KANSAS CITY, Mo. – High-performance thermoforming technology from VC999 will be making a splash May 12-18 at the 2011 Interpack exposition in Düsseldorf, Germany. The company announced plans to spotlight its new i series thermoformer at this year’s trade show. The new equipment offers processors high-speed performance in a machine that is engineered with precision, reliability and cost-savings in mind.

“We are excited to present the new i series thermoformer at Interpack,” said Silvio Weder, president of VC999 Packaging Systems. “Our engineering team has been working on this project for some time and it is very rewarding to see this new generation of thermoformer, with so many new and unique features come together so well.”

According to VC999 engineers, the i series thermoformer runs on a reliable PLC platform. The HMI operates on an industrial PC which is connected via embedded XP software. The i series uses Skype, with an integrated camera to communicate with VC999 service engineers.

The thermoformer’s operation utilizes a servo drive to control form in-feed system functions without trapeze rollers or a dancer arm. This system minimizes contamination and automates the tension control system.

Its top film also operates with servo drive and an automated tension control system. Likewise, the main drive operates with servo drive to assure the highest speed and accuracy.

Other features include:

Easy accessibility to the high flow vacuum valve and swing-out pneumatics; an operating system that is 10 times faster than other thermoformers; a two-stage high pressure die lift system (patent pending) to enable the i series to ensure the best forming and sealing results; the ability to run thin, flexible film as well as thick, rigid film without die adjustments; washdown-friendly design; and overall lower cost of ownership.

Click here to view the i series introduction video.

VC999 Packaging Systems is a division of the Inauen Group, based in Herisau, Switzerland with North American headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. VC999 is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of thermoformer packaging systems, vacuum chamber machines, shrink tanks and tray sealers. Other brands include Perbetum SMART Automation, XtraVac and XtraPlast.com. For more information about the company, go to:www.VC999.com.