Thermoforming: Sustainability, Digitization on Display
At K 2019, Illig will be presenting a number of new developments in both their tool and machine business segments. Among them is the new, designed-for-recycling plastic-cardboard combination pack. Called IML-T Cardboard, it can be decorated on both sides and features a plastic inlay that easily separates from the outer cardboard layer. This packaging solution can be produced on all Illig IML-T machine lines and offers new possibilities of decorating in thermoforming, the company says.
Illig will also demonstrate cups made of rPET with easily separable paper labels on its new IC-RDKL 80 system. The machine builder will also showcase the new IC-RDM 76K thermoforming system, which Illig says features unprecedented performance with a completely new drive system and significantly more closing force. The machine will be producing drinking cups made of recycled PET.
Moreover, Illig will be showcasing developments in digitization in thermoforming at K 2019 that aim to significantly increase the overall availability and threby the productivity of its systems. Illig Connectivity securely connects the customer's thermoforming production systems into his network, enabling them to be better integrated into his value-added chain. Connectivity optimizes job and process control, and facilitates data exchange, logging and archiving.
Newly available cast sheet and thermoforming grades of Mirel biobased polymers open up a new range of applications in containers and other formed parts where renewable content and biodegradability are desired.
Polylactic acid (PLA) resins are made from 100% renewable resources such as corn, sugar beets, or sugarcane.
SolVin has developed technology that allows production of what are said to be the world’s first PVC long- or continuous-fiber composites.