Equipment line is suitable for pharmaceuticals, medical devices and food applications; design offers reduced footprint and labor costs. SP Thermoforming, the North American brand of UK-based Riverside Medical Packaging. Ltd., introduced a line of flexible and rigid blister thermoforming machines featuring a potentially game-changing concept: carousel design. A departure from linear, meters-long chain-pulled thermoformers, the SP Series performs all necessary functions via a rotating drum through its radial workstations. The SP Series is suitable for pharmaceutical, medical device and food applications, and can form both rigid and flexible/soft blisters. In the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, SP Thermoformers and local support are available through BTS International LLC, a packaging machinery sales and consulting firm. The SP Series offers what is reported as a first-of-its-kind carousel design that reduces each machine’s overall footprint—an asset in stark contrast with traditional linear thermoformers. The design also reduces the amount of labor needed to operate the machines, allowing manufacturers to reallocate manpower elsewhere. The new SP Series’ thermoformers are approxima...