We may be biased, but we truly believe that for just about every retail product, thermoformed molding is a fantastic packaging option. If you are still on the fence, here are 8 reasons why you should consider thermoform molding for your packaging.
1. A World Of Versatility
The process of thermoform molding involves feeding large, thin sheets of thermoplastics into machines known as thermoformers. These machines heat up the plastic, force the heated plastic into custom molds, cool the plastic and then trim way excess plastic. Because thermoplastic is so easy to mold, it can be crafted into virtually any shape or size. Even the most complicated designs can be created through the process of thermoform molding, thus thermoplastics are some of the most versatile materials in the world.
2. Affordable Materials
One of the best reasons to consider thermoform molding is the affordability factor. Thermoplastics are far less expensive to produce than products made of metal, glass and even paper-based packaging. At our plant, we have a wide variety of equipment which allows our customers to select plastics that truly fit their budget.
3. More Savings
Beyond the fact that thermoplastics are inexpensive materials in general, using these materials also will save you money in other ways. For instance, because we can create packages that fit around your product exactly, you can use smaller packaging. This means you can fit more products on a shelf and that more products will fit into shipping boxes. Additionally, thermoplastics are extremely lightweight, which lowers your shipping costs and we all know how high transportation costs have become over the last decade.
4. A Myriad Of Materials
As we stated above, our plant features many different types of thermoform molding machinery, and these machines can handle many different thermoplastic materials. With so many choices, it’s easy to find a material that suits your needs. We have thermoplastics ideal for different types of liquids and beverages as well as food products and medical or pharmaceutical products. Additionally, we have materials ideally suitable for electronics and computer-related equipment. No matter what type of product you have, there is a thermoplastic material with properties that will suit that product.
5. Superior Protection
With so many types of thermoplastics, it’s easy to find a type of plastic that protects your product. For instance, perhaps you have a product with several pieces. We can create a thermoplastic tray with custom cavities that fit each piece of your product exactly, thus providing plenty of protection. This tray then can be inserted into a box or even an outer layer of plastic packaging.
Another option is to consider is a thermoplastic clamshell package. These can be crafted out of strong thermoplastic and then heat sealed in order to make it tamper-proof as well as locking out moisture.
While you might not think that thermoplastics and sustainability go hand in hand, you might be surprised at some of the facts about plastic. For instance, virtually every thermoplastic we use at Indepak is recyclable. Many are accepted by most curbside recycling programs, which makes it easy for consumers to recycle their packaging.
At Indepak, we offer a variety of eco-friendly options such as using thermoplastics with post-consumer grade materials as well as combination designs that include plastics as well as paper or pulp. We also can create some packaging out of starch-based bio-plastics.
7. Save Energy & Cut Transportation Costs
The creation of thermoplastic materials also tends to require less energy than the creation of other types of packaging materials, such as aluminum. More importantly, plastic weighs less than other materials, which means that you expend less energy to transport your products. Because of the light weight, you also can place more products into trucks, planes, trains and ships.
8. Attractive & Eye-Catching
One of the big advantages of using thermoplastic packaging is that this material is clear and allows consumers to see exactly what they are purchasing. We can create designs that catch the eye and show off your product to its best advantage. While designing cost-effective and protective packaging is always a priority, we also strive to create designs that attract consumers.
At Indepak, we offer thermoformed molding services for just about every industry. Our client list includes many retailers as well as specialty food and beverage companies. If you are in the market for affordable, custom packaging, give us a call today and let’s discuss your packaging needs.