Thermoformed Plastics: Helpful Information From Indepak

Some Facts About Thermoformed Plastics

At Indepak, most of the materials we use are known as thermoformed plastics or thermoplastics. As a basic definition, thermoformed plastics are simply polymers that become very pliable when heated to a specific temperature. Once cooled, these thermoplastics tend to be very strong and durable.

Because we serve a wide range of industries, we use many different types of thermoplastics, and each of these thermoformed plastics has unique properties. For instance, some thermoformed plastics are more suitable for foods and beverages, while others include anti-static properties that make them ideal to serve as packaging for electronics. Some thermoformed plastics can be used to hold chemicals and solvents, while others cannot.

Our design team will look at your product carefully to determine which type of thermoformed plastics will be a good fit for your packaging needs. We consider many factors when selecting a thermoplastic, including weight, strength, presentation, cost containment and more.

In order to better meet the needs of our wide range of clients, our facility includes multiple lines of quality, high-speed equipment. This allows us the flexibility to use many different kinds of materials and work on multiple products at the same time, thus speeding up our production times and offering customers a better total solution for their packaging or product needs.

At Indepak, there are several types of thermoformed plastics that we commonly use. For instance, high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) is an affordable thermoplastic with many advantageous properties. HIPS is a strong, durable thermoplastic that often is used for items such as point-of-purchase displays, shelving and, as it is FDA-compliant, it can be used for some types of food packaging.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and PETG (PET with the addition of glycol) are two other thermoplastics that we often use. PET and PETG also are FDA-compliant and very often used to hold foods and beverages. In fact, most water bottles are created using PET or PETG, but we can use it to create a wide variety of products and packaging. Some of the advantages of PET and PETG include the low cost as well as the light weight. Additionally, PET and PETG are the two easiest plastics to recycle, accepted by virtually all curbside recycling programs and recycling centers.

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is another highly recyclable thermoplastic. Just like PET, HDPE is widely accepted by most recycling programs. This versatile, malleable material can be used to make everything from milk jugs to plastic lumber. It’s strong and impact resistant, yet very lightweight, making it an excellent option for many types of packaging. It even resists mold and mildew and is quite weather-resistant.

These are just of few of the thermoformed plastics that we can work with here at Indepak. We also use thermoplastics such as ABS, PVC, OPS, PP and much more. We also can create packaging out of starch-based bio materials and can create packaging designs that incorporate multiple materials such as trap-blisters and combination designs with plastic, paper and pulp. There are also recycled plastic materials to consider. Sustainability is always a factor at Indepak, and virtually all the materials that we use in our facility are recyclable.

If you need custom packaging, trays or another product, affordable, versatile and durable thermoformed plastics are always an excellent option. Send us an email or give us a call today and we can discuss your packaging or product needs.