH ON
WHEN ALL COVERS HAVE BEEN REPLACED.
ONLY A QUALIFIED ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN MAY WORK ON ANY PARTS CARRYING MAINS VOLTAGE
AND SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THATTHE MACHINE IS IN A SAFE CONDITION BEFORE
ALLOWING SERVICES TO BE RESTORED.
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2. Burning.
Parts of this machine reach temperatures in excess of 300°C. NOTE THE 'HOT SURFACES' SAFETY
LABELLING ON THE HEATER & HEATER GUARD.
SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS MUST BE TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT ONLY THE MACH INE OPERATOR IS IN THE
OPERATING AREA DURING USE.
USE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT SUCH AS GLOVES WHEN TESTING THE HEATED PLASTIC,
HANDLING HOT VACUUM FORMED PARTS, MANUALLY ASSISTING THE FORMING PROCESSS AND
TOUCHING HOT SURFACES.
INFRARED RADIATION IS EMITIED BY THE QUARTZ HEATERS, ENSURE THAT ANY EXPOSURE TO THIS
TYPE OF RADIATION IS SHORT OR COMPLETELY AVOIDED.
WAIT UNTIL THE MACHINE HAS COOLED DOWN BEFORE SERVICE WORK COMMENCES.
3. Toxic Fume Inhalation.
When plastic sheet is heated fumes will be given off.
ENSURE THATTHE MACHINE IS POSITIONED IN AN ADEQUATELY VENTILATED PLACE. IT IS THE
RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OWNER OR DESIGNATED RESPONSIBLE PERSON FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY
TO ASSESS THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH ANY DANGEROUS FUMES GIVEN OFF AND TO DETERMINE
ANY NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS REQUIRED SUCH AS FUME EXTRACTION PRIOR TO USE.
4. Injury from Trapping.
CARE IS REQUIRED WHEN OPERATING THE CLAMPING FRAME TO ENSURE THAT FINGERS OR HANDS
ARE NOT TRAPPED.
KEEP HANDS CLEAR OF THE HEATER RAILS WHEN PULLING THE HEATER FORWARDS.
5. Fire.
RISK OF FIRE AS A RESULT OF HEAT AND PLASTICS PRESENTS AN EMERGENCY SITUATION. ENSURE
FIRE SAFETY TRAINING IS PERFORMED & CONTROLLED.
IT IS ESSENTIAL TO HAVE FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE AT OR NEAR THE MACHINE. USE
DRY POWDER (BLUE) OR CARBON DIOXIDE (BLACK) FIRE EXTINGUISHERS.
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Safety
6. Prohibited Uses
DO NOT USE THIS MACHINE FOR ANY PURPOSES OTHER THAN THE VACUUM FORMING AND BLOW
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MOULDING OF PLASTICS SHEET.
DO NOT USE THE HEATER TO APPLY HEAT TO ANY MATERIAL OTHER THAN PLASTIC SHEET AS PART
OF THE VACUUM FORMING PROCESS SUCH AS: FOOD PRODUCTS, ALL TYPES OF PARTICLES,
POWDER, DUST, ALL TYPES OF LIQUID, WOOD, PAPER, METALS AND ANY FORMS OF COMBUSTABLE
MATERIALS.
DO NOT USE THE TABLE MECHANISM TO CLAMP, COMPRESS, FOLD OR APPLY FORCE TO ANY ITEM
UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
DO NOT USE THE CLAMPING FRAME TO CLAMP COMPRESS, FOLD OR APPLY FORCE TO ANY ITEM
OTHER THAN THE CLAMPING OF SHEET PLASTICS AS PART OF THE VACUUM FORMING PROCESS.
DO NOT USE THE TOP OF THE HEATER OR TOP OF THE HEATER GUARD TO STACK PLASTICS OR
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OTHER MATERIALS.
DO NOT USE THE MACHINE TO STACK OR LEAN ITEMS AG INST THE SIDES .
DO NOT USE ANY OTHER PART OF THE HEATER TO MOVE THE HEATER FORWARDS AND BACKWARDS
OTHER THAN THE HEATER HANDLE.
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DO NOT USE OR MODIFY THE ELECTRICAL POWER IN THE INTERNAL WIRING TO SUPPLY ANY OTHER
DEVICE OR TO APPLY MODIFICATIONS TO THE MACHINE OR ITS FUNCTIONS.
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THIS IS NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF THE POSSIBLE MISSUSE OF THIS MACHINERY.
