Monthly Archives: September 2016

Custom Packaging & Thermoforming Are A Perfect Combination

When it comes to custom packaging design, thermoforming might be your best bet. Thermoforming is the process by which thin sheets of plastic are heated until malleable and then are transformed into packages or products. Just about any shape, size and style of custom packaging can be created using this process. If you need custom packaging, here are a few reasons to consider contacting our thermoforming company.

1. Let Our Experience Work For You

Indepak is a leader within the thermoforming industry, and throughout the last 45 years, we’ve worked with companies from virtually every industry sector imaginable. We’ve created products, parts and custom packaging for electronics firms, industrial firms, pharmaceutical and medical businesses, specialty food and beverage companies, agricultural firms and a myriad of retail companies. Whether you sell power tools or microwavable dinners, we can come up with the perfect custom packaging design for your product.

2. We Meet & Exceed Industry Standards

The International Organization for Standardization or ISO is a worldwide organization that has created commercial and industrial standards. We possess ISO 9001 certification, which sets standards for quality management for many different industries. This ensures our clients that we do all we can to ensure quality control at every level of our operation.

3. Thermoplastics Are Affordable & We Keep You On Budget

One of the best reasons to consider thermoplastics for your custom packaging design is the affordability factor. Thermoplastics tend to be some of the most affordable materials one can select for product packaging, but that’s not their only advantage. The light weight of thermoplastics helps to reduce your shipping costs. Thermoplastics also are quite strong, which helps reduce the damage and tampering that can affect your bottom line.

No matter what type of budget you may have, we can find a solution for your custom packaging. We use a wide range of thermoplastics, including PET, PETG, HIPS, PVC, HDPE, OPS, PP, ABS and even starch-based bio materials.

4. We Focus On Sustainability

Indepak is located in Portland, Oregon, a city known for its commitment to the environment. Sustainability is something we’ve kept in mind for decades, long before it was popular or required by law. Not only do we possess ISO 9001 certification, we also meet and exceed ISO 14001 certifications and standards. ISO 14001 standards focus on environmental management, and as a low-waste operation, we keep sustainability in mind in every aspect of our business.

For instance, any excess plastic trimmed from your custom packaging will be reused or recycled. Our design team also works diligently to create custom packaging designs that reduce the amount of packaging needed to protect your precious products. Almost all of the materials we use are recyclable, and we offer options such as post-consumer grade materials, starch-based bio-plastics and trap blisters as well as other plastic & paper or plastic & pulp combination designs.

Since 1967, we’ve been helping customers with custom packaging solutions, and we can create a custom packaging design that meets your needs and budget. Contact the team at Indepak today and let’s get started on your unique project.

10 Fun Facts From The Thermoformers At Indepak

While you might not think about plastic every day, we certainly do. As thermoformers, we work with a wide variety of plastics and have compiled many interesting facts about these versatile materials, including the following 10 facts.

1. Thermoset Plastics & Thermoplastics Are Not The Same

The names might sound similar, but there is a big difference between thermoset plastics and thermoplastics or thermoformed plastics. Thermoset plastics are molded by heat just as thermoform plastics will be, but once a thermoset plastic has been formed, it can never be recycled and melted down and used again. We only use thermoform plastics at Indepak, and not thermoset plastics.

2. Thermoplastics Are Highly Recyclable

Unlike those thermoplastics we mentioned in the first fact, thermoplastics or thermoformed plastics can be recycled. At Indepak, almost all of the materials we use are recyclable and we focus on recycling, reusing and reducing every day at our company.

3. Ancient People Had Plastics

Natural plastics have been around for centuries, and ancient people used materials such as natural rubber and cellulose as well as animal proteins and animal horns to create a wide assortment of items.

4. Every Plastic Has A Number

Plastics are identified with a special resin identification code. This code is used by recycling centers, and the number signifies what type of plastic material was used to create an item. For instance, a “1” is used to identify polyethylene terephthalate or PET. This type of plastic is perhaps the most widely accepted by curbside recycling programs. You can find these numbers on items such as plastic bottles with the number itself surrounded by three arrows, the traditional symbol of recycling.

