Thermoforming Systems LLC of Union Gap, Wash., said an undisclosed customer has begun producing 32-ounce polypropylene soft drink cups on its first two Low Flex 6.0 thermoforming machines.
The machines have a forming area of 65 inches by 67 inches. They can run more than 90,000 of the cups an hour, running in-line with an extruder that pumps through 9,000 pounds of material an hour.
The Low Flex design allows thermoformers to use greater tonnage, widen the process window and use advanced techniques such as coining on a large-bed thermoformer.
The machine can operate with air pressure of more than 1,000 pounds per square inch to turn out containers as deep as 9 inches.
Thermoforming Solutions also offers the Version 6.0 horizontal trim press, with a heavier frame design and a four-point platen drive. That allows for a significant increase in trim tonnage, while maintaining parallel platens through strokes up to 14 inches. The press integrates design features such as servo pick feed, servo parts eject, servo adjust shut height and side trim tool loading.