Thermoforming machinery manufacturers unveiled new machines at NPE2009, many of which featured servo motors for high-speed operation and trim-in-place capability.
OMV Machinery srl of Verona, Italy, showed its new F33 machine, a fully electrical machine designed for multi-row tools. It also features in-mold trimming.
The F33's forming area is 33 inches by 9 inches. It can take sheet thicknesses from 0.01 inch up to 0.9 inch. Maximum forming depth is 9 inches.
At the OMV booth, the F33 made 5.5-gram polystyrene yogurt cups with a 3-inch diameter. Using a 27-cavity mold, OMV says the machine can make 61,500 yogurt cups per hour at a rate of 38 cycles per minute.
As well as its fast speed, the F33 is an easy-to-use machine designed with flexible operations in mind. It was conceived to process all types of thermoplastics and co-extruded sheet.
Commodore Technology LLC, the specialist in thermoform machinery for expanded foam packaging, showed its new SX-44 thermoformer and trim press.
Brad Braddon, president of the Bloomfield, N.Y.-based company, highlighted the SX-44's new servo-motor-driven moving platen. He said Commodore is particularly targeting emerging economies with its new machine.
The machine is the largest in the SX range, capable of forming sheet with widths from 32-46 inches. Other SX machines have a maximum sheet width of 30 inches.
Maximum dry cycling rate for the SX-44 is 40 cycles per minute. Maximum forming depth is 2.75 inches.
GN Thermoforming Equipment, based in Chester, Nova Scotia, displayed its new GN3021DX machine with servo-driven platen. The model has a 30 inches by 21 inches forming area, and complements the larger GN3625DX machine which has a 36 inches by 25 inches forming area.
The in-mold cutting system can trim up to 335 inches for amorphous PET and 375 inches for other materials. Forming depth has a maximum limit of 5 inches. Dry cycling rate is 25 per minute at its maximum.
Lyle Industries of Beaverton, Mich., promoted a new thermoformer and trim press control and drive system called Informer 2. After a nine-month selection process, Lyle decided to work with Vernon Hills, Ill.-based Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc. for the new controller. The unit uses solid state microprocessing, which the company believes may be the first of its type.
Among the machinery Lyle promoted from its booth was the FMT Series of thermoformers with trim stations. The largest in the range is the 140FMT, which can take molds up to 40 inches by 40 inches. The machine can achieve 45 dry cycles per minute.
Gabler Thermoform GmbH & Co., based in Lubeck, Germany, presented its capabilities in thermoforming machinery from the Lyle booth. The M-Line range of machines have a tilting lower tool and a menu-assisted Quick Mold Change system for tools and format sets.
The M98 machine is the largest in the range and has a forming area of 31.5 inches by 21.7 inches. Gabler says performance of the M98 is 50 cycles per minute.
Maac Machinery Corp. of Carol Stream, Ill., highlighted the next generation of its Comet range of thermoforming machines. These are available in single station, double ender or rotary formats.
Rotaries come standard with multi-zoned top and bottom ceramic ovens. Single-station machines have instant on/off quartz heater elements designed to reduce electricity consumption.
The NPE show was held June 22-26 at Chicago's McCormick Place.
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