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Formech 686 Vacuumform system

The highly advanced and powerful Formech 686 (floor standing) thermoforming machine makes light work of most critical applications.

The Floor standing machines with pre-stretch features provide uniform material thickness for the deep molds while the auto level signals inform the operator when the material is suitable for molding.

The fast responding quartz heating elements with 6 adjustable heating zones provides precisely controlled heating settings for consistent high definition results.

The interactive touchscreen with 20 pre-programmed offers ultimate ease of use.

The Formech 686 machine has a 646 x 620 x 325 mm with a material thickness of up to 6 mm. The machine has a size of 960 x 1165 x 1932 mm and a weight of 260 kgs. The Formech 686 requires an 80 PSI / 5 bar connection to be operational.


Form area: 646 x 620 mm
Plate Size: 686 x 660 mm
Maximum depth draw: 325 mm
Maximum material thickness: 6 mm
Heating zones: 6
Type of heaters: Quartz
Width: 960 mm
Height: 1165 mm
Depth: 1932 mm
Weight: 260 kg
Single Phase Power Requirement: 208-240V / 40A
Europe – 3 Phase Power Requirements: 380-415 / 32A
United States – 3 Phase Power Requirements: 208-220 V / 40A
Energy Consumption: 8.0kW
External air connection: 80 PSI / 5 bar
Type of vacuum forming machine: Floor standing system
Type of product: Vacuum forming machine


5 inch color HMI / PLC interface with memory function
Mitsubishi integrated PLC / HMI with 5 inch color touchscreen control and 20 programmable pre-programs.

Quartz heating with variable standby
Quartz heaters have the advantage of fast response and high efficiency, resulting in time and energy savings.

6 independently controllable heating zones
Six heating zones and Quartz heaters provide fast heat response with an extended control range to form challenging shapes and materials

Power table
Lifts the tool table quickly and accurately and allows fatigue-free work even with heavy tools. Dual controls prevent accidental activation.

Pre-stretch allows the user to pump air into the heated plate, creating an air bubble to prevent material from thinning with deeper tools.

Avoids material sag during the heating cycle and maintains an even distance between the heater and the plate, while providing the user with an audible indication that the material is ready to be formed.

Vacuum gauge
A visual indication of consistent vacuum pressure being applied (pressure in Hg / bar).

Dry rotary vane pump 16m3 / hour
Oil-free and requires minimal maintenance.


Reducing Window

Reduces the forming area to use smaller sheets of material and minimize waste. We offer this in Standard or custom format.

Cooling Fan system
To cool formed material and shorten cycle times.

Reel Feed Unit
Assembly to hold reel materials. Suitable for the Formech 450DT, 508DT, 508FS and 686.

Heating pyrometer
Sensor for accurate feedback of the blade temperature and for returning heaters when target temperature is reached (except on the 686 and 1372 where it gives a digital readout). Emergency air storage tank provides cooling continuity on shutdown to protect the pyrometer.

Cooling Bolster
A water-cooled plate to instantly cool and control the aluminum tool temperature for consistent and faster cycle times. Chillers optional.

Vacuum flow regulator
Accurately controls the vacuum flow when a greater degree of control is required in demanding applications.

Mobility wheels
With 6 locking wheels you can safely move the machine from one area to another.

Vacuum receiver tank
A vacuum tank that provides instant stored vacuum for demanding materials and shorter cycle times.

Spare parts Kit
A consumable kit, usually with seals, elements, filter, fuses, tension clips.


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