ILLIG at K 2016

Date: 19th - 26th October 2016
Hall 3, Stand A52

ILLIG at K 2016

Thermoforming Systems with Decoration, Hygiene and Productivity in Focus
Heilbronn, July 2016 – At his year's K trade fair from 19 to 26 October ILLIG, the systems provider for thermoforming solutions, will be showcasing its latest developments in thermoforming, packaging and mold technology and demonstrating its prowess as a systems partner for automated processes. In focus will be the performance of in-mold labeling in thermoforming (IML-T), hygienic production and enhanced productivity through technical optimization, as well as the systematic expansion of automation. For the first time in its latest stage of development the IML-T thermoforming line IC-RDM 70K together with the compact IML unit RDML 70b for flexible decoration of nearly any cup geometry will be demonstrated at the K 2016. Also making its debut at the K stand will be a flexible product handling system. Adapted for the ILLIG IC-RDK 54, this combination accelerates production for enhanced productivity. Visitors will also get to see the latest in ILLIG mold-making technology with new molds on display.

Leading IML-T technology
ILLIG is currently the only supplier of IML-T that offers all required modules from a single source that have been optimally designed to interoperate with one another. IML-T machines are deployed together with so-called cup machines of the RDM-K series and also integrated in form, fill and seal machines that comply with the stringent hygiene standards of the dairy industry. An automatic IC-RDM 70K roll-fed machine with a forming area of 680 mm x 300 mm coupled with the IML unit RDML 70b will be on display at the K stand to demonstrate the IML-T technology. The 18-cavity mold has an hourly output of approximately 17,280 rectangular polypropylene cups that are simultaneously decorated on all four sides plus the bottom with a brilliant photo-quality label during the forming process.

The RDM-K machines are extremely versatile and can be used for a variety of applications. Equipped with ILLIG-designed coffee-capsule molds, over 30 RDM-K thermoforming systems produce millions of capsules every day around the globe. The machines' reliability also underscore the value of ILLIG's technological know-how.

Flexible stacking and packaging system

Another new exhibit at the K will be ILLIG's flexible stacking and packaging system. The product handling system PHF can be easily connected to an ILLIG thermoformer in minimal time and is ideal for applications typically realized on RDK-series machines. The integrated unit allows the removal of stacks, quality assurance measures, and packaging. The removed stacks of formed parts can be packed as stacks in bags in conventional box sizes. Guided procedures for altering settings enable quick retooling, which lets you quickly setup the machine for a new product. At the K trade fair the product handling system will be adapted to an RDK 54 thermoformer. Equipped with a 12-cavity cup mold with a shallow forming segment base, so-called delicatessen cups will be formed out of a transparent APET film with an antiblocking additive.

ILLIG is a leading global supplier of high-performance thermoforming machines and molds, as well as solutions for the packaging industry. The company's product and services portfolio includes the development, design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of complex production lines and components. With branches and sales agencies in over 80 countries, ILLIG is locally present in all markets around the globe. For 70 years, the owner-operated enterprise has been serving its customers across the globe as a reliable partner for the cost-effective manufacturing of complex precision thermoplastic parts with innovative technology of unsurpassed quality and comprehensive worldwide after-sales support.

IML-T for premium-quality decoration and an effective shelf appearance: Brilliantly decorated packaging made of PP and applied simultaneously during the forming process will be demonstrated at the K 2016 on an ILLIG IC-RDML 70 with an 18-cavity mold.

ILLIG's IML-T can apply brilliantly decorated labeling to thermoformed cups of the most varied geometries.

The ILLIG RDK machines are ideal for producing transparent cups for fresh foods, such as meats, and packaging lids, among other applications.
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ILLIG - Soft, Thermoformed Air Ducts

Soft, Thermoformed Air Ducts :
Spanish Automotive Supplier Puts Third ILLIG Twinsheet Line in Operation

Heilbronn, July 2016. – A Spanish worldwide operating automotive supplier already put the third ILLIG UAR 155g thermoformer in operation at the beginning of this year. Air ducts are manufactured on this machine in the twinsheet method out of cross-linked PE foams (XLPE). They are suitable for air-conditioning of vehicle interiors. The automotive supplier, domiciled in the North of Spain in the Basque province of Álava, is specialized in the production of seals and sound-reducing components made of foams. The extremely lightweight ducts for guiding hot and cold air, manufactured in the thermoforming method, meet the demands of the automotive sector especially well. Compared to blow-molded, hard PP ducts still frequently used they provide clear benefits thanks to their positive properties.

In twinsheet thermoforming of XLPE foams two materials heated up to forming temperature are formed into half shells in the mold, supported by vacuum, and at the same time they are welded together on the outer contour. With the system developed by ILLIG; the formed parts are punched directly in the mold after the end of the cooling time. The upper mold part is equipped with extendible serrated knives. The lower mold part is equipped with grooves in which the knives immerse during punching. The punched out parts are held by holding bridges and moved out of the forming station in this way. Outside the thermoforming machine only the connection areas of the air ducts have to be cut – just like blow-molded hard ducts.

Beneficial properties – customized thermoforming technology

A duct made of XLPE foam (density approx. 70 to 80 kg/m³, subject to application) is not only substantially more lightweight than a duct made of solid PP (density about 0.9 g/cm³ or 900 kg/m³), among other properties, it also possesses substantially lower heat conductivity and better acoustic dampening behavior thanks to its structure.

In this way the foam’s lower heat conductivity and heat capacity minimizes development of condensation water in the air duct after switching off the air conditioning system. High elasticity and good resilience of the ducts provide further benefits, such as ease of assembly and reduction of squeaking and rattling sounds even with only smallest installation space available.

For air duct thermoforming XLPE (thickness 3 to 4 mm) is supplied by two material roll stands and each material is heated up in the forming station to a surface temperature of max. 200 C. Subsequently the heater moves out of the forming station very fast – movement time less than 3 s – in order to minimize cooling of the material up to the start of the forming process. Consequently, the servo drives for the upper and lower mold table are designed especially for very fast movement speeds of up to 500 mm/s, even for molds with a weight of up to 1 t per mold table.

A further benefit provided by thermoforming with ILLIG technology compared to extrusion blow molding: Several parts of even different sizes and geometries can be manufactured at the same time on the large-area mold (the UAR 155g features a forming area of max. 1.450 mm x 1.200 mm). This means a short cycle time per air duct. Thus air ducts made of foam are competitive with PP blow-molded hard ducts also in terms of costs – manufacturing costs per duct are comparable.

Breyer @ K2016 - Hall 16, Booth C 18

BREYER at K2016 in Düsseldorf.

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