Instore - August 2018 - 36
by Andy Nelson
ackaging companies making containers
for the retail foodservice industry are
constantly innovating to come up with new
solutions in an ever-changing marketplace.
And behind the scenes, the manufacturers
of the machines that make those packages
are working closely with their clients to help
keep those solutions coming.
Most of the thermoformers made by Thermoforming Systems LLC can produce clear
PET and PP clamshells and other packaging
for retail foodservice products, says James
Naughton, the company's president.
A variety of factors have enabled Thermoforming Systems to thrive in a competitive
industry, Naughton says. "It's the combination of collaborative innovation, backed up
with quality engineering and support services, that assures our customers the ability to
meet the needs of their foodservice customers in a timely manner."
The key to helping those customers satisfy
their own customers is to have a close working relationship with the packaging companies themselves, Naughton says. "Our job is
to collaborate with our customers and their
tooling groups to support new packaging in-
Thermoforming Systems works closely with
clients on design. Photo: Thermoforming Systems
Thermoforming Systems machines are used
to make packaging for products ranging
from chicken roasters to deli trays and tubs,
from yogurt cups to meat trays. One thermoformer in particular, Naughton says, leads
the pack. "The industry leader is our LF5.0
model, which includes a former and trim
press for the two-stage process," Naughton
For more precise applications - polypropylene tubs, cups or pods that involve filling
and sealing processes, to name one example
- Thermoforming Systems' FT8K Trim-inPlace model, which utilizes a single-stage
process, is a good fit, he says.
Both the LF5.0 and the FT8K are large-bed,
high-volume machines boasting typical cycle rates of 20 to 30 cycles per minute. Depending on the finished products, Naughton
says, both machines can process up to 5,000
pounds of polymer per hour.
Despite its solid position in the industry,
Thermoforming Systems isn't resting on its
laurels. The company has incrementally improved the design of its machines to process
a wider range of polymers, and it has made
gains in both performance and reliability,
Naughton says. As servo technology has
improved, for instance, Thermoforming Systems has increased the speed of machines'
tooling movements, resulting in more product produced within the same footprint.
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Thermoforming Systems' FT8K can process up to 5,000 pounds of polymer per hour.
Photo: Thermoforming Systems