THE USE OF THIS MACHINE MUST BE ASSESSED, MONITORED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PERSON
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFTEY IN THE ORGANISATION THAT OWNS AND OPERATES
THIS MACHINE.
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Transportation / Positioning
The 300XQ will be supplied strapped to a Pallet or in a crate. The machine may unpacked and placed on a
bench, table or 300XQ trolley. Ensure that the structure, size and load bearing capacity of the bench or table is
sufficient for the machine weight. A minimum of 2 persons are required to lift the machine. In the case of the
300XQ trolley, ensure that the 2 machine retaining screws are fitted to the under side of the trolley I Machine.
Noise emissions
Noise emissions on the Formech 300XQ are less than 70dB(A).
Machine storage
The Formech 300XQ must be stored in a dry environment.
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lntrodudion and initial assembly
The Formech 300XQ is a highly versatile, manually operated Vacuum Forming Machine that will produce high
definition mouldings in up to 6mm thick material. It is intended for use only for the Vacuum forming of plastics
components and for the blow moulding of heated plastics.
Your Formech machine is supplied with
lx Electrical cable
lx Installation/Operations/Repair
lx EC Certificate of conformity
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lx Table lever (a)
lx Table mesh
(•)The 300XQ machine is fully assembled except for the table lever.
ENSURE THAT THE TABLE LEVER IS TIGHTLY SCREWED INTO THE CRANK MECHANISM ON THE RIGHT
HANDSIDE OF THE MACHINE. IF OPERATED WITH THE LEVER LOOSENED YOU MAY DAMAGE THE CRANK OR
THE HANDLE.
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Optional extras
The following items can be purchased for your 300XQ vacuum forming machine
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Machine trolley with castors
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Service kit
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Reducing windows
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Blow mould window
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1. The Formech machine trolley allows you to easily move your 300XQ machine. The 2 locking castors assure
the trolley remains in position all the time. Underneath there is also space to store plastic material and
moulds.
2. Formech have available a standard sizes of reducing plates. This reducing plate allows the use of plastic size
254mm x 228mm. Formech can also produce special size reducing windows . For more information please
contact our sales department.
3. You can use your vacuum forming machine to do blow moulding by fitting a special circular reducing
window to your machine. The maximum diameter you will get on the 300XQ is 300mm. For more information
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please contact our sales department.
4. It is unlikely that you will need to service or repair your machine for many years provided you follow the
maintenance information contained in this manual; however the table and clamp seals, which are considered
to be consumable items, will need to be replaced depending on the usage of the machine. Therefore this kit
contains the essential consumables (seals and pump filter) to ensure a good performance of your machine
year on year.
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General Arrangement
Spech:ation plate
Power inlet receptade
Power switch 00/0FF
Clamp frame
Matera! damps
6. Heater Box
7. Vacuum\pressure valve
8. Table leva9. Control pe11el
10. Pump switch ON I OFF
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DO NOT CONNECT
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ELECTRICAL SPECIFICATIO N
Standard Voltage: 220-240
Standard frequency: 50/60!-lz
Standard Max Power: 2.3Kw
MECHANICAL SPEO RCATI ON
Standard material size 450mm x 300mm (18'' x 12'')
Maximum forming area 430mm x 280mm ( 16.9" x11.02'')
Maximum depth cl ctaw 185mm (6 7/ 8'')
Overall wdth 640mm (25 1/4")
Overall height 530mm (21 '')
Overall length 1OOOmm (39 318'')
W eight 65kg (1451bs)
1. Specification Plate. This states the essential machine data & CE marking.
2. Power Inlet receptacle. The machine is supplied complete with a power cable that plugs into this receptacle
and then into a suitable power socket. If your machine is a special voltage or frequency then it may be
supplied with a lead not terminated into a mains plug. See Safety section at the beginning of this manual.
Note the safety labelling.
3. Power Switch ON/OFF. This is the main switch. When in the OFF position power is cut to all functions.
Before commencing any repair work always remove the mains lead from the Power Inlet Receptacle.
4. Clamp Frame. This holds the plastic material in position during the forming and release processes.
5. Material Clamps. These clamps fix the Clamp Frame firmly down. After placing the plastic under the clamp
frame the material clamps are adjusted by tightening or loosening the orange nutlets. The levers are pulled up
until they are fully over-centre. Adjustment may only be carried out while not under pressure. The rear of the
clamp frame is self adjusting.
6. Heater Box. This carries the heating elements and is drawn forward by pulling the centrally mounted
handle.
