SPE Thermoforming Quarterly®

Fourth Quarter 2018

Technology to Optimize Thermoforming Processes
By ToolVision GmbH

Toolvision GmbH, headquartered in Zusmarshausen / Swabia, develops modern measuring technology that is adapted to the requirements of thermoforming. All phases of the production processes can now be monitored, documented and illustrated as a graphic thanks to software. The ToolVision® sensor package, which is integrated into the respective thermoformer and adapted to the tool, provides a graphic visualization of all relevant parameters throughout the entire thermoforming process. The advantages are clear to see: unit costs are reduced, rejects are avoided, tools are protected and preserved, and start-up times are faster, all of which saves time and money…

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Fourth Quarter 2018

Innovation Takes Root in California: Developments in PLA
By Conor Carlin, Editor

“Innovation Takes Root” is a biannual conference hosted by NatureWorks, developer of the Ingeo PLA polymer and the Vercet lactide chemistry platforms. Major topics included the continued evolution of the Ingeo platform, circular economy principles, regulatory and legislative developments related to bio-based plastics, PLA use in additive manufacturing, and new developments in single-serve capsules (they’re not just for coffee anymore). Speakers came from throughout the supply chain, including a bevy of NatureWorks scientists, executives from major brands including Danone and Electrolux, and consultants from The Ellen Macarthur Foundation, whose iconic slides from “The New Plastics Economy” were featured throughout the event…

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