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Thermoforming Manufacturers and Companies

IQS Directory implements a thorough list of thermoforming companies and suppliers. Utilize our listing to examine and sort top thermoforming companies with previews of ads and detailed descriptions of each product. Any thermoforming company can design and engineer thermoforming services to meet your companies specific qualifications. An easy connection to reach thermoforming companies through our fast request for quote form is provided on our website. The company information includes website links, company profile, locations, phone, product videos and product information. Customer reviews are available and product specific news articles. This source is right for you whether it's for a company of plastic thermoforming, automotive thermoforming, and medical thermoformers.

  • Greeneville, TN 423-638-1284

    Thermoforming is what we are all about! We have the capabilities to produce face-on blisters, trays, fillers, structures and any other product you desire. We also have machines that are capable of thermoforming both small and large items for your convenience. Your product materials may include PVC, APET, PETG, HIPS, ABS or many other materials that are available in a variety of colors as well. Call today to learn more!

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  • Lake Bluff, IL 847-604-5100

    Our specialized thermoforming solutions utilize a range of materials including ABS, PC, HMWPE, TPO, HIPS, PVC and more. We strive to give your business a competitive advantage and we take quality very seriously here which is why we are ISO 9001:2008 registered. Our thermoforming is beyond compare and we are here to meet your needs.

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  • New Milford, CT 860-354-0885

    Conlet’s goal is to understand your business needs & implement technology consulting, education & procurement. Their technology & training solutions have been implemented in a wide range of major industries. Functioning as a specialized extension of our client’s facility, we assure the highest quality of thermoforming with an optimum combination of price, quality & on-time delivery.

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  • Stirling, NJ 800-304-3774

    Engineered Plastic Products custom forms & fabricates sheet thermoplastic materials, standard & specialized, for any number of industrial & commercial requirements. EPP has been widely recognized for outstanding manufacturing & service since 1958 for companies such as GE, NASA & AT&T. Custom fabricated parts can be as large as 72"x108" down to 2"x2" in any thickness up to 1 1/2". Post-forming includes all types of machining & assembly.

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  • McSherrystown, PA 717-633-6333

    SAY Plastics is a plastics processor specializing in OEM Thermoforming. Our state of the art facility, located in South Central Pennsylvania, houses the latest manufacturing technologies. From our computer controlled forming equipment and our vacuum molding capabilities, to our brand new high speed CNC Routers, SAY Plastics has the tools for your next project.

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  • Coleman, MI 877-465-4055

    We provide custom thermoforming for all of your needs. We offer cost effective thermoforming that is versatile and efficient. We use our own plastic that we have extruded in house so we have complete control over your product. We are the “go to” people to fill any size order; no job is too small or too large for us! To learn more visit our website or contact our friendly customer service representatives via telephone or email today!

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Thermoforming

The term “thermoforming” refers to a manufacturing process during which plastic materials are made to form parts through heating, stretching and cooling. It yields medium to large scale results quickly, frequently producing uniform parts within seconds of each other. Thermoforming is a fairly inexpensive procedure, used to the benefit of industries including: cosmetics, sports and recreation, food processing, healthcare, entertainment, electronics, appliance, textile, toy and office supply. Thermoforming is valued in packaging and shipping in particular, because it allows them to quickly and economically receive products they rely on, like shrink wrap, bins, clamshells and blister packs.

The basic thermoforming process is carried out as follows: First, thermoplastic film or sheet is fed into a heating device; to raise the temperature of the plastic, the heater harnesses the power of either infrared radiation, natural gas or electricity. The plastic remains in the heater until it becomes pliable and soft. The time it takes and the temperature selected for this to happen depends on the properties of the plastic being used. Regardless, once pliable, the plastic is moved over to the form station, where it is stretched over a temperature-controlled surface known as a buck or a mold. At this point, the technique used to solidify the form varies. Most often, manufacturers use a method called vacuum forming. During vacuum forming, a vacuum suctions the air between the plastic and the mold, forcing them together. Another common method of adherence-securing is pressure forming. During pressure forming, pressurized air pushes the plastic into the mold. Of the two, pressure forming yields the best level of adherence and is preferred for detail-heavy applications. Another option is twin sheet thermoforming, which combines and seals two thermoplastic sheets together with a seam around their edges to form one uniform part. Finally, drape forming involves draping the heated plastic over the mold in order to create parts with a gradual bend. After this step, the thermoforming process once again becomes fairly standard: the part is dried, allowed to cool, cured and ejected. If it needs it, it can then be trimmed via CNC machining, drilling, cutting or hand routing. Once this is done, it may undergo secondary processes like hot stamping or printing.

Generally speaking, thermoforming can be divided into two categories: thin-gauge thermoforming and heavy-gauge, or thick, thermoforming. Those sheets being used that are less than .06 inches (1.5 mm) thick are formed by thin-gauge thermoforming procedures, while sheets that exceed .12 inches (3 mm) in thickness are formed via heavy-gauge thermoforming. Common thin-gauge products include disposable or recyclable items like food containers, lids, trays, cups and the aforementioned blisters and clamshells. Heavy-gauge thermoforming, on the other hand, yields more permanent products like cosmetic surfaces of refrigerators, kiosks, spas, cars and trucks, electronic equipment and more.

The list of plastics that manufacturers may use during thermoforming is quite varied. It consists of many thermoplastics, such as acrylic, crystalline polyester, low density polyethylene (LDPE), polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polypropylene, as well as semi-gloss polymers and other plastics that exhibit qualities of moisture resistance, rigidity and durability. Manufacturers will select which one or ones to use for an application based on their qualities and how they match up with the needs of that application. Before proceeding with the process, they must also decide on clamping force, depth of draw, air pressure, machine dimensions and thickness.

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