7. Vacuum/Pressure Valve. When the vacuum pump is running this valve switches between removing air
from between the mould and moulding during forming (vacuum) and introducing air between the mould and
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moulding for finished part release (pressure).
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8. Table Lever. When pulled towards you the table will rise to the upper limit. A further application of
pressure will lock the table in this position. During forming the table complete with mould is lifted into the hot
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plastic and locked in place to ensure a good vacuum seal. At the end of the cycle the table is returned to the
lower position by pushing the handle back and away.
NOTE : A mechanical interlock designed to prevent a mould being raised into the heating elements stops the
table being raised unless the heater box is fully back.
9. Control Panel. See below control panel layout.
10. Vacuum Pump ON/OFF switch. This turns the vacuum pump on and off. The vacuum pump evacuates the
air between the plastic sheet and the mould. It also provides pressure to release the finished moulding from
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the mould.
11. Air pressure outlet. When the vacuum pump is running, the pressure is diverted to this outlet. This can be
used to supply or run other equipment when not being used for vacuum forming. Do not block this outlet or
attempt to connect air supply. This machine DOES NOT require air supply.
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12. Heater Zone layout
13. Heater standby level control
14. Zone power level con trols
15. Heater timer
16. Vacuum Gauge
12. Heater Zone layout. Pictogram showing the corresponding zone layout of the quartz heater zones.
13. Heater Standby Level (Power Saving Feature). The 300XQ is supplied with fast acting heating elements.
This means that when the heater is not actually heating plastic the power can be turned down. As the heater
is moved from the rear position the elements begin to heat up to the set power level.
For this feature to work effectively the power level at rest or standby must be set to approx. 30%.
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continuous usage the standby level may be set lower. For infrequent usage it may be required for the standby
level to be set higher. For non-time critical uses the standby level can be set at about 10%. Although the
plastic may take a few extra seconds to heat, the overall power saving will be substantial
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Safety Notice :
It is advisable to monitor the heating stage by making frequent observations.
Never leave the machine unattended when actively heating plastic.
14. Heater Zone Controls. The 300XQ heater is divided into 4 zones as shown by the diagram (12) on the
control panel. This is to allow the user maximum flexibility especially when producing mouldings from difficult
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moulds or difficult plastics. It is usual to turn the centre zone 1 down slightly because it gains extra heat from
the other zones surrounding it. The back zone 3 also tends to stay hotter than the front zone 4 because the
rear of the machine is heated by the heater when it is not heating plastic. A key feature of quartz heating is
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the response time for changing to different power levels. The zone controllers are highly accurate and keep
the element power level within 1% of the requested setting. Beginners to vacuum forming will quickly become
accustomed to setting the zone controls for best results.
15. Digital Timer. When producing a quantity of mouldings using the same mould and plastic the heating time
will be nearly constant for each one. In this case the timer can be used. Record the heating time for the first
moulding then set the timer (in seconds) using the UP/ DOWN buttons the buttons. When the heater is pulled
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forward the timer counts down from the set time and sounds a buzzer when zero is reached. The heater is
then pushed back. The set time is stored until it is altered. If you don't want to use the timer, set the time t o
zero.
The timer has built in safety features. If the heater is forward for more than 2 minutes after the timer has
completed the set time the heater will switch to the standby setting. If the heater is not returned to the
standby position after a further 2 minutes then the heater will turn off all power to the heating elements.
16. Vacuum Gauge. This is situated on the top RHS of the front panel and gives indication of the vacuum level
achieved at the table mould area during moulding. It is usual to expect approx 22"Hg I -750mbar of vacuum. If
such levels are not achieved check your mould I table configuration & clamp I plastic sealing.
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Reducing Windows
Reducing windows allow the use of smaller sheet material for smaller mouldings. Reducing windows allow for
better sheet utilisation.
To fit the reducing window.
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Lift the clamp frame.
Place the lower reducing window plate on t o the top frame aperture so that the corner locating
screws are aligned.
Place the top reducing window plate on the underside of the clamp frame. There are folded sections
on the front and rear. The rear edge has the larger return and wraps completely around the clamp
frame bar. The front fold is smaller and returns against the front clamp frame bar. The fixing bolt is
fitted through the clamp frame bar and reducing plate and secured using the fixing nut.. See diagram
below of side view of the top plate fitting.
