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  • Double The Power WithTwin Sheet Forming

    In the manufacturing word, there are many ways to put two different parts of products together. You have your choice of glue, staples, and welding for just a few examples. One very popular way that products are made is through a molding process. There are many different variations of this process, and each one comes with their own set of advantages and lends themselves to different projects better. One such way that two materials are formed together is through a thermoforming process called twin sheet forming. Twin sheet forming is...

  • Where To Find Plastic Forming

    The manufacturing procedures that create plastic products are not apart of the everyday lives of the everyday man, woman and child in society. However, the results of these plastic forming processes are encountered at every turn, whether we are in a commercial, industrial or residential setting. Although the most popular use for plastic forming products is packaging, that is something utilized in nearly every context imaginable. Industries using plastic forming processes such as vacuum forming and other process variations include food and beverage, retail, electronics, entertainment, medical, appliance, automotive, sporting...

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Plastic Forming

Plastic forming is a group of manufacturing procedures that takes thermoplastics and forms them through molding processes into a wide variety of plastic products for numerous industrial, commercial and domestic applications. The food and beverage, sporting goods, electronics, medical, appliance, automotive, cosmetics, telecommunications and commercial goods industries all use plastic forming processes that heat a sheet of plastic material and shape it through a mold.

The most common products made from plastic forming processes are plastic packaging. The three different types include blister packs, clamshells and plastic trays, all of which are used to protect, transport and display many different commercial products for sale. Forming offers low tooling costs, quick start-up and cost efficiency for small to medium production runs. Many different plastics are formed, including polyester (PET), used for packaging, high density polyethylene (HDPE), which makes bottles and bags, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), used for food wrap, vegetable oil bottles and blister packaging, polypropylene (PP) food containers and caps, high grades of polystyrene (PS), which are best for products like disposable plastic silverware, CD cases and cartons. Other materials that may be used in plastic forming services include acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), acrylics, polycarbonate and Kydex, which is a PVC-based thermoplastic.

There are different methods of plastic forming, the most popular of which is vacuum forming. Vacuum forming, also called thermoforming, is one of the oldest plastic forming techniques. The process begins when a plastic sheet of uniform thickness is fed into a heating device. Using electric, infrared or natural gas, the material is heated until it reached the desired level of softness and pliability. Time and temperature vary considerably depending upon the specific properties and thickness of the polymer used for a given application. While still hot the sheet is transferred to a forming station where two mating molds made of aluminum enclose the sheet in chamber. A vacuum pump removes all the air from this molding environment, forcing the sheet of plastic to adhere with the mold. After the newly formed part has dried and cured, it is ejected from the mold and trimmed if necessary. Pressure forming and twin sheet thermoforming  are slightly different techniques. Pressure forming uses the vacuum environment and additional air pressure to increase the tightness of the sheet to the mold to create more detailed products. Twin sheet thermoforming takes 2 separate sheets of plastic, forms mirror images of each other, and then welds them together, forming a hollow product with a small seam running down the middle. The process chosen depends largely on the intended use and essential properties of the finished product.

Plastic Forming
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Plastic Forming - Engineered Plastic Products, Inc.

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