PT ZONE: Thermoforming

Rockin’ Reunion For Alumni of World’s First, Biggest Thermoformer
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Food Packaging Should Remain Strong

But industrial markets could slip.

May’s Index: 52.1

Large and mid-sized processors doing particularly well.

THERMOFORMING: Next-Generation Formers For Packaging

New machine line can form a gamut of materials.

April’s Index: 48.2

Larger plants doing much better. Capital spending plans jump.

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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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