EUROMAP energy recommendations and label

imageA broad alliance of many injection moulding machine manufacturers has succeeded in developing the EUROMAP energy measurement standards EUROMAP 60.1 and EUROMAP 60.2 for this category of machines. EUROMAP 60.1 (ckick to read) provides an initial overview of machinery-related energy consumption. EUROMAP 60.2 also enables complex, customer-specific injection moulding applications to be compared in relation to the product.With these standards for measuring specific energy consumption, manufacturers are facing up to their responsibility: the transparency the standards provide requires them to develop technologies that are increasingly more efficient in their use of energy. The EUROMAP Energy Efficiency Label is a voluntary label with a common technical base for machine comparison.
There are also energy measurement standards for extrusion blow moulding machines (EUROMAP 46 part 1, EUROMAP 46 part 2), and others, for thermoforming for example, are under development.

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Platform to improve the PET thermoforms recycling

Petcore Europe convened a workshop on March, in Brussels, on the Recycling of Rigid PET Thermoforms in Brussels involving fifty leaders and experts from the whole PET value chain in Europe. Petcore Europe believes that this workshop marks the beginning of a technical platform that will be set up involving the most important players of the industry to work on improving yet further the recycling of PET.

 image“The recycling of PET is a success story,” explained one of the organisers, Wim Hoenderdaal from Indorama. ”It is the only example on large scale where the circle is closed at the highest level and where new high quality packaging can be made out of recycled resin.”
Recycled PET is used to make new bottles and thermoforms. This is especially true for PET thermoforms (mainly trays) which are produced with a content of r-PET (recycled PET) often above 70% fully complying with food contact regulations. 

The one-day workshop was structured in three parts: Collection and Sorting including the current state in different countries like Germany, Belgium, UK and France, Packaging Technologies as well as Recycling Technologies. Each session was followed by a lively panel debate where participants discussed and shared knowledge.

“PET is the only value chain that takes care of the complete life-cycle of its products, including thermoforms,” outlined Patrick Peuch, Executive Director of Petcore Europe. “Therefore, the goal of this workshop was to build and promote a working group to specifically update the state-of-the-art in PET thermoforms life-cycle, including design-for-recycling, packaging technologies, collection, sorting and recycling technologies.”

8th European Thermoforming Conference

The 8th European Thermoforming Conference, organized by The Society of Plastics Engineers – European Thermoforming Division, will be held in Venice from 26 to 27 April 2012. The conference agenda will include presentations from experts in the thermoforming industry and lively debates in workshops about technical and commercial issues. Moreover, the event provides the unique opportunity to meet colleagues and customers from the industry around the world. The conference is to be complimented by a table top informative exhibition of relevant latest product and services.

4th European Thermoforming PARTS Competition

Thermoformers are invited  to participate in the 4th European Thermoforming Parts competition.
The essential points of the European Thermoforming Parts Competition are the design-orientated application of materials and the successful combination of technical innovation and design quality. The award winners will be presented at the 8th European Thermoforming Conference.

More information, HERE.

Hygienic and Decorative Packaging of Dairy Products

At Interpack 2011 (Düsseldorf, May 12 – 18), ILLIG will present innovative and economical technology concepts for food packs manufactured by thermoforming. The newly designed FSL 48 form, fill and seal line will be presented there for the first time to demonstrate the compliance with hygiene class IV according to VDMA for filling and packaging. At the same time packs with brilliant decoration can be realized by employing an also newly developed IML (In-Mold Labeling) station which can be integrated in the production unit. There is a great variety of cup shape options since for IML decoration walls don’t have to be vertical.

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rPET sheet with micro-bubbles

After several years of development, MicroGREEN Polymers, Inc. (Seattle, USA) unveiled InCycle™, a revolutionary transformation of recycled PET into a lightweight, insulating, grease and moisture proof, printable sheet, as a cost-effective, sustainable alternative for print, packaging, and container applications.
InCycle sheets are made from recycled PET, which is then expanded using MicroGREEN‟s patented Ad-air® technology to reduce the amount of plastic required and significantly lower the environmental footprint of products made from them. For example, the amount of source material recycled from one 20oz. PET beverage bottle can produce seven 12oz. hot beverage cups made from InCycle.

In addition to lowering footprint, InCycle sheets actually improve recycled PET‟s functionality in terms of useful temperature range, insulation, flexibility and impact strength, making this increasingly prolific recycled material available to a broader range of applications. InCycle sheets are lightweight and can be controllably engineered to meet the various performance requirements for different types of print, packaging and container applications. InCycle sheets are also highly insulating and maintain their integrity at a broader range of service temperatures (-28°C up to 200°F) compared to solid PET. These properties now make recycled PET well-suited for extreme temperature applications, such as freezer-to-microwave meals.

To see a video about InCycle shett, CLICK HERE.

Thermoforming and injection moulding in one single mould

The so-called organo sheet mould process, combining injection and thermoforming in one single mould, is one of the innovations to see at K 2010. Developed by Georg Kaufmann (Busslingen, Switzerland), the process will be demonstrated by KraussMaffei in fully automatic operation on a CX 300-1400 IMC . The mould is used for the production of a lightweight structural component. This dynamically loaded component for a passenger car is produced from organo sheet – a glass fibre reinforced semifinished thermoplastic composite – and stiffened with moulded-on ribs. The organo sheet is first thermoformed in the mould and then, in the same mould, provided with the moulded-on stiffening ribs.