Modern Machinery is presenting a vac-forming shuttle machine at the 2018 SPE Thermoforming Conference in Fort Worth, TX. The machine is a Model 3648SS, which can accommodate a maximum tool size of 36" x 48". The Former has electrically powered Top & Bottom platens with encoder-controlled positioning, along with an electrically powered shuttle car. The machine features Modern's '4-Way Adjustable Clamp Frames', which allow quick change-over and are constructed of the most robust design on the market. A Quartz IR oven provides the heating with 650-watt heaters, zoned with (3) elements per zone and an IR sensor for monitoring sheet temperature. The vacuum system is controlled with servo-actuated vacuum valves, a 3HP Busch vac-pump, and a 320-gallon reservoir.
Modern completes our facility expansion and moves into the 12,000 square foot assembly area. The new expansion was built with 40 foot side walls to accomodate the ever increasing size of new equipment, and to allow the integration of an overhead crane. The overhead crane has several benefits including safety, improved productivity, and reduced rigging costs. The building expansion is expected to increase Modern's capacity by 30-40%.
Modern is proud to announce the hiring of Mr. Daniel Smith to the position of Program Manager. Dan brings over 40 years of process thermoforming experience to Modern. In his new role Dan will be responsible for managing key projects from award through installation, and will be a valuable asset interfacing with our clients.
Fast forward to the present, about 20 miles away from Beaverton, at Mid Michigan Community College in Harrison, where Steven Fosgard runs the plastics technology program, which is about to graduate its first class of students in May. He was hired in 2013 to design the program with seed money from a highly coveted $714,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
Fosgard worked in injection molding and quality assurance before getting into education. He turned to the plastics businesses in the area for input about the certificate and associate-degree programs to be offered and three businesses in particular about equipment.
“Even though we teach all of the major processes, our focus is thermoforming,” Fosgard said. “We have a very unique machine. It is the only one in existence and the only one that will ever be in existence. It was built by all three machine manufacturers of Beaverton for our students. It was a collaboration of Modern Machinery, Brown Machine and Lyle Industries.”