Thermoformed compostable CPLA food trays to be produced during NPE2018

If molds could only be made for one thing, making them for food might be the best option. These new food trays would be able to withstand temperatures of 250 degrees, and you can toss them right in the dishwasher. That is a pretty versatile food tray, that can handle almost anything you can give it.

CPLA food trayOMG 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:

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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