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SML: Innovative line for the production of PET sheet in a thickness range of up to 2mm

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The importance of PET as a raw material for countless thermoforming applications is clearly on the rise. Moreover, the market is not only demanding more environmentally acceptable raw materials, which should offer a high degree of recyclability (as PET does), but also thicker PET sheets. These are to be characterised by high transparency and stiffness, and thereby serve the trend towards even larger clear cups and trays for (takeaway) food packaging.

Producing thick PET sheet with excellent optical properties is a very demanding process. Special attention needs to be paid to the quality of the raw material itself, raw material drying and melt treatment. Accordingly, the design of the entire line and the selected process parameters can improve the properties of thick PET sheet significantly.

Main technical data:

  • Two extruders for 3-layer A/B/A structures
  • Thickness range: 0,2 – 2mm
  • Max. output: up to 1,300 kg/h
  • Max. sheet width: up to 1,100 – 1,200mm

The slanted, up stack roll stack mounted on the demonstration line is perfectly suited to thick PET sheet production requirements. Furthermore, on the basis of its vast experience, SML is able to offer advice on optimum process parameters for individual production needs. Reductions in packaging material weight represent another market trend. Therefore, the PET sheet demonstration line is also equipped with a CO2 gas injection system to produce physically foamed PET sheet as an alternative and thereby widen the product portfolio of companies in the thermoforming business.

Furthermore, the demonstration line features an IR-lamination system for the production of PET/PE laminates.

A choice of possible processes:

All in all, the utmost process flexibility for different applications is guaranteed and production switches between thick, foamed, or laminated PET/PE sheet can be completed within minimum change-over times.

Ready for trials

The new state-of-the-art sheet line has been installed at SML's headquarters in Lenzing, Austria and is now available to customers for inspection and trials.

A choice of possible processes:

Rigid PET sheet

  • PET sheet in thicknesses of
  • up to 2mm
  • With or without a foamed
  • centre layer
  • Laminated with PE film

Rigid PP, PS sheet

With or without a foamed
centre layer

Advantages: 

  • Large-sized, clear cups and trays
  • Resource efficiency through reduced weight and raw material consumption
  • Recyclable

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