Plastic Ingenuity’s commitment to quality at all phases of the packaging process was the primary motivating factor in our decision, in 1976, to extrude our own plastic sheet material for use in our packaging products.
Plastic sheet extrusion is the first step in the thermoforming process; many companies contract with third party suppliers to buy already extruded materials to use in their manufacturing operations. At Plastic Ingenuity, we perform our own plastic sheet extrusion for most of our resin types and, as a result, can offer our customers superior traceability throughout the entire design and manufacturing process.
“We’ve noticed the main difference between PI and other thermoform suppliers is they understand the extrusion process; they fully understand how plastic is formed, what complications there might be in production, and they’re able to communicate this with us.”
— Michelle Shin, Mobile Division Coordinator at LG Electronics
Because we do the extrusion and tool building in-house, we can exercise more complete control over scheduling and provide improved turnaround times for our customers, allowing them to respond quickly to changes in the marketplace.
This also provides significant cost advantages that are typically passed through to our customers. We can extrude plastic in a variety of different base materials and blends. These including the following:
PET, utility PET and PET side-by-side;
HIPS, utility HIPS, HIPS side-by-side, HIPS clear blends crystal and Finaprene rubber blend and HIPS high-gloss co-ex;
Barrier laminates; and
Homo-polymer and co-polymer polypropylene.
Plastic Ingenuity uses eleven state-of-the-art extruders and monitors all sheets produced with atomic gauge scanners; we can produce consistent gauges ranging from .010” to .080” and sheets up to 55 inches in width. This level of control over every part of the process allows PI to provide faster and more cost-effective services for our customers.