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Thermoforming Companies & Your Plastic Packaging

Thermoforming companies, such as Indepak, can create just about any unique piece of custom plastic packaging that you might need. For those that might be curious about the process we follow to create each type of plastic packaging, here is a brief explanation of the process.

The first step with thermoforming companies will be to meet with a client and discuss their specific plastic packaging needs. This includes discussing the type of packaging that is needed, the materials we thermoforming companies should use for the plastic packaging and so on.

We have many options for your plastic packaging, including HIPS, PET, PETG, ABS, PVC, OPS, PP, HDPE and even some starch-based bio materials. Each of these plastics has its own unique properties, some are ideal for food or beverage packaging, while some plastics are more suitable for electronic items.

We will help you find the type of plastic that works best with your product and also is the most affordable option. We also can create plastic packaging using a combination of materials. For instance, we can produce blister packs that combine paperboard and thermoplastic.

From there we move on to design and development. Thermoforming companies, such as Indepak, have an expert design team and once the design has been approved by the client, then a prototype will be made. As we design your plastic packaging, we pay close attention to factors such as strength, weight, space, cost containment and, of course, presentation to provide you with the best possible solution for your plastic packaging needs.

Once it’s been ascertained that the prototype fits a client’s specifications exactly, thermoforming companies will move on to the production of the client’s plastic packaging. At Indepak, we have multiple lines of high-speed equipment that quickly can fulfill even the largest of orders. During each step of this production process, quality control measures are always in place, and we can provide complete traceability down to the box level.

You might be wondering exactly how thermoforming companies produce all of their plastic packaging. Thermoforming is a process by which sheets of plastic are heated to a certain temperature and then molded into specific shapes. Once cooled, excess plastic is trimmed away and recycled. Our equipment can process thermoplastics from .008″ thickness to .080″ inches, and foam materials from approximately 1/16″ up to 1/4″.

As it is always our goal to provide clients with a total solution for all of their plastic packaging needs, we provide a few special extra services. Not all thermoforming companies offer package fulfillment services, but we do here at Indepak. This includes sealing your packaging together using processes such as heat sealing or RF welding. Beyond package fulfillment, we also offer inventory management and shipping services.

If you are searching for thermoforming companies, consider giving the team at Indepak a call. We focus on providing the best customer service and highest quality products while keeping affordability and sustainability in mind at all times. We can create plastic packaging or other thermoplastic products for a wide range of industries, including electronics companies, industrial firms, agricultural companies, specialty food manufacturers, medical and pharmaceutical companies and a variety of retail manufacturers.

Custom Packaging & Thermoplastics Are A Perfect Pair

As a thermoforming company, we at Indepak believe that thermoplastics are some of the best packaging materials available. If you need any type of custom packaging, thermoplastics might be the perfect fit for your needs. We can use thermoplastics, and perhaps a combination of thermoplastics and other materials, to create secure, attractive and affordable packaging.

We serve many different industries and create custom packaging for retail clients that range from companies that produce office supplies to those that produce toys or even hardware. For these types of clients, we often create tamper-proof custom packaging such as clamshells, trays with lids, blister packs or multi-fold packaging.

For our specialty foods clients, we can create custom packaging and thermoform trays that protect and preserve your edible products. With custom packaging for food companies, we use only those materials suitable for direct contact with food or beverages and ensure that packages are tamper-proof and for locking in freshness.

Among our custom packaging for food, we’ve created everything from single-use clamshell containers for grocery stores to house bakery goods to perfectly portioned thermoplastic trays that keep cookies, crackers or candies fresh and safe on the store shelf.

Electronics custom packaging and industrial packaging also are included in our areas of specialization. For these types of products, it is important to use a thermoforming company that understands the importance of protecting static-sensitive products. We actually work with a variety of materials, and this includes dissipative materials and conductive materials, whatever you might need to package your unique product. We can produce business-to-business tote trays, as well, with anti-static properties. All of our industrial thermoform products are produced with tight tolerances so that every component works flawlessly within your process.

Medical and pharmaceutical companies also often need custom packaging, and we have plenty of options for these types of clients. The versatility of thermoplastics makes it easy to create medical trays or blister packs for medications or anything else that you might need. With medical-related custom packaging, the team at Indepak truly understands that traceability is key, right down to the box level. We can create medical custom packaging for both non-sterile and downstream sterilization applications.

Agricultural firms also often come to us for their custom packaging needs. For instance, we can create custom thermoform trays to hold large flats of plants. We also can create custom trays to carry produce safely from farm to store. With thermoplastics, it’s easy to create designs that fit your products exactly.

If you take a look at our website, you will see that thermoplastics are versatile enough to use for almost any type of custom packaging. One of the best reasons to use thermoplastics for your custom packaging is the affordability. Most thermoplastics are quite affordable, and we are sure to find something suitable for any size budget.

In addition, to custom packaging, thermoplastics can be used to create products, as well. Not everything that we create at Indepak is a package. If you have a specific part or product and would like to see if thermoplastics and thermoforming are a good fit, please give us a call today to discuss your needs.

The Unique World Of Medical Packaging & Plastic Food Packaging

While every industry has its own specific packaging needs, when it comes to food and pharmaceutical or medical products, special care is essential. After all, these are products that affect the health of people all over the world. At Indepak, we have been creating food and medical packaging for years and understand the special needs of these industries.

Medical Packaging

There are many different types of medical packaging. For instance, prescribed medications and over-the-counter medicines often are enclosed in single-dose blister packs. For liquid medications and tablets or pills that aren’t in single dose packs, a company might need plastic bottles with child-proof lids and seals.

In addition, there are many different types of medical kits that need to be placed in sealed medical packages. For instance, you might need sterile medical packaging to hold syringes and glass bottles of various medicines. All medical packaging must be as tamper-proof as possible to ensure that the medications and medical devices are safe and secure. We also must use materials that are cleared for use with medicines and medical devices, as not all types of thermoplastics are suitable for medical packaging.

At Indepak, we can produce low-particulate medical packaging intended for non-sterile or downstream sterilization applications. We use highly detailed record keeping to ensure traceability down to the box level. We also have processes in place to ensure that your medical packaging meets your specifications. This includes the process of material ordering and receiving, as well as production and packaging.

Plastic Food Packaging

Security and tamper-resistance also are highly important when it comes to the creation of plastic food packaging as well as the packaging of beverages. Again, only certain types of plastics can be used with foods and beverages. For instance, if we are creating a thermoform tray for a microwavable meal, the type of plastic we use not only needs to be safe for the food but also must be able to withstand the heat of the microwave.

We create a myriad of plastic food packaging designs every year, and these range from thermoform trays that hold cookies and crackers to clamshell packaging that can be used to display and store fruit, pre-made sandwiches or bakery items. We can create plastic food packaging for virtually any type of food, and custom specialty foods packaging is one of our areas of expertise.

If you need plastic food packaging, rest assured that our production methods ensure that the materials we use and all of our processes comply with GMP in regards to direct contact food packaging. Some of the items we often produce include clamshell packages, tubs, lids and a wide variety of trays.

Of course, aside from medical packaging and plastic food packaging, we also produce custom packaging for many other industries. We serve all types of retail companies as well as electronics firms, agricultural companies and industrial firms. Thermoplastics are among the world’s most versatile materials, and we can create virtually any size or shape of package or tray that you might need.