PT ZONE: Thermoforming

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. More (+)
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. More (+)


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Family-Owned Thermoformer Continues to Flourish

By adding technology, home-grown tooling, and automation, industrial thermoformer C&K Plastics has grown while getting its costs under control.

THERMOFORMING Vertical Puncher, Stacker For Formed Trays, Lids

Cycles up to 120/min.

THERMOFORMING: New Cooling Technology Offers Faster Cycles

System may also permit lower mold temperatures for even faster cycles while reducing the machine’s energy consumption.

Mergers in Extrusion, Thermoforming

Brown Machine, Lyle Industries team up. Also NDC and Beta LaserMike.

What Processors Are Doing To Bridge the Skills Gap

Seasoned technicians are leaving, and replacing them with youngsters is a challenge. But some processors have taken dramatic initiatives to change how young people think about manufacturing and are bringing the next generation into the fold.

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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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