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Unique Items Made From Thermoplastic & Other Plastics

When you think about plastic, water bottles, grocery bags and food storage containers probably spring to mind immediately. But there are many other interesting products that have been created using one type or another of thermoplastic. In fact, thermoplastics are some of the world’s most versatile materials and can be used for millions of products. Here are just a few items that contain thermoplastic.

For instance, thermoplastics actually can be found on the moon. When Neil Armstrong placed the U.S. flag on the surface of the moon, the flag itself was made of Nylon, which is a specific type of thermoplastic. Of course, this thermoplastic also is used to make women’s stockings, parachutes, robes and the hair of toy dolls such as Barbie.

Many of the clothes you wear contain some amount of plastic. For instance, Rayon is a blend of cellulose, which is a natural product, and various chemicals. Rayon is not the only synthetic fiber used to make clothing. Acrylic fibers also are used to make clothing, particularly items that are similar in feel and appearance to cotton and wool. Gore-Tex is another thermoplastic used to make waterproof clothing.

Super Glue and many other types of adhesives are yet another set of products that contain some type of plastic. The tape we use to secure wrapping paper is yet another product that is made using plastic, and not just the carrier for the tape. This tape itself contains plastic, as does duct tape, electrical tape and many other types of tape. Acrylic paints are another product that contains plastic. Acrylic paints are water soluble when wet but after they dry, they become water resistant.

Different types of plastics also are used for various surgical procedures. For instance, the first artificial heart was made using plastics. Knee and hip implants used during replacement surgery also utilize plastic.

At Indepak, our main focus is creating custom thermoplastic packaging and thermoplastic items such as trays, blister packaging, clamshells and other helpful items. We serve a variety of industries, including specialty foods and beverages, medical and pharmaceutical companies, industrial and electronics manufacturers, agricultural companies and, of course, many different type of retail operations. We can create virtually any type of custom product packaging for your unique product.

Custom Product Packaging Solutions

Just about every industry makes use of plastic, and different types of plastic are the main material used for custom product packaging. Millions of retail and food products are secured and displayed in plastic packaging, and electronics companies, pharmaceutical companies and medical companies all utilize plastic for parts and packaging.

At Indepak, we understand that every product is unique and our goal is to create a custom product packaging solution for each client. The process begins with our design team as they work to create a functional and cost-effective design. After the client approves the design, prototypes are created and tested to ensure quality.

After the design and prototype are approved, we move on to production. Our state-of-the-art thermoforming equipment can handle a wide range of designs and materials. Our equipment can process common plastics such as HIPS, PET, PETG, PVC, OPS, ABS, PP and HDPE as well as starch-based bio materials.

Package fulfillment is another service that we offer for our clients, as well as inventory management and even shipping. We have 50,000 square feet of warehouse space, so we can help our clients manage inventory and then ship out products on an as-needed basis. Using one company for package design, production and fulfillment can lower costs and eliminate unnecessary hassles that can occur when you use a variety of vendors.

Of course, thermoforming companies do more than just create great packaging, and Indepak is no exception. Thermoform plastics can be a great choice of materials for a variety of products, and we also can create products out of thermoformed foam. If you have a need for any type of thermoform product, contact our offices and schedule a consultation.

The Advantages Of Plastic Thermoforming

If your company is searching for a custom packaging solution, plastic thermoforming might be exactly what you need. Using thermoform plastic packaging has many advantages over other materials.

Companies have many choices when choosing materials for packaging their products. Different types of cardboard might be used or perhaps glass or aluminum or another type of metal. However, thermoform plastic packaging might be a superior choice for many products.

Plastic is lightweight, which helps manufacturers cut down on shipping and handling costs. As we all know, the cost of fuel is extremely high and when you reduce weight, you can reduce the amount of fuel needed to transport goods.

Thermoforming also can be designed to eliminate waste, fitting snugly around the edges and contours of your product. No other material can be molded so easily to surround and protect products. Because thermoform packaging can be highly customized, you don’t need to use as much material to protect a product as you might with cardboard or another material. Smaller packages also cut down on shipping costs as well as production costs.

Plastic also protects products from damage. Thermoform plastics can keep food safe and fresh or protect electronics or pharmaceutical products. Blister packaging is one example of plastic thermoforming that is highly popular with manufacturers because it protects and at the same time, consumers can actually see the product underneath your clear plastic packaging.

There are many different types of plastic that can be used to create custom product packaging. Many plastics are quite inexpensive and cost far less to use than other materials. If you are concerned about sustainability, it might interest you to know that all thermoformed plastics can be recycled again and again, making them an excellent choice for companies that make sustainable packaging a priority. In addition, at Indepak we offer plastic options that contain post-consumer materials, as well as renewable and bio-based materials.