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Published: 7/1/2009

Larger 3- or 4-Station PET Former
The new FFG 920-ADV machine from Amut SpA in Italy (North American office in Woodbridge, Ont.) is the largest so far in Amut’s FFG series of in-line formers, which use “plug-and-play” tooling for complete tool changes in under 30 m...

Published: 7/1/2009

Acrylic Sheets Now In Multi-Color Laminates
WEB EXCLUSIVE Laminated combinations of acrylic sheets in different colors, or clear and colored, are new available from Acrilex, Inc., Jersey City, N.J.

Published: 7/1/2009

New Sheets of TPO and Recycled PETG
WEB EXCLUSIVE Spartech Corp., St.

Published: 7/1/2009

Adding Muscle to an ‘Economy’ Machine
The upgraded Ecoformer KMV 53E in-line vacuum former from Kiefel GmbH in Germany (U.S. office in Hampton, N.H.), has considerably higher forming pressure and slightly larger forming area than its predecessor, model KMV 50.

Published: 4/1/2009

Thermoforming Heat-Resistant PLA 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.

Published: 4/1/2009

Medical Tray Has ‘Safe Edges’
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.

Published: 4/1/2009

New Looks in Acrylic Sheet
WEB EXCLUSIVE Two new aesthetic effects in formable acrylic sheet were introduced by Acrilex, Inc., Jersey City, N.J.

Published: 3/1/2009

First 3D Induction Welding For Sheets and Composites
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.

Published: 3/1/2009

PET Sheet Contains Up to 25% PCR
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.

Published: 2/1/2009

New Copolyester In Sheet for Signs
Plaskolite Inc., Columbus, Ohio, is now offering thermoformable sheet of Eastman Chemical’s new proprietary Tritan copolyester for signage.