Thermoforming is a process of heating thermoplastic sheet and placing it over a mold until cooled. The thickness of the material determines whether the manufacturing process uses rolled sheets (thin gauge) or pre-cut stacked sheets (heavy gauge). Thin gauge material is dominant in the disposable packaging sector, especially in the retail markets. Heavy or thick gauge material is commonly used as permanent components in such things as refrigerators, automobiles and spas to name a few. To learn more about the plastic thermoforming process, click here.
Here are some ways StockCap produces thermoformed protection for the industrial sector.
Thermoformed caps are lightweight and can be made of varying diameters and lengths.
Thermoformed packaging trays can be as simple as an opened, flat-bottom tray or designed and formed to specific shapes for containing individual items. By definition, a tray helps to contain or transport items and this applies to the industrial sector as well as to consumer goods. Using the packaging tray in this image, an industrial component is stored and transported through an assembly line.
Thermoforming is an inexpensive way to mask a product before painting and other low-temperature masking applications. It is especially effective on large and odd shaped parts.
PVC, PETG, and PET are the most commonly used thermoforming materials.