Thermoformed Foam From Indepak
Ah, thermoformed foam. It’s everywhere you look and in many places you cannot see, such as in the cushion of your sofa or car seats or inside the soft mattress where you enjoy your nightly rest. While we don’t create foam cushions or mattresses here at Indepak, there is a lot we can do with foam thermoforming. Here’s a quick look at the world of thermoformed foam and our role within this world.
Thermoformed Foam: The Many Positives
There are many excellent characteristics of thermoformed foam. It’s lightweight, which makes it a cost-effective packaging material option. Foam is durable and can absorb impact, protecting your precious parts or products. It’s also resistant to mold and mildew as well as resistant to the growth of many types of bacteria. This makes it an excellent option for products such as those cool little tooth whitening trays we use to improve your smile, as well as anything else that might come in contact with moisture and bacteria. Foam also is quite inexpensive, which makes it an affordable option for many of our clients.
Foam Thermoforming Materials
Thermoforming is the name of the process we use to create your foam packaging or foam products, and thermoform plastics are the materials we use. There are quite a few different types of thermoforming foam materials, including polyurethane foam, polystyrene foam, polyethylene foam and even foam made from starch-based bioplastics.
Open Cell Vs. Closed Cell
In general, you might hear people at foam thermoforming companies refer to either open-cell foam or closed-cell foam. Open-cell foam feels softer and more flexible than closed-cell foam. While closed-cell foam feels firmer and is more resistant to pressure. Closed-cell foam provides higher insulating value than open-cell foam, although open-cell does provide a good level of insulation in general. The type of thermoformed foam we use will depend on your needs.
Thermoformed Foam Options For Any Product
Throughout the last 50 years, we’ve worked with clients from a range of industries, including the specialty foods industry, the medical & pharmaceutical industry, the electronics industry, the agriculture industry and for many clients that produce retail products. While not all of these clients have needed our foam thermoforming services, we can produce foam that meets a variety of very specific needs.
For instance, some of our clients need anti-static foams to protect their static sensitive products. These might need thermoformed foam with conductive or dissipative properties. You also might need foam that is breathable or hydrophilic or something else entirely. Our design team will study your product carefully and determine which type of foam is the best fit for your needs.
At Indepak, we’ve developed a proprietary, high-speed process for forming and die cutting foam in-line. We are able to process foam materials from about 1/16” up to ¼” in thickness. The process begins with a meeting between your representatives and our design team. Each project is unique, and our design and engineering teams have many years of experience in diverse applications. Once the design and prototype have been approved, we move on to production. Our facility includes multiple lines of high-speed thermoforming equipment to allow us to quickly finish projects on time and on budget. We also offer additional services such as inventory management and package fulfilment, as it is always our goal to provide a total solution for each of our clients.
If you are interesting in learning more about thermoformed foam in general or our foam thermoforming services, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Indepak at any time.