Ridat Co., a British thermoforming equipment supplier, is benefiting from a string of recent orders from home and abroad, in part thanks to the introduction of upgraded machine models.
Neath, Wales-based Ridat, which last year switched production from London to a bigger plant in South Wales, sold an upgraded fully automatic, reel-fed 3035 ATF thermoforming machine to light bulb manufacturer Steaua Electrica SA of Fieni, Romania.
Previously, Steaua employed a Ridat 1518 24-station conveyor sealer to seal imported preformed blisters onto preprinted backing card. This meant keeping large blister stocks and the resulting problem of constantly trying to match stock with product demand changes.
Another company to install Ridat's machine is automotive component thermoformer Daventry Thermoforming Ltd. of Daventry, England.
``We already have three 3035 ATFs from the Ridat stable,'' said Daventry managing director Diane Hodgson, who found the machine's high speed and large thermoforming area particularly valuable. The firm invested around US$102,000 to add the new equipment.
Daventry's improved 15-cycle-per-minute machine offers the molder upgraded specifications that allow easier work changes, saving valuable changeover time, according to Dipak Sen Gupta, Ridat managing director.
In recent months, Ridat also has supplied a number of its Midmatic vacuum forming machines to customers in the Czech Republic, Romania, India and Egypt, as well as in Britain.
One recent customer is Hamilton Plastic Packaging Ltd. of Northampton, England, which produces packaging including clamshells and blisters. It serves the dry foods, cosmetics, toiletries, toys, stationery and automotive industries.
Hamilton, a long-time Ridat client, had switched to more automatic German-supplied machines, but returned to Ridat to buy its 3624 Midmatic model.
``We chose the Midmatic because it gives us quick turnaround and flexibility, which is particularly important to trade formers in these highly competitive times,'' said Hamilton's sales manager Mohammed Khan.