What's said to be the largest continuous roll-fed thermoformer in the world has found use producing 32-oz PP cold-drink cups in 144 cavities. The Low Flex 6.0 from Thermoforming Systems LLC, Union Gap, Wash., was introduced at the NPE 2006 show in Chicago. It has a forming area of 65 x 67 in. and produces more than 90,000 of the 32-oz cups/hr. It runs in-line with extrusion throughput of almost 10,000 lb/hr. The machine can operate at forming air pressures above 100 psi, making containers with up to 9-in draw depth. It operates with a Version 6.0 HD horizontal trim press, which has a heavier frame and fourpoint platen drive that increase trim force while maintaining parallelism through platen strokes up to 14 in. The press has servo feed, servo part eject, servo shut-height adjustment, and side tool loading. Tel: (509) 454-4578 . www.tslusa.biz
1601 W. Pine St. Union Gap, WA 98903-9502
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