GN Thermoforming Equipment said its tools-specific heater platen offers high output, better product clarity and quicker tool changeovers for large-volume applications.
GN is pitching it as a first for contact-heat, cut-in-place thermoforming machines. The platen is designed to match a specific tool by pre-engineering the heater and air channel locations within the platen. Each dedicated platen has a specific cut plate that matches the design of the tool cutting die. An air channel is located in the platen within 1 millimeter of where the cutting die touches the cutting plate, so a high volume of forming air can reach each cavity.
Depending on the thermoformed product, the dedicated heater platen can cut cycle time by 20-30 percent, the company said. Because of the quicker forming times, the parts have greater clarity and more-consistent material distribution.
The tool-specific heater platen adds $12,000 to $18,000 per tool set, but GN said the investment can easily be recouped from higher production rates.
GN said the thermoforming heater platen is being used in North American for food-packaging applications.
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