WEB EXCLUSIVE Two new aesthetic effects in formable acrylic sheet were introduced by Acrilex, Inc., Jersey City, N.J.
Plastic Ingenuity in Cross Plains, Wis., which operates five thermoforming plants and builds its own machines, has patented pressure-forming tools that round the edges of medical trays.
A technique for crystallizing polylactide (PLA) biopolymer trays to make them more heat resistant was disclosed in a recent patent application by NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka, Minn.
New rigid PET fillm and sheet from Invista Polymer and Resins, Wichita, Kan., contains up to 25% post-consumer recycled content and boasts color, clarity, and processability equivalent to 100% virgin APET for thermoformed food packaging.
Kuka Systems in Germany has developed an induction welding head and accompanying software that allow a 6-axis robot to bond hollow 3D thermoformed shells.
Plaskolite Inc., Columbus, Ohio, is now offering thermoformable sheet of Eastman Chemical’s new proprietary Tritan copolyester for signage.
Reynolds Packaging KAMA, the sheet extrusion division of Reynolds Food Packaging, Hazleton, Pa., will produce thermoformable sheet made of Cereplast Inc.’s starch-based biodegradable resins.
Klockner Pentaplast GmbH in Germany, a global producer of thin sheet for thermoformed packaging, is introducing an unusual “intelligent” rigid film for trays.
A novel thermoforming process developed by LRM Industrial LLC, Rockledge, Fla., a joint venture of Nova Chemicals and Envirokare Tech Inc., makes large parts in one step without roll stock or cut sheet.
A new servo-driven inline former from Modern Machinery of Beaverton Inc., Beaverton, Mich., reportedly delivers high repeatability and 50% faster cycles than pneumatic/hydraulic units.