Canada-based GN Thermoforming Equipment has forayed into the form/cut/stack thermoforming market with the launch of GN800 machine.
The GN800 has been developed in collaboration with Italy-based industrial equipment supplier Agripak that manufactured and sold such machines until 2003.
GN has purchased the rights of Agripak's original machine design and added new features to it based on inputs from customers and tool makers.
The firm, which is targeting the food, medical, and industrial packaging sectors, has sold the first unit to a European processor for producing PET sealed containers.
GN marketing manager Jerome Romkey said: "Our strategy was to adapt and enhance Agripak's proven technology to meet the requirements of today's processors and gain a strong foothold in this highly attractive market.
"We used their proven design, and combined it with GN's own proven technologies."
With a forming area of 800mm x 570mm (31.5in x 22.4in), the GN800 can form 150mm above and below the sheet line. Its cutting force of the forming and cutting stations is 75 tons.
Besides, the machine offers an additional space between the forming and cutting stations, providing extra cooling time.
The GN800 also flaunts an oven four times the index length of the forming area, armed with solar heaters. It has independent top and bottom servo-plug drives.
The thermoforming machine is capable of dealing with widths up to 880mm and running sheet thicknesses between 0.25mm and 1.5mm. All thermoformable grades of PET, OPS, HIPS, PLA, PP, and PVC could be processed with it.
Canada-based GN Thermoforming manufactures roll-fed thermoformers for the production of high-quality plastic packaging.