There are many things you can do to save on the running costs of a
vacuum forming machine and I will try and explain them below.
One of the biggest savings that is available is
Air Regeneration, this simply joins the nose and
tail of cylinders together allowing gravity to lower your Drape Table
and/or Clamp frame.
Thus saving you the air needed to do this pneumatically, savings
thousands of pounds in the power needed to generate the compressed air
in the first place.
Savings from £200 - £2000 per year are obtainable depending on the
machine size and cylinders fitted.
Fitting costs also vary with machine size typically for drape and clamp
frame regeneration it would cost £750-£1100 dependent on size and
Watermist is a very easy option to fit to most machines and basically
water is atomised as it leaves the watermist gun this water then
evaporates before touching to the material chilling the air down, this
will lower your cooling times saving you operator costs and power while
the heaters are in the rest position. Costs from £850
HEATER CONTROLS and ELEMENTS
New Triac heater element controllers are more efficient at controlling
the temperature of the elements, switching OFF and ON five times per
second allow much better control of the elements
Quartz elements heat up much faster than ceramic elements this means in
the rear position you can turn them down by up to 85% saving lots of
power. This rapid heating up also saves warm-up time.