GN Thermoforming Equipment, a manufacturer of roll-fed, in-mold cut thermoforming machines, will showcase its GN760 plug-assist thermoformer for high-output production of PET lids for the food service market. The machine demonstration is the primary focus of GN’s presentation at NPE 2015: The International Plastics Showcase, March 23-27 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

At NPE (Booth 5583), GN Thermoforming will discuss the growing use of the GN760 plug-assist model for lid manufacturing in the U.S. Originally developed for production of bakery and meat containers due to its low scrap rate, the GN760  has now emerged as a highly viable option for lids for food service applications.

“We’ve perfected the process to meet the production requirements of U.S. manufacturers,” said Jerome Romkey, GN’s Marketing Manager. “The volumes with our machine are attractive to U.S. manufacturers, thus presenting us with a new market opportunity.”

The cut-in-place machine will demonstrate a 20-up tool for PET lids that measure 5-in (123-mm) in diameter, running at 28 cycles/min and producing 725,000 lids per day (approximately five million lids per week).

Since its entry into the market, the GN760 has made inroads in the food packaging industry. Amid today’s rising cost of materials and the increased focus on sustainability, GN has developed innovative tooling technology which significantly reduces skeletal web scrap from approximately 30% to 18% when compared to typical form-cut-stack machines.

“With the escalating price of resins today and the need to reduce environmental footprint, our GN760 plug-assist thermoformer and novel common-edge tooling gives processors an important edge to improve their profitability,” said Romkey.

The machine’s significant scrap rate reduction is a major selling point with thermoformers, according to Romkey. Consequently, GN’s successful initial launch has resulted in machine sales to customers in the U.S., Canada, Poland, Russia, South Africa, and Mexico. Most of these thermoformers are producing custom food trays made of PET, high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), polypropylene (PP), and PE/PET laminate. With the GN760’s high-output capability, GN is now also targeting leading U.S. lid manufacturers.

The cut-in-place machine has a 762 mm x 533 mm (30 in x 21 in) forming area and incorporates many of the same components found in GN’s traditional machines. The new larger model expands GN’s line of plug-assist machines, meeting the demand for medium- to large-volume runs. 

The GN760 uses servo drives for plugging, material transport, stripping, and stacking. It also boasts a radiant infrared heating system with 60 zones and an electronic regeneration system which reduces energy use, resulting in a savings of approximately $9000/yr.      


About GN Thermoforming Equipment                                                                                                

GN Thermoforming Equipment, based in Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada, is a leading manufacturer of roll-fed, in-mold cut thermoforming machines for the production of quality plastic packaging. The company’s advanced machinery combines the two critical steps of forming and cutting into one operation, a system which yields low material scrap rates. Very modest power consumption is among a long list of benefits for GN thermoformers which have earned the designation of Environmentally-Friendly Equipment with Low Carbon Footprint. More information on GN Thermoforming Equipment is available