Custom Thermoforming: Understanding The Process

At Indepak, we provide custom packaging solutions for our customers in a variety of industries. Thermoplastic packaging is an excellent option for retail packaging, electronics packaging, food packaging, medical or pharmaceutical packaging and much more. We can design and create a package specifically for your product that fits within your budget.

The process of custom thermoforming begins by creating a design for your package. Perhaps you need blister packaging or clamshell packaging to enclose your product or maybe you wish to place your product in thermoform trays. We look at your product and design a package that truly suits your specific product.

Molds are created based on your design and this is where the fun really begins. In basic terms, thermoforming is a process where plastic is heated to a specific temperature in order to make it pliable. The heated sheets of plastic are forced into the mold, shaped and then cooled. The excess plastic is then trimmed away, and the package is removed from the mold.

We use a variety of different types of plastic to create packages for our customers, based on their needs. Some of the plastics we can use include high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), poly-vinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene terephthalate (PETE), and high-density polyethylene just to name a few. We even have starch-based bio materials for our customers to consider.

Sustainability is a huge focus of our operation and we go well beyond the current ISO 14001 requirements for environmental management. Our goal is to reduce waste, reuse and recycle our thermoplastics. Thermoplastics are highly recyclable and we offer post-consumer grade materials as well as new plastics.

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