As an instructor, the E & D 1218 Thermoformer manufactured by E & D Engineering Systems provided me with a machine that is not only industry quality, but also gives me the capabilities to show the students the effects that heat & time have on a plastics manufacturing process. The grated viewing area allows students to see exactly what happens with the plastic sheets during the heating phase of the process. This feature is beneficial as it gives me the opportunity to apply the theories we learn in the classroom to a manufacturing setting. Students can also learn how important it is for proper orientation, heating time, temperature, and sheet thickness can have on a finished product.
The overall capabilities for a compact, yet production ready, machine is most impactful for me and my students. The transferable knowledge of processing from the control system to larger machines is incredible. Students are able to diagnose problems, explore new methods and perfect a cycle prior to transferring that information and data to larger, more complex control systems. Whether we are processing a product that requires a plug assist or doing a deep draw on a thin gauge material, students get the knowledge, skills, abilities and experience that can they can take with them as they pursue their careers.
I would recommend the 1218 Thermoformer to any school or program that is looking for a reliable, compact, industry capable plastics processing machine.