Printpack Inc. bought a Kiefel Thermorunner KTR 6 L Speed machine that made polypropylene drink cups at NPE2012 in Orlando.
“The machine will be located in our Williamsburg, Va., plant,” said Matthew Piercy, engineering manager for Printpack's rigid plastics division.
Printpack needs more capacity and wants additional functionality in the manufacturing process, Piercy said.
The machine's key selling points for forming yogurt cups, drink cups, cups with snap-on lids or plant pots are “size, speed and rigidity,” said Markus Zlotosch, vice president of sales and service with the Kiefel division of Brückner Group USA Inc. in Portsmouth, N.H. The KTR top-of-the-range 6 L can use high-cavity molds, achieve up to 40 cycles per minute and incorporate downstream equipment.
Printpack decided in October to make the purchase. The company reviewed larger, trim-in-place, tilt-table thermoforming machines, Piercy said.
“After considering technical factors, such as forming area, linear trim, potential throughput and level of innovation, and non-technical factors such as customer service, technical service, willingness to customize the equipment and our history with the vendor, we selected Kiefel's KTR 6 L machine.”
In the Orlando exhibit, Kiefel used a 50-up cup tool in the automatic pressure former and Kiefel's own integrated KIST 78/56 in-line stacking system.
Printpack, however, won't use that stacking system in Williamsburg and declined to disclose whose stacker it has acquired.
Atlanta-based Printpack also makes films for numerous end markets.