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ILLIG at Interpack 2017: thermoforming and packaging

News 15.03.2017

Innovative IML-T-technology 

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Thanks to multi-lane equipment of the FSL 48, product families can be filled,i.e. different flavors with corresponding labels.

In live demonstrations ILLIG will show the production of rectangular cups out of PP on the IML-T production line IC-RDM 70K, forming area 680 mm x 300 mm, together with the compact IML unit RDML 70b. The 18-up mold produces cups with 3 different labels at the same time with an hourly output of 17,280 cups. Decoration is performed in high photo quality on all four side walls of the pack and also on the bottom directly during forming. After the words of ILLIG, their company is currently the only machine manufacturer from which IML-T can be obtained from one source with all required and optimally synchronized technology modules. IML-T lines integrated in form, fill and seal lines (FSL lines) are also realized for clean and hygienic production, especially in the dairy industry.

As the producer stresses, the IML thermoforming developed by ILLIG is more favorable with regard to cost aspects than IML injection molding, for example, which is also used for decoration of plastic packs. The IML-T system allows flexible decoration of most cup shapes with labels. Moreover, investment amounts for molds and maintenance costs are cheaper than in injection molding. Thermoformed articles can be manufactured with thinner walls and they are thus more lightweight than injection molded part. Lower energy consumption during processing is a benefit in addition to the substantially lower material consumption. Economic benefits are provided by IML thermoforming, particularly because multi-cavity molds can be employed.

FSL 48 combined with IML-T: Variable dairy packs

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The ILLIG FSL 48 form, fill and seal line allows hygienic filling and packaging, especially of dairy products, with IML decoration

The FSL 48 form, fill and seal line developed by ILLIG is suitable for requirements by the food and especially the dairy industry. The filler with CIP (cleaning in place) and SIP (sterilization in place) functions can be equipped technically in such a way that it meets the different hygienic demands by the food industry, even through to hygiene class IV according to VDMA (hygienic filling machines). All standard materials suitable for FFS lines can be processed on FSL 48, such as PS, PP, multilayer materials (e. g. PS/EVOH/PE), APET and even materials made of the biopolymer PLA (polylactic acid).

About the company

ILLIG is a 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 nearly 70 years, the owner-operated enterprise has been a reliable partner for the cost-effective manufacturing of complex precision thermoplastic parts.

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