5. There Is A Secret Plastics Society

Alright, it’s not actually secret, but there is a large organization that helps to represent the plastics industry. This group, the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), was founded in 1937 long before plastics were truly in mainstream use.

6. The Plastics Industry Is Huge & Continues To Grow

According to the SPI, the plastics industry is the third largest manufacturing industry in the U.S. Nearly one million Americans are employed in the plastics industry, including our team of thermoformers here at Indepak.

7. Six-Pack Beverage Rings Are Photo-Degradable

We’ve all seen those pictures showcasing animals entrapped in a plastic six-pack ring on a beach somewhere. While this certainly looks disturbing, it is important to note that it’s not the whole story. Because marine wildlife was increasingly affected by six-pack rings, plastics manufacturers began making 100% photo-degradable rings. This means the plastic begins to disintegrate in just a few days, allowing animals to free themselves. Since 1989, all six-pack rings produced in the U.S. are photo-degradable. While they still obviously belong in a proper waste container, they aren’t the environmental terror that many would have you believe.

8. Plastics Actually Save Energy

Plastics are actually a bit more eco-friendly than you might have imagined. In fact, only about 4 percent of our nation’s energy consumption is needed to produce plastics. Not only does it require less energy to produce goods out of plastic, because of the light weight, you can ship more products in fewer trucks, which saves fuel. As the SPI explains, 2.8 million plastic grocery bags can be transported in just one truck. On the other hand, if you loaded up that same truck with paper bags, only 500,000 would fit.

9. There Are Many Sustainable Options

Most thermoplastics can be recycled and then transformed into something new. There are also starch-based bio-materials that can be used to create plastic packaging. Some of these are even biodegradable or compostable.

10. Plastics Have Saved Lives

In 1965, a DuPont chemist named Stephanie Kwolek invented a new type of plastic material – poly-paraphenylene terephthalamide. While that’s a mouthful, you probably have heard of its brand name – Kevlar. This material has been used to create body armor for soldiers and police officers for decades.

Of course, sharing trivia about thermoplastics isn’t our main focus. We create all types of thermoplastic packing and products. This includes thermoform trays, blister packs, clamshells and much more. If you are searching for thermoformers that can create the highest quality thermoplastic products at an affordable price, the team at Indepak can help. Give us a call today and we can start designing your custom thermoforming project.

Thermoform Trays & Other Products We Create

Here at Indepak, we understand that product packaging can be the heart and soul of your branding efforts. Great packaging should offer a holistic benefit to your product and brand. It shouldn’t just be functionally sound; it should also add a little flair, substance, and style to your products. That is why Indepak boasts a broad variety of packaging, ranging from thermoform trays to clamshell packaging and everything in between.

Our state-of-the-art facility churns out top-notch product packaging suitable for practically every industry. Pharmaceuticals, the food sector, laboratories, electronics firms, the agricultural industry, and many different types of retail companies to name a few. Our full line of packaging solutions includes the following items:

Thermoformed Trays
We opened our doors at Indepak back in 1967 and since that time, thermoformed trays have been a big part of our business. And for good reason. These versatile trays can be designed to hold just about any product or products and are applicable to a variety of industries, ranging from food service to pharmaceutical.

When it comes to thermoform trays, Indepak is a clear leader. Here, we leverage long-standing knowledge on thermoforming, function-specific materials and the latest techniques to come up with thermoform trays that marry well with your products. Our thermoform trays are as unique as your company.

Business-to-Business Thermoform Trays
For decades, Indepak has offered high-tech industries with thermoform tray solutions that fit the bill, including business-to-business and internal tote trays. Most of them have anti-static properties as a mainstay feature. We process them to the highest standards, with high tolerance and immaculate precision to work seamlessly with your process.

Pharmaceutical/Medical Thermoform Trays
We produce thermoform trays for downstream sterilization or non-sterile applications. Our process ensures that each product can be traced to box level.

Other Types Of Thermoform Trays & Containers
Other industries we serve include agriculture, retail, specialty foods and electronics. Most of these trays are made to agreed-upon terms, with such features as anti-static, conductive or non-abrasion. For our food industry clients, we design packaging, containers and thermoform trays to hold a myriad of food items. We can create everything from trays that hold cookies and crackers to trays for frozen dinners and much more.

