GN Thermoforming Equipment (Chester, NS, Canada) will launch its new GN580 thermoformer at K 2019 at stand A 36 in hall 3. The new form/cut/stack thermoformer is suited for the food, medical and industrial packaging markets.
The GN580 is a smaller version of the company’s GN800 thermoformer launched at K 2016. The new GN models, part of GN’s strategic growth plan, have proven to be very successful, according to GN President Jerome Romkey. “Our customers have fully embraced the new products, and the GN800 is regarded as a highly productive and reliable machine within the industry,” said Romkey. “We continue to provide an industry-leading level of service and support, giving customers added confidence when launching new machines like the GN580.”
At K 2019, the GN580 will run 100% post-consumer recycled PET with a common-edge tool, producing meat trays with minimal scrap. Over the years, GN has perfected common-edge-cut tooling technology for its line of thermoformers. The tooling offers the ability to form a series of square or rectangular trays in a row or multiple rows while eliminating the web between the products.
The GN580 that will be on exhibit during the K show has already been sold to a Central European packaging manufacturer for the production of food trays and blister packs, said GN.
The high-production GN580 thermoformer with integrated steel-rule cutting press and stacking station is used for the cost-effective manufacturing of packaging products made from all thermoformable materials. The most distinctive features of the GN580 are the degree of automation as well as the ease of tool change.
It has a forming area of 580 x 465 mm and a cycle time of 45 cycles per minute at full stroke. The machine forms 12-mm (4.7-in.) deep parts above and below the sheet line. It also features an operator-friendly HMI with integrated diagnostics and remote connection; an energy-recovery system incorporated in all drives; and maintenance-free precision roller bearings in the toggles.
“While the GN580 offers many of the same features as our highly successful GN800, it is well suited for unique production runs and has a smaller footprint for factories where space is a challenge,” said Paul Phillips, GN Sales and Marketing Manager.
The GN580 offers additional options suited to specific customer requirements and can be further customized for certain applications. The thermoformer provides additional flexibility by accepting tools from many competitors’ machines.