Thermoform Packaging & HDPE

Thermoform packaging is the perfect solution for many companies. At Indepak, we create custom thermoform packaging for just about every imaginable industry. There are many different materials or combinations of materials to consider when planning a thermoforming project. One thermoplastic that we can use is known as high-density polyethylene, and here are a few quick facts about this thermoplastic.

High-density polyethylene typically is just known as HDPE. Most of us come into contact with HDPE every single day of our lives, whether we know it or not. Because of its chemical resistance, bottles are often made of HDPE, and these hold everything from milk to laundry detergent. It is not known to leach any harmful chemicals into food products and contains no BPA, which makes it a safe choice for those needing packaging for food or beverages.

Beyond thermoform packaging for foods or liquids, HDPE can be used to create many other types of products. This includes packaging for other industries, as well as plastic lumber, pipes, plastic furniture and even filament for 3-D printers. It is highly recyclable and accepted by virtually all curbside recycling programs. It’s identified by the number 2 surrounded by a triangle of arrows. Flip over your milk jug or fabric softener bottle and you, no doubt, will see this code, which is known as a resin identification code.

Of course, HDPE is not the only thermoplastic that we use. During the design process, our team will consider which type of thermoform packing materials will be the best fit for your product. Each type of thermoplastic has its own unique properties. Some are best for storing food, while others are ideal for retail products or perhaps electronics. Still others have properties that make them an excellent option for a pharmaceutical company’s products.

After we have selected the best type of plastic for your needs, we can design a prototype of your thermoform packaging. Once we have completed the design process, we can move on to production. Our high-speed, high-quality equipment is capable of thermoforming rigid materials ranging from .008” to .080” in thickness and foam materials from approximately 1/16” up to ¼”. Part sizes can range from less than one inch up to 36 inches in dimension.

We also provide our clients with services beyond design and production. We can provide package fulfilment as well as inventory management if needed. We can handle Min/Max inventory planning as well as more complex customer-based web portals. Whatever your company needs, we aim to provide.

To learn more about thermoform packaging, HDPE or all of our custom services send us an email or call today. Since 1967, we have been committed to providing our clients with the highest quality products as well as top customer service.

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