GN Thermoforming Equipment (Chester, Nova Scotia), a manufacturer of servo-driven, roll-fed thermoforming machines for the production of plastic packaging, has developed a new form-cut-stack thermoformer that targets low- to medium-volume packaging production for the food, medical and industrial markets.
The GN580 thermoformer is a smaller version of its successful GN800 launched at K 2016. Customer response to the launch of these two new GN models, part of GN’s aggressive growth strategy, surpassed expectations, according to Jerome Romkey, General Manager. “We are known around the world as a quality- and customer-driven company, and we are working diligently to meet the demands of a growing and challenging market,” said Romkey.
The first GN580 machine currently being assembled has already been sold to a European packaging manufacturer, according to GN.
“The GN580 offers many of the same features as our highly successful GN800 but is well suited for smaller production runs, particularly for the medical and industrial markets,” Romkey commented.
GN undertook an extensive research study and determined that there was strong demand from its customer base for a machine with similar capabilities to the GN800 but within a mid-size production range.
The GN580 adapts many of the features of the GN800 and handles all thermoformable grades of PET, OPS, HIPS, PLA, PP and PVC. The GN800, which was shown at NPE 2018 in Orlando, FL, offers many standard features including in-mold-cut capability, auto-grease, heavy-duty bearings in the toggle system and high-efficiency solar heaters.
Among the top priorities of GN’s customer-focused approach are improving productivity and enabling customers to produce the most finished parts per pound of sheet.
Over the years, GN has perfected the common-edge-cut tooling technology for their contact- and radiant-heat series of thermoformers. Common-edge tooling offers the ability to form a series of square or rectangular trays in single or multiple rows while reducing web between the edges of the products.
Initial plans call for the GN580 thermoformer to be shown at K 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Oct. 16 to 23.