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Rea r of clamp frame
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Close the clamp frame. Check alignment oftop and bottom plate. Fit the required plastic material on
the sealed lower reducing plate. The material toggle clamps will need adjusting so that the clamp
frame can be locked to achieve the necessary clamping pressure.
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BASIC OPERATION
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Turn the power switch to ON. The
Set the zone controls as below:
Set the heater standby level to
digital timer in the front panel will
- Zone 1 at 60%,
about 30%
illuminate.
- Zones 2, 3 & 4 at about 75%
Set the ti mer to zero using 'DOWN'
button . 12 l
With the heater fully back and the
Place the table into the lower
mould table in the up position
position by pushing the table lever
place your mould onto it. !3 l
away from you
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Open the material clamps and
Position a sheet of plastic over the
Pull the clamp frame down and
raise the clamp frame
aperture. The plastic should
close the material clamps
completely cover the white seals
around the aperture.
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Each line in the heating zone corresponds to 10% power.
12 l When set to zero the timer will count up. This will help you establish the time for the heating cycle.
!3 lA wire mesh is supplied with your machine to be placed under the mould to assist with vacuum airflow.
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BASIC OPERATION (Cont.)
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Depending on the plastic
thickness you may need
to use the adjusting
screws on the material
clamps to properly grip
the plastic.
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Pull the heater forward
over the plastic. As the
plastic heats up it will
begin to rise slightly. It
will then soften and begin
to drop back.
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Push the heater back
slightly to test the
softness of the plastic.
Continue to heat until it is
soft enough to form.
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At this point, push back
the heater all the way
back
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Let the finished moulding
cool down a little before
pulling the release valve
downwards (4 l
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Turn on the vacuum
pump and raise the table
until you can feel it lock
into place. (3 l
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Finally, lower the table
and release the material
clamps to remove the
finished moulding
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(3 l
Remember that the heater must be fully back before the table can be raised
(4 l
If the plastic is still too soft when you try to release it, some distortion may occur.
The plastic will form
around the mould tool.
You may need to assist
this process.
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F.A.Q.
How long does it take to heat the plastic sheet?
This depends on which material and thickness is specified.
How do I know when the plastic is ready to form?
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Generally speaking it is necessary with any new material to establish the correct heating cycle. Plastic
is ready to form when it becomes soft and pliable especially nearer to the clamping frame. This is
known as glass transition temperature (Tg). Once you have established the time you can set the heater
timer for accurate and repeated heating cycles
Why is the plastic webbing on the mould?
Material is too hot.
Insufficient vacuum.
Excess of material. Use reducing windows.
Poor mould design.
Why can't I achieve good definition on the finished part?
Material too cold
Mould too cold .
Insufficient vacuum.
Insufficient vacuum holes in the mould
Why Is the plastic thinning over the mould when formed?
Sheet cooled whilst forming.
Mould design with insufficient draft angles.
Too thin plastic gauge.
Pre-stretch required.
Plug assist required .
Why does the plastic bubble and pit when heated?
Material is Hygroscopic which needs to be pre-dried prior to forming.
Overheating.
Mould or plastic sheet too dusty
Why does the plastic stick to the mould when I try to relea.se?
Mould not fixed on baseboard.
Mould not fixed to table.
Insufficient draft.
Mould undercuts.
Poor mould quality.
NOTE: Formech has also available for download a Vacuum Forming Guide, which has further and more in....,
depth information on plastics, moulds, forming and trimming process. Please contact us to gain access to this
guide.
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Warranty
Your machine comes with a 12 months warranty from date of delivery. The warranty is validated by
completing and returning the product registration slip below. Consumables are not covered under the
warranty (heating elements, silicon seals, pump filter)
The vacuum system on this machine is fairly simple but uses high quality components throughout. The life
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expectancy of the vacuum system will be compromised by the ingress of dirt, shavings, dust, liquid etc.
THE VACUUM CIRCUIT INCLUDING THE VACUUM PUMP WILL NOT BE COVERED BY OUR WARRANTY IF THEY
ARE FOUND TO BE BLOCKED WITH FOREIGN MATTER OR CORRODED BY THE INGRESS OF LIQUID.
NOTE: THE USE OF TALC AS A MOULD RELEASING AGENT IS NOT RECOMMENDED. IT MAY CLOG THE VACUUM
CIRCUIT AND JEOPARDISE THE WARRANTY ON YOUR MACHINE
PRODUCT REGISTRATION SLIP
Please complete the information below and fax it to +44 (O) 1582 46 96 46 or complete the form online at
www.formech.com
(under the 'support' section)
YOUR DETAILS
TITLE:
MR/MRS/. ..
