Redesigned System Boosts Productivity
Illig’s upgraded thermoformer boasts premium performance with less energy.
What is said to be one of the most powerful thermoforming systems currently available, the fourth generation RDM 76K automatic roll-fed machine features PH 76 handling and downstream automation, including sleeving and case packing systems from Illig (U.S. office in Indianapolis, Ind.)
The completely redesigned double-servo drive of this production system reportedly ensures shorter movement times and faster cycle speeds up to 42 cpm. Deep-draw parts (up to 255 mm/10 in.) such as stadium cups can be produced thanks to improved plug-drive technology. By using a center support for the lower machine table, Illig reportedly has increased the closing force by 50% to 900 kN. As a result, the available cutting length is also increased by up to 50%, allowing a wider range of parts to be produced.
In this fourth generation system, Illig also improved the material handling system. The electronic parallelism setting of upper and lower table reduces process setting times which adds to higher availability. The integrated tool block change system reportedly reduces tooling times to less than one hour. Even with an extended oven, the total length of the line is reduced compared to the previous series, due to the integration of the newly-designed PH 76 product handling device which allows direct interlinkage with different end packaging solutions.
According to Illig, production and energy-related improvements with this fourth generation RDM 76Kb are impressive. Compared to previous generations, the company has found that the RDM76Kb uses 33% less energy and reduces scrap rates by almost 5%.
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