high-speed form/cut/stack thermoformer GN800

GN Thermoforming Equipment enters form/cut/stack market

  • Development in cooperation with Agripak s.r.l.
  • Sheet width up to 880 mm, thicknesses from 0.25 mm to 1.5 mm
  • Movable top and bottom platens

GN Thermoforming Equipment, Canada, has introduced the high-speed form/cut/stack thermoformer GN800 which is the first GN model that offers movable top and bottom platens. The launch marks GN’s entrance into the form/cut/stack market and expands the company’s plug-assist machine offering. GN announced that the first unit has been sold to a European processor for production of PET sealed containers.

Development in cooperation with Agripak s.r.l.

The GN800 was developed in cooperation with Agripak s.r.l., Milan, Italy, which manufactured and sold form/cut/stack thermoforming machines until 2003. Based on a market analysis, GN confirmed the growing use of form/cut/stack technology by packaging manufacturers and concluded that a partnership offered the fastest entrance into the market. GN bought the rights to Agripak’s original machine design and has added new features and technologies. The enhancements offered in this new thermoformer came in response to input from customers and tool makers.

High-efficiency Solar heaters and cut-in-place capabilities as standard

The GN800 has a forming area of 800 mm x 570 mm (31.5-in x 22.4-in), is capable of forming 150 mm above and below the sheet line, and the cutting force of the forming and cutting stations is 75 tons. The GN800 also has additional space between the forming and cutting stations, providing extra cooling time when running heavier gauge materials or PP.

The GN800 features a standard oven which is four times the index length of the forming area. The machine incorporates high-efficiency Solar heaters and is equipped with cut-in-place capabilities as a standard feature. The unit also features independent top and bottom servo-plug drives for better material distribution.

Sheets up to 880 mm width, thicknesses from 0.25 mm to 1.5 mm

The GN800 handles sheet widths up to 880 mm (34.6-in). The machine can run sheet thicknesses ranging from 0.25 mm (0.010-in) to 1.5 mm (0.060-in). The unit comes fully equipped and handles all thermoformable grades of PET, OPS, HIPS, PLA, PP, and PVC. The company is currently targeting food, medical, and industrial packaging.

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