Developed over the course of a year, with initial announcements made at a PTi open house last year and the 2008 Society of Plastic Engineers Thermoforming conference, the manufacturer says it removed some bells and whistles from the Globaline to reach a global cost position. Providing a pre-engineered product gives it further price and delivery advantages. It’s also targeting markets in Latin America and Eastern Europe where labor costs are lower, so that for processors some manual configuration isn’t cost prohibitive.
Tailored for polyethylene, polypropylene, and polyethylene terephthalate, the system also includes a package to run biopolymer polylactic acid (PLA). In particular, the system can run thin-gauge PP, which is currently a hot product due to price and density advantages. The system can be paired with a horizontal roll stand that precisely controls the die/nip gap—key for running PP. —[email protected]