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Published: 5/1/2006

Barrier Soup Cup Gives Long Shelf Life
Huhtamaki Consumer Goods in Portadown, U.K., has developed a new single-serve barrier container for soup that features a novel heat-insulating design and meets shelf-life requirements of up to 20 months.

Published: 5/1/2006

Vacuum Lifter Helps Demold Large Parts
The VT Series tube lifter from Anver Corp., Hudson, Mass., enables one person to remove large, bulky thermoformed parts from the mold.

Published: 4/1/2006

Large-Part Thermoformers Headed to GE's Labs
GE Plastics, Pittsfield, Mass., has contracted Germany's Geiss AG (U.S. office in Elk Grove Village, Ill.) to build two advanced thermoforming machines to expand the use of GE's engineering thermoplastics in large parts.

Published: 3/1/2006

'Pre-distortion' System Aids Printing On Deep-Draw Formed Parts
When printing images on sheet to be thermoformed into signs, retail displays, packaging, or consumer products, graphic designers must take into account the optical distortion that will occur when the flat printed image is formed into a 3D surface.

Published: 2/1/2006

Soft-Touch Olefin Skin Laminate Is Recyclable
Solvay Engineered Polymers (now known as LyondellBasell Advanced Polyolefins), Auburn Hills, Mich., has developed one of the first thermoformable laminates for soft-touch auto and marine interior skins that is recyclable.

Published: 2/1/2006

Quick-Response Heaters for Cut-Sheet Machines
New quartz panel heaters from Solar Products Inc., Pompton Lakes, N.J., are said to provide fast response for cut-sheet formers that change jobs frequently.

Published: 1/1/2006

In-line Former Targets Deep-Draw Applications
The new 2500G2 continuous, in-line thermoformer from Sencorp Inc., Hyannis, Mass., is a heavy-duty unit for deep-draw packaging.

Published: 1/1/2006

Infrared Thermometer Has Video Capability
A new infrared sensor offers enhanced capabilities that could be useful for measuring sheet temperature in thermoforming.

Published: 12/1/2005

New Acetal Copolymer Sheet For Thermoforming
Penn Fibre, Div. of Ensinger, Bensalem, Pa., has introduced a line of thermoformable acetal copolymer sheets based on Celcon TF resins from Ticona LLC, Florence, Ky.

Published: 12/1/2005

Five-Axis CNC Router Is 40% Faster
A new five-axis CNC router from Thermwood, Dale, Ind., is said to trim 3D parts 40% faster than standard CNC routers.