PT ZONE: Thermoforming

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Optimizing Thin-Gauge Sheet for In-Line Thermoforming

Processing thin-gauge sheet for in-line thermoforming poses unique challenges. Here’s how to cope with them.

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Swiss Thermoforming Machine Maker Sets Up U.S. Operations to Tap North American Market

A Swiss maker of complete thermoforming lines is taking another crack at the North American market, setting up sales, service and R&D in Wisconsin, with plans to exhibit at Pack Expo and NPE2015.

TESTING: Fully-Automated Water Vapor Transmission Rate Tester for Packaging

Mocon's new tester is said to be the first-ever, fully-automated WVTR unit for packaging and other barrier structures.

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OVERVIEW:
Thermoforming

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In this process, plastic sheet is heated to a pliable forming temperature then shaped into a part by a male and female mold with the help of a vacuum. Thermoforming can be categorized into thin- and thick-gauge. The former is for packaging applications such cups, trays, lids and clamshells. Thick-gauge thermoformed parts include refrigerator door liners and truck-bed liners.


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