ILLIG Celebrates 70 Years of Excellence, The event was held on June 22 and 23 at the company headquarters in Heilbronn, and was attended by some 250 visitors from all corners of the European economic area and from as far away as South America and India. Now in its 15th year, the annual event hosted by the global market leader of thermoforming systems has become a magnet for networking in the industry.
Those in attendance were treated to a wide range of presentations and live machine demonstrations, which included trends in packaging technology, label decoration with In-mold Labeling Thermoforming (IML-T) technology, lightweight molds and end-of-line packaging. A diversity of applications differing in shape and size demonstrated the vanguard of technological innovation on ten of the latest generation, highly efficient and high-performance thermoformers in a real-life production environment.
ILLIG managing director Karl Schäuble also announced the highest number of received orders in the company’s storied history. In addition to the developments in technology over the last three years, factors contributing to this success have been identified as the increase in market demand for in-mold labeling decoration and, above all, the good economic development in non-European markets.
In the coming years, Schäuble sees the demand for more automation and hygienic production processes as the main driving forces of development in the industry:
“We expect the increase in the cycles per minute of ILLIG machine lines will continue to be a decisive factor in the near future for high lot-size productions and highly automated production processes. To accommodate this market demand we will continue to improve the cpm-speed in the thermoforming and trimming process, as this will further improve the quality and reliability of the formed parts.”
To this end, the installation of camera-assisted quality assurance systems will be a contributing factor. Repeated cleaning intervals necessitated by increased hygiene standards are a constraint on productivity, for which ILLIG is also developing solutions.
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