Plastic thermoforming entails heating large sheets to very high temperatures and making them assume the desirable format when cooling them. A common type of thermoforming is vacuum forming in which the designer applies vacuum force between various plastic folds to create diverse shapes. Unlike injection molding and other methods used to produce plastic packaging material, thermoforming has numerous advantages due to its effectiveness. Besides vacuum forming, you can combine thermoforming with twin sheet forming, drape forming, and pressure forming to come up with different plastic products. Here are some major reasons why many companies are switching to thermoformed plastic packaging materials.
As stated before, there are many ways to create a thermoformed plastic product or package, but vacuum thermoform will provide you with a highly durable product. Sometimes vacuum forming will be a bit pricier than another method, but the high quality of the finished product typically is worth the extra cost. Ensuring that your product packaging is strong can be the most important factor.
The use of thermoforming machines are quite popular because these machines are capable of producing many different types of products as well as packaging. This might include plastic cups, plastic trays or clamshell packaging, just to name a few items. Thermoforming machines are capable of working with many different varieties of thermoplastic, which allows you to truly select materials that fit your needs and budget.
Thermoforming machines are both versatile and typically more affordable than some other types of thermoforming equipment. Generally, you will find that a company offering injection molding services will charge up to 30 percent higher fees than a company that utilizes vacuum thermoforming machines. Even when these thermoforming machines are pricier, the speed at which they work is impressive and because a thermoforming company can quickly fulfill a client order and move on to the next client, this allows them to handle more clients, thus reducing overall cost.
Furthermore, there are not as many companies out there today that offer injection molding and finding skilled injection molding specialists can be tricky. There are many high quality thermoforming companies throughout the United States, and many offer custom thermoforming as well as providing stock thermoformed products. Your best bet is typically to find a company that can customize your packaging, uses a wide variety of materials and includes design and production in their service model. A select few companies also offer inventory management and shipping services, and this also can be a great option to consider.
These are just a few of the key advantages of thermoforming. You can find a broad range of thermoformed plastic products that are not only attractive but also sturdy, indicating that the method derives superior products.