FIRST NAME:
SURNAME:
ORGANISATION:
DEPARTMENT:
ADDRESS:
ADDRESS:
ADDRESS:
TOWN:
COUNTY:
POSTCODE:
COUNTRY:
TELEPHONE:
FAX:
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Service / Repair
A. REPLACING SEALS
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Clean up completely,
Apply the sealant evenly
mask the area and 'key'
the surface
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Fit overlapping silicone
strips and 'bed' into
sealant
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Apply a 45 degree mitre
at the comers. Ensure the
joint is sealed
Remove all the existing seal and adhesive with a sharp blade. Mask off the sealing area with masking
tape or similar (Mask the outside for top frames or reducing windows & the inside for table seals).
Prepare the sealing area with emery cloth or similar to achieve a good surface for the new adhesive to
key with. Ensure that the surface is clean from dust, dirt and grease.
2.
Apply a generous bead of high modulus silicone sealant to the masked area and smooth down to give
3.
Cut the silicone strip in lengths long enough to overlap the corners. Do not stretch the seal strip when
a consistent layer.
measuring or applying. Lay each strip on to the seal area overlapping at the corners. Ensure the seal
strip is bedded down well by pressing firmly along the full length.
4.
With a sharp blade cut a 45° mitre joint at all corners. Fill gaps in the joints with sealant. Remove the
masking tape before the sealant has set. For best performance leave seal to set overnight.
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Service
I Repair
B. REPLACING A HEATING ELEMENT
ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE SHOULD ONLY BE ATIEMPTED BY SUITABLY QUALIFIED TECHNICIANS)
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UNPLUG THE MACHINE FROM THE MAINS
Bring the heater completely forward.
Remove the 4 screws retaining the black cover on top
of the heater.
At this stage check that fill. the element wires and
interconnecting wires are fully tightened and that the
fault was not merely a loose connection .
Remove the relevant terminal block cover{s).
Loosen and remove the element wires from the
appropriate connector block.
Remove the nuts and washers holding the faulty
element.
Remove element and fit replacement.
Ensure that the connections are fully tightened,
Reverse the above procedure to re-assemble.
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C. ELECTRICAL TROUBLESHOOTING
In the event that neither the heater nor the pump work, check that your supply is OK. Check that the fuse in
the mains lead if fitted .
If neither the fuse nor the mains supply are faulty then turn off the machine and UNPLUG THE MACHINE
FROM THE ELECTRICAL SUPPLY
Remove the 7 self-tapping screws
Check all the connections to the
retaining the rear panel
inlet receptacle, the fuse holder
and the power switch located in
the inside back of the machine.
Check the internal fuse located in the fuse holder connected to the power inlet and switch. The fuse is 20MM,
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Service / Repair
C. ELECTRICAL TROUBLESHOOTING (cont.)
If the fault still cannot be found then remove the front panel of the machine
Remove the 3 hex socket button screws (with nuts and washer) plus the
Check the pump switch
7 self-tapping screws retaining the front panel.
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If the vacuum pump motor does not run, check the electrical supply. lfthe motor smells strongly of burnt
lacquer then it is probably burnt out and the entire pump\motor assembly needs replacing.
If all the connections are good then the switches can be checked for continuity.
Note: Continuity should be obtained between the top and bottom contacts of the switch not side to side.
If the supply is present but the motor hums and does not run, the capacitor may be faulty or has become
disconnected. Check the connections to the capacitor by carefully removing its black cover.
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0. VACUUM/PRESSURE TROUBLESHOOTING
If the vacuum or pressure appears to be weak or non-existent check the following.
Raise and lock the mould table in
Turn the vacuum on and place
Check the reading you get on the
the up position
your finger over the vacuum hole
vacuum gauge
If the vacuum gauge reading of 22"Hg or higher is Normal. A lower reading indicates poor vacuum where
attention is required.
The possible causes of poor vacuum are:
a)
mould or baseboard is blocking and covering the vacuum hole preventing air flow(*)
b)
Top frame or table seals are worn or damaged and may need replacing.
c)
The mould table, top frame or reducing plates are damaged or distortec:j.
d)
Vacuum table pipe has been disconnected from underside of table.
e)
Vacuum pump filter is blocked.
f)
Vacuum circuit has loose or damaged pipes.
g)
Vacuum valve is blocked.
h)
Pump diaphragm is damaged.
i)
Pump is faulty.
