Category Archives: Vacuum Thermoforming

Different Types Of Thermoform Trays We Can Create

Custom thermoformed trays are something needed by just about every industry, from retail to medical and beyond. At Indepak, we have been creating custom thermoform trays for our clients for decades and can design a tray to exactly fit your product or product components. Here’s a look at just a few of the types of thermoform trays we can create.

For our retail customers, we can create many types of thermoform trays, such as retail display trays. These are components that work along with POP or point-of-purchase displays and offer an ideal way to display your unique product at a retail store. In addition to designing thermoformed trays for your display, we also can create custom thermoformed packaging, such as clamshells or blister packs to hold your product.

Plastic insert trays are another option that often fits the needs of retail customers. These thermoformed trays are created to hold a product that will be placed inside an outer container. These thermoform trays are ideal if you have a product with several parts that need to be housed separately. Because of the flexibility inherent in using thermoplastics, we are able to design virtually any custom shape you need for your thermoform trays.

Of course, you’ll find that plastic insert trays are used for many food products, as well. These thermoformed trays will be loaded up with food and then perhaps encased in a box or even a plastic clamshell. One example might be a plastic insert tray designed to hold several dozen cookies. Another example would be the thermoform trays that hold many different shapes of gourmet chocolates.

Another type of thermoformed trays that we often create are work-in-process trays which allow for movement along a production line or for shipment out of one plant and over to another plant. Again these can be constructed as single or multi-cavity thermoform trays and we can configure the cavities precisely to store a variety of parts or components of your product.

For our medical, pharmaceutical or electronics clients, we can create trays that meet your special needs, as well. For instance, we create low particulate thermoform trays for medical and pharmaceutical clients, specifically for non-sterile or downstream sterilization applications. We also ensure traceability down to the box level.

For companies that produce electronics or electronic components, we will ensure that your static-sensitive products are well protected. We can create static dissipative packaging and thermoform trays that are fully traceable.

In general, we can create any type of thin-gauge thermoformed trays as well as lids for your trays. We have a wide variety of thermoplastics that we can use for your trays, including some bio-based options, and nearly all of our thermoplastics are recyclable. Give us a call today and we can get started creating a design prototype for your unique thermoformed trays.

Vacuum Thermoforming & High-Impact Plastics

Vacuum thermoforming is one of the processes by which many plastic packages and products are created. Two of the plastics that we often use here at Indepak include high-impact polystyrene and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. These two types of thermoplastic can be formed via vacuum thermoforming as well as injection molding.

High-impact polystyrene or HIPS is a highly versatile thermoplastic that has the added advantage of being a highly affordable vacuum thermoforming option. It also is known for its impact resistance and attractive aesthetic qualities. It’s quite easy to fabricate HIPS and it even is quite easy to glue or paint this material, making it ideal for many products.

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene or ABS is similar to HIPS in many ways, a durable high-impact plastic that offers great versatility and good affordability. ABS is formed using vacuum thermoforming or injection molding, and can be used to create hard plastic items such as toys and cases. CD cases, razors and Lego bricks are created using ABS, for example.

The process of vacuum thermoforming is fairly simply to understand. At Indepak, our specialty is thin-gauge thermoforming. To create a product or package very thin sheets of thermoplastic are heated to a specific temperature, placed on a custom mold and forced onto the mold using force, in this case a suction of air or a vacuum.

There are many different types of thermoplastics in addition to HIPS and ABS, and we can help you decide which type of thermoplastic will be the best fit for your product and budget. We can create high-impact cases, trays and even parts for your product using these two types of thermoplastic. For instance, your vacuum cleaner will have parts made of high-impact plastic. The organizational trays that you place in office drawers or kitchen drawers might be created using ABS or HIPS. These are just a few examples of the versatility of these high-impact thermoplastics.

Not only can we design a great product or package using vacuum thermoforming, we help our customers with other services, as well. We can help with package fulfilment, inventory management and even shipping. Our goal is always to create the highest quality products for our clients while also providing a total solution for each and every customer.

