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OMG (Turin, Italy) and AEI (Rogers, MN) team up to thermoform 100% crystallized compostable polylactic acid (PLA) food trays made from plant-based resin.

PlasticsToday Staff

April 4, 2018

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Thermoformed compostable CPLA food trays to be produced during NPE2018

OMG SRL (Turin, Italy) will be exhibiting the all-inclusive servo-driven Thermoformer at NPE2018 in Booth #S34034. During exhibiting hours the company will be thermoforming 100% compostable crystallized CPLA food trays using materials supplied by Advanced Extrusion Inc. (Rogers, MN) that withstand a surface temperature up to 250°F and are microwavable and dishwasher friendly. The CPLA extruded sheet is made of plant-based resin, polylactic acid (PLA).

The energy-efficient electric OMG thermoformer produces finished parts by way of precision rule-die trimming on a heavy-duty tonnage 4-post, servo-driven trim press. It also offers these features:

  • Quick & Easy tool change system

  • Automated parts handling system

  • Auto-stacking & counting of parts

  • Single-Stage tool used to form CPLA and CPET (crystallized PET/polyester)

Parts such as food trays, lids, containers, cups, and clamshells are loaded into an auto–stacking-counting station, an integral part of the OMG thermoforming system. Parts are then mechanically discharged onto a final packing station.

To further demonstrate the versatility of their machinery and engineered tooling, OMG will also thermoform AEI’s CPET withstanding temperatures of minus 20°F up to 375°F intended for conventional ovens. This will be done by using the same single-stage tooling used for the CPLA tray. Both materials incorporate a unique nucleating agent to promote accelerated crystallization during the thermoforming process.

AEI will be exhibiting at NPE2018 in Booth #S23014.

EastPack 2018 held June 12-14 in New York City features the latest in manufacturing and automation, a dedicated 3D Printing Zone, hundreds of exhibitors and a jam-packed 3-day packaging conference. For more information, visit the EastPack website.

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