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.
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.
Plaskolite Inc., Columbus, Ohio, is now offering thermoformable sheet of Eastman Chemical’s new proprietary Tritan copolyester for signage.
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.
Decorative laminated polycarbonate sheet for aircraft interiors is new from Boltaron Performance Products LLC, Newcomerstown, Ohio.