4 Tips for Selecting The Best Heavy Gauge Thermoforming Company

In the heavy gauge thermoforming industry, the needs of each customer, project and process are very unique. Timelines, equipment, company experience, technical knowledge and material requirements are just a few of the issues that customers face when choosing a heavy gauge thermoforming company.

What to look for in a heavy gauge thermoforming company

Customers also expect cost-effective, quality solutions that meet or exceed industry standards. it’s important that the heavy gauge thermoforming company you’re considering can offer you the following:

1.   Certifications

In most cases, without the proper certifications, a heavy gauge thermoforming company will be unable to provide necessary documentation to work on a project. Proper certifications reinforce the quality, expertise, reliability of the heavy gauge thermoforming company.

“Our AS9100D certification is of paramount importance, as it reinforces a higher degree of quality and aerospace standardization. AS9100D boosts our engaged team member’s performance and productivity. It motivates our team to implement processes to ensure problems are quickly identified and resolved,” says John Gonzalez, quality manager at Plastics Design & Manufacturing.

Plastics Design and Manufacturing’s AS9100D Quality Management System (QMS) is a formalized system containing procedures, documents, responsibilities, quality processes and objectives. It may be summarized as a set of requirements for customer satisfaction. It also establishes continued training and development programs for its team members to equip them with the necessary skill sets to match the changing needs of its clientele.

“AS9100D provides a vastly improved customer experience. We identify key areas of importance to our customers and deliver a high quality product based on their priorities and regulatory concerns. Our quality system ensures standards for improvement and sustainable customer success with the use of our high end quality craftsmanship,” adds Gonzalez.

In addition to the AS9100D accreditation, Plastics Design & Manufacturing offers numerous certified programs and continually improves upon others, including:

  • FOD (Foreign Object Detection) Program
  • Counterfeit Control Program (Suppliers are OEM and franchised distributors)
  • ROHS compliant
  • DFARS compliant, (We buy only from domestic and local sources)
  • UL compliant
  • ANAB accredited
  • ISO 9001-2015 certified
  • OASIS registered
  • NADCAP accredited
  • ITAR compliant
  • ANSI compliant
  • International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) members

“These accreditations separate us from our competitors. Delivering a product backed by these prestigious organizations reduces waste, ensures compliance and improves the efficiency of your supply chain,” adds Gonzalez.

2.   Customer Service

It’s important to choose a heavy gauge thermoforming company that ensures your experience is a positive one, and focuses on managing your project efficiently, affordably and with the highest quality. In business for 45 years, Plastics Design & Manufacturing prides itself on staff retention. The average tenure for its employees is 16 years. The staff always puts the needs of the customer first, responding quickly to customer feedback.

Plastics Design & Manufacturing was built on the foundation of “Customer First.” Our knowledgeable and well-trained staff always provides courteous and friendly service to our customers with same-day quotes and superior quality. Our goal of total customer satisfaction is our commitment to every client from local business to global corporations,” says Scott Giacchino, vice president of product development and estimating at Plastics Design & Manufacturing.

3.   Product Development

It’s important to know if the company has experience thermoforming parts for products related to your specific industry. Plastics Design & Manufacturing serves a variety of High-Tech, Medical, Aeronautical, Industrial and Commercial industries from engineering consultation and product development to volume production and personalized stocking programs.

There are several environmental factors and tolerances involved in manufacturing parts for different industries. An experienced heavy gauge thermoforming company will be aware of these factors and avoid them, which will save time and money in the long run. An in-house design and engineering team must have solid modeling experience in order to produce those close tolerance products.

A skilled in-house tooling department also is needed to produce sophisticated tooling and fixturing. Our highly-qualified tool makers, equipped with strong technical expertise, will make great partners for your next tooling project. Plastics Design & Manufacturing has a strong lineup of tooling equipment, including 3-Axis and 5-Axis CNC Milling Centers that provide close tolerance secondary machining of custom-formed products and custom-machined components.

“We handle all product development requests, from simple to complex projects. Our process control, documentation control and attention to custom specifications have earned us preferred vendor status with our customers. Whether your project is large or small, our highly-qualified team will work closely with you to ensure your product requirements are met,” adds Giacchino.

“What makes us unique is that we also offer in-house painting and profile extrusion. Our finishing department includes services such as EMI/RFI shielding, custom painting, texturing, pad printing and multi-color silk-screening. Our custom profile and pipe extrusion capabilities offer our clients a wide range of products, including tubing and pipe to window frames, door glides, strips and moldings. Our process knowledge and integration of manufacturing controls provide our clients with the high-quality products they expect. The integration of these unique services is that it provides our customers with turnkey production capabilities resulting in better control of quality, consistency, delivery and pricing,” adds Giacchino.

4.   Longevity

With 45 years of experience, Plastics Design & Manufacturing has the knowledge, experience and capabilities to take on your next heavy gauge thermoforming project. We understand that when you choose Plastics Design & Manufacturing to make your thermoformed parts you are making a commitment for the life of the product. Our customers have come to rely on our high level of customer service and product consistency and have been making some of the same parts for over 30 years. We understand that it is a big commitment to place your heavy gauge thermoforming parts with Plastics Design & Manufacturing and promise to make you another satisfied customer.

“At Plastics Design & Manufacturing, we value our tireless staff and know they are a big part of our success. We have a dedicated and loyal staff committed to the overall success of the company,” adds Giacchino.

Choose Plastics Design & Manufacturing For Your Heavy Gauge Thermoforming Needs

Plastics Design & Manufacturing has been a leader in the custom heavy gauge thermoforming community for over 40 years. Our award-winning plastics manufacturing services and quality certifications allow us to serve a variety of High-Tech, Medical, Aeronautical, Industrial and Commercial industries from engineering consultation and product development to volume production and personalized stocking programs. Our turnkey capabilities, entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to excellence provide Plastics Design & Manufacturing the capability to deliver creative, cost effective solutions to your custom heavy gauge thermoforming needs.

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