ProForm® Hydro Form Embossing Equipment

Hytech ProForm® is a patented hydroforming technology designed specifically to emboss plastic. The company founders developed the original process in 1980. Although there have been significant improvements to the equipment, the basic hydroform principle is still utilized today. The patented process utilizes pressurized hydraulic oil contained in fluid cell to apply pressure to the substrate to emboss a shape.

 Hydro Form Process Diagram

 The primary advantages of the Hytech ProForm® hydroforming technology are:

  1. Minimum Distortion

The hydro form process applies hydrostatically equalized holding forces to the entire die surface and substrate before forming occurs. These “blank holding” forces are applied first to the non-embossed areas clamping the material and allowing the embossed areas to be embossed without wrinkle.

  1. Better Registration

The hydro form process utilizes one-sided tooling minimizing the opportunity for miss registration between to halves. Pin registration is incorporated into the tooling to insure precise location of graphic to tool. Pin registration also improves sheet-to-sheet repeatability.

  1. Eliminates Thermal Expansion Problems

The hydro form process does not require heat in order to achieve most embossed shapes. This eliminates problems associated with thermal expansion of substrate and tooling. The absence of heat also eliminates the potential damage to ink and/or substrate.

  1. Less Damaging

The one-sided tool combined with the soft diaphragm universal counter die creates less stress on the substrate than traditional match metal embossing tools.

  1. Design Flexibility

Because tooling is one-sided, unique embossing geometries are possible with hydro form that cannot be achieved with traditional tooling. Examples include tactile devices, negative draft angles, dual level and deep draw shapes.

The Latest Hydro Forming Technology from the Original Pioneer

From the company that pioneered the use of hydro forming plastics 30 years ago comes the latest generation hydro form machine. The PF60 offers all the benefits of previous hydro form machines with the added benefit of a heated tool. Significant upgrades to the hydraulic and table drive systems substantially improve reliability and reduce energy consumption by 50%. The PF60 ProForm® combines the proven hydro form embossing process with heated tooling in a more efficient, cost-effective package.

Contact Hytech Forming Systems for Embossing Equipment Today

Contact us to see how ProFrom® can solve you embossing needs.  Call 602-944-1526.