Thermoforming, one of the most versatile methods for producing packaging materials, is a technique by which a plastic sheet is heated and then stretched over a mold.
As it cools, it takes on the shape of the mold, allowing customization of the shape and thickness of the finished products. Thermoform packaging is used for a wide range of products from electronics to food products, so plastic thermoforming is a vital part of modern industry and commercial enterprises. At Plastic Ingenuity, we offer a wide range of custom thermoform solutions, including vacuum forming and easy-to-open packaging options for our customers.
How Thermoforming Works
After a design has been selected for the packaging, a custom mold is constructed for the project.
The mold is typically designed to fit snugly around the product in order to minimize shifting or damage inside the package. Depending on the contents that are in need of protection, thin-gauge thermoforming plastic is heated and then stretched tightly over the mold. For a higher degree of detail, vacuum thermoform processes are often used to shape the plastic more completely to the mold. As the plastic sheet cools, it retains the shape of the mold. The packaging is then trimmed and assembled in order to produce custom plastic packaging.
Also known as thin-gauge thermoforming, light-gauge thermoforming uses a thinner, more flexible plastic sheet in order to offer more versatility to designers and commercial manufacturers.
Light-gauge plastic sheets are 1.5mm or less in thickness, making them exceptionally useful for clear plastic packaging. This type of thermoform process can also be performed with extruded plastics; however, plastic sheeting usually provides far more uniform results for the finished products.
Thermoformed Plastic Uses
Thermoform plastic packaging is used in a wide range of commercial applications.
Pharmaceutical packaging requires clean-room conditions in order to ensure the purity and high quality of the blister pack or other packaging. Cell phones and personal data devices must be protected in shipment while still presenting an appealing appearance on the shelf; this requires a specialized knowledge of the tensile strength of the plastic materials and the molding process. Food service packaging can be personalized during the thermoform process by using advanced vacuum thermoform techniques. Finally, thermoform plastic trays and bags can protect essential medical equipment by keeping it sterile and in good condition until it is needed.
Innovation and Control
At Plastic Ingenuity, we provide advanced thermoform packaging solutions to a wide spectrum of the business community.
We serve the pharmaceutical industry with new and exciting product lines that offer practical solutions to dosage delivery problems. Our medical packaging solutions include the SafeEdge medical tray, an innovative concept that ensures the integrity of the packaging from manufacturer to end user. Our cell phone and personal data device packaging is custom designed to offer superior protection and outstanding shelf appeal. Food service packaging is available in custom and standard configurations, allowing restaurants and other food industry companies to package their hot and cold foods for maximum freshness.
Plastic Ingenuity works directly with our customers to provide the right thermoform services designed to meet the needs of any industry. Our eye-catching and functional plastic thermoforming packaging designs are easy to open and provide outstanding eye appeal for consumers. At Plastic Ingenuity, we continually innovate to provide faster service and more options for our valued customers.