(*) Use the table mesh provided with the machine
E. CLEANING
Ensure the inside of the machine and the heater tray is cleared of dust, dirt and debris. Do not allow dirt and
loose particles to build up, particularly on the heater tray.
F. LUBRICATION
The 300XQ requires minimum lubrication.
Apply general purpose grease to the table guide bars when required to assist with table movement.
Apply a small amount of fine silicone oil or fine oil to the heater slide bars when required to assist free
movement of the heater.
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Spare Parts listing
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2
3
1
1
1
1
1
5
1
1
1
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
4
1
1
1
1
4
1
8
2
1
1
1
5
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
Description
Quartz Heating Element, Zone 2
Quartz Heating Element, Zone 1,3
Quartz heating Element, Zone 4
Heater Cablinq (m)
Heater Cablinq (m)
Heater Cabling (m)
Sleeving HT
Ceramic Terminal Block
Cable chain
Cable chain end Bracket set
Heater handle
Toaale Clamps
Toaale Clamp Nu ti et
Clamp Frame Grip
Crank Handle Knob, 32dia M8 ball
Sprinq, Interlock
5M Seal kit, 5M Top seal, 3m table seal, sealant
10M Seal kit, 10M Top seal, 3m table seal , sealant
Sealant 85ml
Foot
Vacuum Valve, 5/3, 1/4"
Vacuum Pump
1/4" bore PVC tube (m)
3/8" bore PVC tube (m)
1/4" to 6mm Hosetail, Straiqht
1/4" to 10mm Hosetail, Elbow
Pipe Clip for 1/4" pipe
Pipe Clip for 3/8" pipe
Vacuum Gauge
Pump Filter
300XQ Heat Controller I Timer
Knob
Paddle Switch
Mains Inlet & Switch, C20
In line fuse Holder
Fuse 12.5A
Limit Switch
Mains lead, 16A. UK to C19
Mains lead, 16A, Schuko to C19
Label 'Hot Surfaces'
Mesh
Part No
550 Watt SSQ
250 Watt FSQ
300 Watt FSQ
1 .63mm DFGL Bl /Br
1 .5mm SIAF Blue
1.00mm SIFGL Brown
Mar 310
30A Ceramic block
Chain 20012
Brkt 20012
107 Black 300XQ
Toaale Clamp 300XQ
Small Clamp Nutlet M5
300XQ Clamp frame grip
M8 ball knob
Std Interlock sprinq
Seal kit A 300XQ
Seal Kit B 300XQ
Sealant 85ml
Std rubber foot
Std 1/4, 5/3, Lever valve
351 VM 35
Pipe 63/115
Pipe 10/16
468 46 048
469 50 048
ClipC
Clip F
40mm Vac qauqe
Std In-line filter
AG 300XQ CTRL PCB
300XQ CTRL Knob
H11 E
S1821
R1583
R1080
S4562
R6470
S9321
Hot Label
300XQ Mesh
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E C Machinery Directive
2006/42/EC
Declaration of conformity
We hereby certify that the machinery stipulated below complies with all the relevant provisions of the
EC Machinery Directive and the National Laws and regulations adopting this Directive.
Modifications to this machinery without prior approval from the undersigned will render this declaration
null and void.
Machine Description:
Vacuum Forming Machine
Machine Function:
Thermoforming of Plastic Sheet
Model I Type:
300XQ
Serial Number:
Date of Manufacture:
Is in conformity with the provisions of the following other EC Directives:
2004 I 108/EC - EMC
2006 I 95/EC - LVD
Technical File Compiled by: Andrew Berry at address below.
Harmonised standards applied:
EN ISO 12100: 2010
EN 60204 -1 : 2006
EN 12409:
Signed
2008
1l'
Date:
14 February 2011
Name:
Paul Vukovich
Position: Managing Director
Being the responsible person appointed by the manufacturer
Formech International Limited
Unit 4, Thrales End Business Park, Thrales End Lane, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 3NS U.K.
Tel : +44 (0)1582 469797 Fax: +44 (0)1582 469646
Accounts: +44 (0)1582 469028 Email: [email protected]
Registered office as above address . Registered in England Number 2999925 VAT no. GB 604 0796 55
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Formech
forming to perfection
Unit4
Thrafes End Business Park
Thrafes End Lane
Harpenden
Hertfordshire
ALS 3NS
\. +44 (0) 1582 469 797
formech.com
Revised date : 07-11-2012
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