THERMOFORMING
FOR A VARIETY OF PRODUCT DESIGNS

Our thermoforming technologies offer a variety of innovative options to help increase efficiency. Both rolled foils and sheet materials can be used to produce decorative trim parts.

THERMOFORMING TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

Thermoforming and vacuum laminating – innovative solutions for low to medium volumes

Our thermoforming technologies offer a variety of options to help increase efficiency. Both rolled foils and sheet materials can be used to produce decorative trim parts.

During deep drawing, thermoplastic materials are warmed and contour formed. Vacuum laminating, on the other hand, involves heating a TPO or PVC foil and vacuuming it to the substrate, where it is then glued. IMG (in-mold graining) is possible with both processes, meaning the desired grain of the decor is incorporated into the tool shell and imprinted on the surface during the forming process. Most FRIMO machines are capable of having one or more of these processes integrated.

Starting in the development phase, we use 3D simulations and visualization technologies to optimize your series process parameters and shorten start-up times. A variety of patented FRIMO concepts help with energy and material savings. Our extensive standard thermoforming machines can also be equipped with many additional features.

It is important to us that your equipment offers the highest possible operational availability and is ergonomically optimized for your operators, regardless of whether they're producing small or large quantities. You can only satisfy your customers' requirements in the long run with well-engineered processes that are specifically developed to suit your needs.

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THERMOFORMING PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY

FRIMO thermoforming technologies and products

Equipment
  • EcoForm single-station machines
  • EcoVarioForm in-line machines
  • VarioForm in-line machines
  • IMG deep drawing/laminating machines
  • FullFlex machines
  • SheetFed machines
  • Combined IMG-capable thermoforming and vacuum laminating machines
  • In-line machines
  • Multipurpose Machines (MPMs)
  • Rotatory machines
  • Specialty machines
Tooling
  • Deep drawing tools
  • Vacuum laminating tools
  • Vacuum laminating with integrated edge folding (i.e. snap stroke)
  • IMG deep drawing tools
  • IMG vacuum laminating tools
  • Tool change systems
Additional Services
  • 3D Thermofoming Simulation
  • Time Shifted Heat Control (TSHC)
  • FRIMO TechCenter development and services
  • Prototype production
  • Automation systems

THERMOFORMING PRODUCT OVERVIEW

Standard thermoforming machine technology and custom production solutions

SINGLE-STATION THERMOFORMING MACHINES

Proven production solutions for deep drawing and vacuum laminating
  • FRIMO EcoForm for efficient low to medium-volume production
  • FRIMO EcoVarioForm, the compact in-line machine for cycle times of 60-80 seconds
  • FRIMO VarioForm, a flexible production system for cycle times starting at 40 seconds

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IN-LINE MACHINES

Custom production concepts offer added value
  • Several process steps, e.g. punching, embossing, gluing or ultrasonic welding in one machine
  • High productivity and process safety
  • Compact construction with low maintenance requirements
  • Ergonomic operation and part handling

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IMG (IN-MOLD GRAINING) TECHNOLOGY

Efficient production of perfectly grained surfaces
  • No visible grain stretch
  • Various grain areas, technical surfaces, and patterns such as logos can be incorporated
  • Decorative embossing (ex. airbag logo, decorative stitching) can be produced during forming process without additional tooling components
  • Shorter cycle times and fewer tools compared to pour and spray skins

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3D THERMOFORMING SIMULATION

Process optimization from the first step
  • Numerical calculation and optimization of stretch rate, foil thickness, material usage
  • Simulation of various foil materials and part geometries
  • Access to data bank of numerous foil parameters
  • First results presented within 2 weeks
  • Possible reduction of series start-up times by up to 50%

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TIME SHIFTED HEAT CONTROL (TSHC)

The intelligent heating control concept
  • Foil temperature calculations take emitter layouts into account
  • Automatic calculation of clamp frame geometry's influence
  • Heating picture can be changed for each cycle
  • Absolute temperature values entered in the display

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THERMOFORMING APPLICATIONS

FRIMO Thermoforming Technology 

  • Premium surfaces
  • Automotive interior parts
  • Trim parts
  • Integration of airbag logo
  • Faux seams or decorative stitching
  • Different grain zones on one part
  • Instrument panels
  • Door panels
  • Door uppers
  • Armrests
  • Bolster inserts
  • Center consoles
  • Glove box covers
  • Pillar trims
  • Seat panels

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