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Thermoforming Plastics Advances - Pressure Is On!

SpecialChem / Donald Rosato – Jun 14, 2011

Plastic thermoforming advances are flourishing from custom through captive to specialty processing segments. Accuform SRO has developed T-SIM, a thermoforming simulation software package. Profile Plastics' unconventional vacuum forming machine from Geiss was one of the first halogen heated, in-line closed-chamber-style machines. Berry Plastics Corporation's purchase of Landis Plastics Inc. has turned out over time to bring Berry a larger injection molding/packaging base and polypropylene thermoforming technology. Kintz Plastics' customized in-house, four-station rotary machine dubbed "jumbo," NA's largest machine makes parts of up to 9 x 13 x 5 ft from a single sheet of plastic. Penda's transportation tonneau covers, twin sheet formed with embedded aluminum honeycomb reinforcement, create a strong sandwich structure 60% lighter than fiberglass composite. Kaysersberg Plastics twin sheet thermoforming technology has found applications in materials handling, agriculture, leisure, marine, telecommunications, defense, and automotive. Associated Thermoforming has evolved Technical Twin-Sheet thermoforming using a wide range of higher performance TPU, PC, and FR ABS to meet significantly higher tolerances in trim and molding. Shepherd Thermoforming innovated with the Bee-O-Pac plastic packaging system as a completely new way for beekeepers to harvest comb honey from their beehives with a minimum of labor and expense. Amcor's aluminum-based pharmaceutical thermoforming blister foils provide child resistance characteristics. Klöckner Pentaplast has a CAD simulation tool for thermoforming pharmaceutical blister packages. Sealed Air Medical has an innovative thermoformed sterilized blood draw process kit tray.

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