Milliken & WM Thermoforming Machines to showcase clear PP thermoformed packaging
At the upcoming K 2016 trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany, Switzerland’s WM Thermoforming Machines will use a brand new model of machine to demonstrate the clarity that Milliken & Co.’s Millad® NX™ 8000 additive brings to thermoformed polypropylene.
On Stand A16 in Hall 3 at the Oct. 19-26 fair, WM Thermoforming Machines will produce small clear bowls with an outside diameter of 115 mm for dairy products. It will form these bowls on the Twist 700 — a new, larger machine that builds on the success of its smaller Twist 300 model, according to Luca Oliverio, WM Thermoforming’s Sales and Marketing Director.
“The Twist 700 uses a similar motion concept that was used on the Twist 300,” notes Oliverio, “but the latter was only for very small production. Twist 700 not only is bigger, but also is fully equipped with all the latest technology, including our MSv7 stacker, a new stacking concept that we will display for the first time at K 2016.” The highly flexible MSv7 stacker allows customers to automatically count, stack and pack products of various shapes.
In production, the Twist 700 can reach speeds of 50 cycles per minute, and also incorporates a Machine Learning System, which helps technicians to optimize process parameters, synchronize the machine and stacking system, and rationalize material consumption.
Specialty chemicals supplier Milliken (Hall 6, Booth A27), meanwhile, at the K show will highlight its theme of “Making Polypropylene Clearer, Better, Faster. Together”. Its Millad NX 8000 additive is in the PP resin used to make the 630-micron-thick UltraClear PP sheet that WM Thermoforming Machines will be processing on its stand. Milliken’s pioneering clarifying agent has removed the transparency obstacle for PP, clearing the way for PP to potentially replace other materials such as amorphous PET and polystyrene in various packaging applications.
NX UltraClear PP now provides an overall attractive alternative to other materials that deliver glass-like clarity. Highly recyclable and with a low carbon footprint, polypropylene offers a sustainable option to brand owners, while also facilitating light- weighting. UltraClear PP trays typically are 15-20% lighter than comparable PET-based food trays.
For more information, visit Milliken and WM Thermoforming Machines at the K fair, or learn more at: www.millikenchemical.com/k2016 or www.wm-thermoforming.com
Milliken: Hall 6, stand A27
WM: Hall 15, stand D35
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