Blister Packaging
Beyond thermoform trays, blister packaging is another one of our specialties. Our team of packaging engineers and designers endeavor to create blister packaging with no or minimal waste. We also opt for materials for use in packaging that either contain post-consumer grade materials or are very recyclable. This includes thermoplastics such as PET or HDPE, both of which are quite easily recycled.

Clamshell Packaging
Our clamshell containers feature a hinge along one edge, making it suitable for thousands of products from a variety of industries. For instance, a thermoformed clamshell can be used to protect and store fresh veggies, fruits, baked goodies and any dessert. Clamshell packages also can hold a variety of retail products and we offer several different sealing options to ensure that your product stays safe and secure.

Of course, we can create more than thermoplastic packaging and thermoform trays. If you need a product created from thermoplastic, give us a call. We can design just about any thermoplastic product that you might need. Thermoplastic is not only highly versatile, it’s also highly affordable, and our goal is always to provide clients with the highest qualities products at the lowest possible cost.

4 Great Reasons To Consider Plastic Thermoforming

Because you have a fantastic, top-notch product, don’t you feel your specialty item deserves the highest quality packaging? You need appealing and functional product packaging and that’s where we come in. At Indepak, we’ve been using plastic thermoforming to craft packaging for companies from just about every industry imaginable.

Plastic thermoforming is a process by which a sheet of plastic is fed into an industrial thermoforming machine. While in this machine, the plastic will be heated to pliable temperature and then formed into a custom shape. From there the new packaging is cooled and excess thermoplastic is trimmed away and reused for other thermoforming products. If you’ve not considered plastic thermoforming for your packaging needs, here are a few reasons to think about doing so.

Reason #1: Plastic Thermoforming Offer Unmatched Versatility

The allure of plastic thermoforming in the product packaging arena lies in its ability to churn out plastics of just about any size, shape, style, and price range. Impressive, right? If your niche calls for constant change in the size or shape of your packaging, this technique is your best shot.

Additionally, plastic thermoforming also allows us to create packaging that fits snugly around your product. Not only does this help protect your product, it also keeps costs down because less packaging will need to be created in order to securely cover your product.

Reason #2: Plastic Thermoforming is Cost-Effective

Plastic thermoforming is a budget-friendly option for several reasons. As mentioned previously, because we can create virtually any shape and eliminate waste, this reduces your materials costs as well as your shipping costs. After all, smaller packages cost less to ship than larger ones. Thermoplastic also is quite lightweight, which further reduces your shipping costs.

Because thermoplastic is so protective and we can create tightly sealed clamshell and blister packs, this also reduces the probability of damage or theft. This, too, has a positive effect on your overall bottom line.

Finally, thermoplastic, in general, is a highly affordable material. We use a wide variety of thermoplastics and many are quite inexpensive. We easily can find a type of thermoplastic that fits your needs as well as your budget.

Reason #3: Plastic Thermoforming Is A Solution For Many Industries

Thermoformed plastics find a home in a variety of industries – from the food services sector to pharmaceuticals and everything in between. If you manufacture cross-platform products, then plastic thermoforming is truly a slice of heaven for you.

Because there are so many types of thermoplastics, there are options for virtually every industry imaginable. There are thermoplastics safe for food and beverage packaging as well as thermoplastics we use for our pharmaceutical and medical industry clients. We create low-particulate packaging that is intended for non-sterile as well as downstream sterilization applications. For those in a high tech field, we can develop all types of packaging or business-to-business tote trays. For the electronics sector, we can produce packaging and trays that ensure that static-sensitive products are well protected.

Reason #4: Thermoformed Plastics Can be Eco-Friendly

If you want to up your ante regarding your company’s carbon footprints, thermoformed plastic packaging could be your answer. Virtually all thermoplastics are recyclable, and many are accepted by curbside recycling programs, which makes recycling as easy as possible. For some packaging, starch-based bio materials might be a good option. We also can create combination packaging that combines recyclable thermoplastics with paperboard or pulp.

These are just a few reasons why thermoplastic might be the ideal option for your packaging or product needs. We can handle every aspect of your project from design to production to shipping and fulfillment, providing you with a total solution that meets your needs and budget. Give us a call today to discuss your plastic thermoforming needs.