Keep Your Costs Down With Thermoforming By Indepak

Because every product needs some type of package, you know that a decent portion of your yearly budget will be allocated toward packaging. However, there are many ways to reduce the costs associated with packaging and as a thermoforming company our goal is always to product the highest quality packaging at the lowest possible cost to our customer.

Selecting thermoforming for package creation is definitely a great way to lower your costs. There are many types of thermoplastic that we can use and many are quite inexpensive. For instance, we might be able to use high impact polystyrene or HIPS which is a highly versatile, inexpensive thermoplastic.

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene is another type of thermoplastic widely used by thermoforming companies. Known more commonly simply as ABS, this thermoplastic is inexpensive and is known for its strength, toughness and resistance to many chemicals. It also offers a great deal of versatility when it comes to processing.

These are just two of the thermoforming options you might want to consider, but we also can produce packaging out of other thermoplastics and even bio-based materials. We will evaluate your product and provide you with materials that truly will suit your needs.

In addition to the low cost of these thermoforming plastics, these materials also are very lightweight. They can protect your product and keep it secure without adding a huge amount of weight. This can lower your shipping costs and, as we have all seen, the cost of shipping has been skyrocketing throughout the last few years.

Along those same lines, thermoforming also can reduce your costs because we can create a thermoplastic package that fits your item exactly. You won’t need a ton of excess packaging to protect and store a product, as we can create a design that limits the amount of excess thermoplastic. This allows you to ship more items per box or perhaps use smaller box sizes, both of which can lower shipping costs.

Another way that Indepak can help provide an affordable solution for your company is by offering a variety of in-house services. We provide a total solution for our clients that includes product development and in-house tooling, as well as production, quality control, package fulfillment, inventory management and even shipping. Not all thermoforming companies provide all of these services, and it can really help reduce your bottom line.

Thermoform Product Development Tips

If you have a product that you are hoping to sell in retail stores, there are many decisions you will have to make before your items appear on shelves. While you might already have considered how to produce the item, other aspects such as marketing and packaging can be almost as important.

A great looking package is worth its weight in gold. Your packaging not only needs to be attractive in general, it needs to appeal to the person most likely to buy the item. If your product is a toy, the package needs to appeal to the age group most likely to enjoy that toy. If you are aiming at 20-something shoppers, you want something young and hip. It is important that you study up on the types of packaging designs that appeal to your specific set of consumers.

Once you have a design in mind, you will need to find a company that can produce your custom product packaging. Custom plastic packaging, such as thermoformed plastic packages are a great option. These can be formed into just about any shape to protect and display your product. Blister packs can be created, and these are thermoform plastic packages that completely surround the product. Vacuum thermoforming is the process by which many plastic retail packing styles are made. Often a thermoforming company, such as Indepak, can create a package design for your product and then produce the package and even help with shipment and fulfillment.

Marketing your product is going be another element that is highly important, especially for a new product. Aside from commercials on television or perhaps radio as well, you will want to use social media to spread the word about your product. This includes placing your product on sites such as Pinterest and Facebook, as well as setting up Twitter and Instagram campaigns. In order to successful utilize social media; you must set up a well-designed website with e-commerce capabilities. This should provide all of the information people need about your products as well as a way to purchase your items.

Sometimes in the beginning, it also helps to introduce your product at various trade shows. Just about every industry has relevant trade shows and if you can set up a booth and demonstrate your product then this can be a way to attract buyers. Keep in mind that trade shows cater to businesses that will buy your product and not the general consumer. This can be a good way to introduce the product to large chain stores and smaller shops that might be able to sell your unique item.

You also could consider starting out small and local. Introduce yourself to local shopkeepers and see if you can set up a demonstration of your product. Rent a booth at local farmers’ markets and craft fairs, as well, and get people interested. There are also local and regional festivals where it might be appropriate to showcase your new and interesting product. Take advantage of all of these opportunities as they come along for maximum exposure of your product.