The machines ships in two separate modules. Upon setting in the permanent location, mate together with the forming station module and the heater module.

  1. On each side where they mate, you will see two markings showing a triangle plate. Install the 4 plates, two on each side.
  2. There is also a plate on top of the front beam of the heater module that attaches to the forming module and needs to be installed.
  3. There are two shafts that need to be installed in the oven section for the clamping frame. These shafts get secured to the machine by a pillow block in the back of the oven and they need to be bolted to the aluminum profile that sticks out of the forming station. The ¼-20 screw bolts from to the bottom of the rail into the drilled shaft.
  4. For shipping purposes on the section of the shafts that are located in the forming station module towards the front close to the bearing we have placed a shaft collar on each side and they need to be removed, they are clearly marked remove.
  5. We removed the two top cylinders that drive the top platen. They need to be installed at the marked location on the top of the forming station using the four screws left on the frame.
  6. The rod end of the cylinders needs to be connected to the aluminum brackets mounted on the top platen. Once you’ve done that, connect the blue air hoses to the cylinders ports.
  7. For shipping purposes we removed the cooling fans, you can reinstall them at the middle cross member of the forming station module. There are four screws showing location.
  8. The operator interface needs to be mounted to the bracket on the front of the forming machine. Also, you will need to bolt down the bracket with the limit switch onto the middle horizontal member of the forming station.
  9. Looking from the operator side towards the main electrical enclosure you will see towards the bottom of the side of the machine a white or cream-colored valves manifold. You will see that there is a multi-pin connector on the side. From the main enclosure, there is a white multi-conductor cable that needs to be connected to the manifold.
  10. From the main air regulator on the back of the machine, there is a blue air hose that supplies air to the manifold, this hose needs to be connected to the manifold.
  11. There is also a grey cable that comes from the blue photocell that controls the material sag. On the side of the main electrical enclosure, there is a Romex connector without a cable. Run the grey cable thru it and connect it to the terminal block inside the enclosure marked connect here the sag photocell. The terminals are color coded as well as the wire on the grey cable, connect color to color.
  12. We have also shipped with the machine a second electric photocell that in the future can be used to control the pre-draw vacuum in a pre-draw box mounted on the bottom platen. Connect it to the terminals marked vacuum photocell besides the sag terminals using the same color-coded sequence of terminals and wire of the grey cable.
  13. From the main electrical enclosure, there are 4 grey cables with a connector at the end. They are numbered. They connect to the valves that control the vacuum and air eject valves. The body of the valves have the corresponding numbers. This valves tree is located on the left-hand side of the machine looking from the operator side.

Air connection: In the back of the machine, besides the electrical cabinet there is a filter regulator, you connect your air supply to it, maintain at all times an air pressure not less than 60 PSI.

The vacuum pump is mounted on top of the receiver. Position it at a location where is convenient for you. From the motor there is a power cord, connect it to the three grey terminals inside the main enclosure marked connect pump here.

On the vacuum and air eject tree of the machine, there are three 1.5″ male aluminum body connectors, one on the top facing up, directly opposite one facing down. These supply air and vacuum to the top and bottom platen. The third one at the end of the white PVC pipe using the vacuum hose and quick disconnects supplied, connect it to the tank.

Electrical connection: open the main electrical cabinet. On the top left-hand side, there is a power distribution block, connect to it your 240, 3 phase power supply. Before you turn power on to the machine check the transformer on the bottom right-hand side of the cabinet is wired correctly, meaning high voltage going in, 120 going out.

On the side of the main electrical cabinet, there are three selector switches, on-off with their corresponding indicating lights. The top one turns power on to the machine, the second downturns on the heaters, the third downturns on the vacuum pump.

To test the machine, make sure the air is connected.

Turn on the power on selector switch (top one).

To test the rotation of the vacuum pump, briefly turn on the third selector switch (Vacuum pump on). On the side of the vacuum tank, there is a vacuum gauge. The needle of the gauge should move up, counterclockwise. If the needle does not move, then you need to swap two of the power feeding wires. You can do it at the bottom of the pump overload protector. This one is the furthest to the right and is the only one with 3 poles and wire black, red, and white coming out of it. Before you do that make sure power has been disconnected from the wall.