Chinaplas 2019

ILLIG at Chinaplas 2019

ILLIG Innovation IC-RDM 73K Thermoformer: 50% Less Tool Change Times and up to 25% Increased Performance

Heilbronn, May 21, 2019 – The German manufacturing company ILLIG is a leading global supplier of thermoforming systems and mold systems for thermoplastics. With the unique 360° packaging development, Pactivity®, and the high-performance packaging systems, ILLIG supplies its customers with resource-friendly and sustainable solutions. ILLIG will be at booth M01 in hall 5.1, from May 21 to 24, 2019, at Chinaplas in Guangzhou, P.R. China. In the focus of the fair appearance are automatic roll-fed machines, state-of-the-art in thermoforming. Highlights will be the new IC-RDM 73K thermoformer with increased output and halved tool change time integrated in a fully automated production line for drinking cups made of A-PET and A-PLA as well as the IC-RDK 80 automatic roll-fed machine with live production on the line of an oval A-PET tray. ILLIG provides firsthand information on its portfolio of thermoforming systems, services as well as the tool and die technologies.

Performance-Highlight IC-RDM 73K

IC-RDM-K machines are designed specifically for serial production of cups in various shapes and sizes from thermoplastic material. At Chinaplas ILLIG will be showcasing the new IC-RDM 73K automatic roll-fed machine with high output and a quick-change system for molds. Compared to the IC-RDM 70K machine, the forming area of the new machine was enlarged by 23 percent. All improvements together contribute to an up to 25 percent increased production performance, subject to application. A new, easy to use system for block change of molds reduces tool installation and removal times by more than 50 percent, i.e. the change can be performed in less than 60 minutes. Moreover, ILLIG consistently implemented the Cleantivity® concept in the IC-RDM 73K. At Chinaplas 1.600 drinking cups will be produced on the line using a 32-up mold, at a speed of 50 cycles per minute. The cups are made of A-PET and A-PLA films (0.7 mm thick). The trade fair machine is combined with an in-line PH 73 stacking machine. This one can be variably equipped with different discharge options. Whenever the application changes the PH 73 can be easily adapted thanks to the modular system.

Machines of the IC-RDM K series are also frequently used as in-line systems with pre-linked extruders, e.g. for large-volume production of drinking cups in quantities of millions. The ILLIG IC supports the aspects relevant for large-volume production. It includes modules for general process optimization, high productivity and availability as well as minimization of operation costs.

IC-RDK 80 Thermoforming system

With IC-RDK series ILLIG developed a forming and punching technology suitable to achieve excellent part quality and reproducibility of rays and hinged packs, used for protection of food during transport and as sales packs. The machines feature high availability and easy operation. Heated materials are formed by means of pre-stretcher and compressed air; the part is punched out of the material in the same cycle. Thanks to this method, parts can be manufactured without punching mismatch in the rim area and thus automatic pack processing is improved. At the trade fair ILLIG will be showcasing the IC-RDK 80 automatic roll-fed machine with live production on the line of an oval A-PET tray made of a 0.4 mm thick film with A/B stacking using a 10-up mold, at a speed of 50 cycles per minute.

The variety of benefits

The benefits of an ILLIG thermoforming production line are unmistakable: Thin-walled packaging means a tangible savings in raw materials and thus lower production costs; the high working cycle results in a high output of flawlessly formed parts; and the thermoforming molds can be exchanged quickly and easily. ILLIG stands for pioneering and innovation in thermoforming, which ensures high-speed production of high-quality parts.


From the idea to the final packaging and to the complete production system: With Pactivity®, ILLIG provides the customer with a 360° custom-made packaging solution including development services for thermoforming packaging – all from a single source.


With the Cleantivity® concept ILLIG has consistently pursued a strategy of increased productivity in thermoforming. Learn more about optimized quality time and clean production with high machine availability.

Mold and die shop

The USP of ILLIG molds is the synergistic benefits gained through the coordinated development of both molds and thermoforming machines in the same company. The shared expertise in developing both the thermoforming machines and their molds puts ILLIG in the best position to engineer the most highly developed molds on the market.

Brilliantly decorated with IML-T®

ILLIG helps the customer´s to position their flagship products at the point of sale, produced on ILLIG‘s IML-T® systems. The packaging is also sustainable because of realization of single-material packaging (decoration and packaging in the same material), which simplifies recycling.


ILLIG has been serving its customers across the globe with comprehensive worldwide after-sales support. This includes ILLIG NetService, Hotline, Spare parts and upgrades Technical training and consulting as well as repairs, maintenance and commissioning.



ILLIG is a leading global supplier of thermoforming and packaging systems as well as tool systems for cardboard,
paper and plastics. The company's product and services portfolio includes the development, design, manufacture,
installation and commissioning of complex production lines and components. With its unique approach to packaging
development, “Pactivity® 360”, ILLIG supplies its customers with resource-friendly and sustainable solutions.
With its subsidiaries and sales agencies, ILLIG is active in all markets around the world.
More than 75 years, the family business has been serving its customers as a reliable partner for the cost-effective
manufacturing of complex precision packaging and parts with innovative technology of unsurpassed quality
and comprehensive global service.

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