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Advantages of Thermoforming for the Medical Industry

Medical carts and diagnostic equipment, including ultrasound and MRI machines, PET and CT scanners, and x-ray machines play an important role in helping doctors analyze and monitor patients. It’s also important to note that none of this equipment could function without the custom covers, panels and enclosures needed for structure, protection and aesthetics.

Custom heavy gauge thermoforming companies like Plastics Design & Manufacturing produces medical equipment parts like these through the pressure and vacuum thermoforming process. Let’s take a look at several advantages of the thermoforming process used for the medical industry.

1.   Cost-Effective

There are several environmental factors and tolerances involved in manufacturing parts for the medical industry. An experienced heavy gauge thermoforming company like Plastics Design & Manufacturing will be aware of these factors and avoid them, which will save time and money in the long run. Plastic thermoforming offers lower cost, smaller quantity runs and faster production time, which is essential for highly competitive medical companies.

2.   Precise

The medical device industry is highly regulated so it’s important that each product is able to meet very specific standards. With the heavy gauge thermoforming process, it’s possible to achieve precise specifications and sharp detail for each part produced. The team at Plastics Design & Manufacturing typically deal with materials ranging in thickness from .030 in to .500 inches. Compared to other production techniques, thermoforming is a more precise and versatile type of production.

“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,” says Scott Giacchino, vice president of product development and estimating.

3.   Versatile

In addition to the custom-thermoforming process, several medical products need to be painted or have other textures applied. An in-house design and engineering team must have solid modeling experience in order to produce those close tolerance products. A skilled tooling department also is needed to produce sophisticated tooling and fixturing. 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. Our highly-qualified tool makers, equipped with strong technical expertise, will make great partners for your next tooling project.

“Our finishing department includes services such as EMI/RFI shielding, custom painting, texturing, pad printing and multi-color silk-screening. 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.

Choose Experience, Overall Satisfaction

With 45 years of experience, Plastics Design & Manufacturing has the knowledge, experience and capabilities to take on your next 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 goal of total customer satisfaction is our commitment to every client from local business to global corporations. There are many reasons to choose Plastics Design & Manufacturing for your custom thermoforming project, including:

●      Our on-time delivery is 98 percent (industry average is 89 percent)

●      Our customer satisfaction rate is 99 percent (industry average is 92 percent)

●      We’re AS9100:2016 & ISO 9001:2015 Certified, which means we consistently provide outstanding products and services that result in customer satisfaction

●      We are experts in pressure and vacuum heavy gauge thermoforming

●      With an in-house engineering team, we’re able to review your design and make valuable suggestions for you to incorporate into the final production of your part

●      Our in-house services include vacuum forming, pressure forming, profile extrusion, CNC Machining, paint, silkscreen, fabrication and light assembly

Contact us to discuss your custom thermoforming needs.