Irwin Research & Development of Yakima, WA at K 2019 in Düsseldorf -- K Trade Fair
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Irwin Research & Development

2601, West j Street, 98902 Yakima, WA
Telephone +1 509 494-1400
Fax +1 509 248-3503

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K 2019 hall map (Hall 3): stand B30

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K 2019 fairground map: Hall 3

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.01  Processing technologies
  • 02.01.011  Parts made by thermoforming

Parts made by thermoforming

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.01  Machines and equipment for preprocessing and recycling
  • 03.01.003  Size reduction equipment (crushers, shredders, grinders)

Size reduction equipment (crushers, shredders, grinders)

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.03  Post processing machines and downstream equipment
  • 03.03.001  Thermoforming machines
  •  Thermoforming machines for films

Thermoforming machines for films

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.06  Moulds and dies
  • 03.06.006  Moulds


Our products

Product category: Thermoforming machines for films


Material Index
Maximum Chain Speed      200"/sec.(3734mm)
Sheet Width
Model 50     52" (1321mm) Roll Stock, 50" (1270mm) Inline
Model 44    46" (1168mm) Roll Stock, 44" (1117mm) Inline
Model 36    40" (1016mm) Roll Stock, 38" (965mm) Inline

Heat Tunnel
Length     120"-240" (3048-6096mm)
Heating Element   Standard: Cal Rod Optional: Quartz
Temperature Control   Standard dual control with slaved zones Option PID Control: +2 at 600°F +1 at 316° C

Maximum Mold Size
Model 50    50" (1270mm) wide x 50" (1270mm) long
Model 50    44" (1117mm) wide x 50" (1270mm) long
Model 50    38" (965mm) wide x 50" (1270mm) long

Depth of Draw   Max.: 7.50" (191mm)
Press Rating      250,000 pounds (1112KN)
Shut Height       Standard: 25" (635mm)
Platen Travel     Max.: 8.5"(216mm) Min. 3.5" (89mm)

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Product category: Thermoforming machines for films


Material Index
Maximum Chain Speed    150"/Sec. (3810mm/sec)
Sheet Width                            60" Maximum (1524mm)
                                                   Minimum 30" (762mm)
Cut Off Knife                         Optional (Entrance and Exit)

Heat Tunnel
Length                                    200" (5080mm)
Heating Element                5/8" (16mm) Diameter Cal Rods.
                                                  Quartz Panels Optional
Temperature Control      B&R Automation
                                                 +2  at 600  F +1 at 316  C


Sheet Width                       60" Maximum (1524mm)
                                                Minimum 30" (762mm)
Maximum Mold Size       56" Wide (1422mm) Wide x 60" (1524mm)
Depth of Draw                   31/2" (90mm)
Press Rating                       80 Tons
Shut Height                       14" (356mm) Maximum
Platen Travel                     61/2" (165mm) Maximum Top Platen
                                                61/2" (165mm) Maximum Bottom Platen

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Product category: Thermoforming machines for films


Material Index
Chain Rail Type              50 Chain/Stainless body
Chain Rail Preheater   Optional
Sheet Stretch                 52" Inch Tool .5" (51" Tool and Smaller 1.5")
In Forming Area           (50.5" Tool and Smaller 2.0")

*Pneumatic operated to allow for sheet to heat up and stretch, therefore allowing the chain rails to feed through
without stalling the drive in solid sheet.

Web Advance             140" Per Second

Heat Tunnel
Length                                  220"
Heating Elements           Quartz, Cal Rod optional
Electrical Service            600 AMPS 480 Volt
Temperature Control     Standard Siemens Simotion CPU-425-2(3) Heat Control
Max Sheet Width            55"
Max Sheet Gauge           .150
Max Tool Size                   52" x 52"
Top Platen Travel            9"
Bottom Platen Travel    9"
Maximum Former Tonnage  200 TONS
Top Split                           18"      
Bottom Split                   15"
Shut Height                     33"
Servo Adjustable  
Shut Height                    Max Stroke 3/8" Standard
Dry Cycle Time             54 cycles
Vacuum Servo Valve  Optional
Platen Drive                  Separate Servo Drives
Third Motion                Optional
Compressed Air
Consumption              10 CFM@100 PSI Excluding Tooling Volume Needed

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About us

Company portrait

Irwin Research and Development is located in Yakima, Washington in the United States. All of our facilities are housed in a multi-building complex, in a common industrial park. A new building in 2005 added 34,000 square feet to our complex.
The company's largest investment lies in the machine shop which features numerous modern CNC machining centers, plasma arc stations, EDM machines, grinders, welding facilities, etc.
The machine shop produces all the manufactured components for the thermoformers, "Chesaws", and tooling sets.
This valuable asset gives us the ability to provide quality parts on demand for the machines and tools in production, as well as providing for any emergency replacement parts that are not available from stock. We also have the ability to bring our new design concepts to fruition in a timely fashion thereby getting the new technologies to the customer more quickly.