CHESTER, NOVA SCOTIA, August 2019 – GN Thermoforming Equipment, a leading manufacturer of servo-driven, roll-fed thermoforming machines for the production of plastic packaging, will launch its new GN580 Thermoformer at the K 2019 exhibition (Hall 3/A36) which runs Oct. 16-23 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The new form/cut/stack thermoformer is ideal for food, medical, and industrial packaging markets.
The GN580 Thermoformer is a smaller version of the company’s highly regarded GN800 launched at K 2016. The launch of the new GN models, part of GN’s strategic growth plans, has proven to be very successful, according to Jerome Romkey, President of GN Thermoforming Equipment. “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 (PCR) PET with a common-edge tool, producing meat trays with minimal scrap. Over the years, GN has perfected the common-edge-cut tooling technology for their line of thermoformers. Common-edge 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 exhibited during the K show has already been sold to a Central European packaging manufacturer for the production of food trays and blister packs, according to 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 high degree of automation as well as the ease of tool change.
The GN580 has a forming area of 580 mm x 465 mm and a cycle time of 45 cycles/min at full stroke. The machine forms 120 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 customers’ requirements and it can be further customized for certain applications. The thermoformer provides additional flexibility by accepting tools from many of the competitors’ machines.
GN’s family of thermoformers continues to offer advanced technology while being flexible and user-friendly. “We listen to our customers as we develop new equipment to satisfy their requirements whether they supply packaging for the food, medical, or industrial markets,” said Phillips.
Among the top priorities of GN’s customer-focused approach are improving productivity and ensuring that customers produce the most finished parts per pound of sheet.
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GN Thermoforming Equipment, based in Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada, is a leading manufacturer of roll-fed thermoformers for the production of high-quality plastic packaging. The company’s operation also includes a Technical Service and Sales Center in Jihlava, Czech Republic. GN has exported its equipment to 70 countries over the past 35 years. More information on GN Thermoforming Equipment is available at www.gncanada.com.
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