Evolving Trends in the Thermoforming Industry


Automation and technology are making a significant impact on thermoforming, according to a recent report. Whether it’s integrating robotics, optimizing inventory control, upgrading assembly equipment, or improving tools on packaging design, big strides are being made in thermoforming industry to make it more efficient and ensure the latest technology is being utilized to its full potential.

Tooling machines continue to advance technologically with advanced control systems and automation in the way of robotic systems. Not only do advances create efficiency, they also all but ensure the accuracy and repeatability of the process. Because of this efficiency, many experts believe the thermoforming process will replace the injection molding that is used in many applications due to increased efficiency and reduced tooling costs.

The desire for “green” products steadily increases every year as climate change and the amount of waste we have becomes an issue that more and more people are concerned with. Because of this, sustainability has become a very important topic in the thermoform industry. Sustainability is achieved through creating thin walls and using recyclable or biodegradable materials. The process of working to reduce the amount of material used in a thermoform application is called “lightweighting” or “downgauging.”

At ThermoFlex, we pay close attention to trends and new technologies in the thermoform industry. We want to be sure that the work that we are doing is as efficient and accurate as possible. Our trays and packaging are made from thin-walled, roll fed plastic with a thickness of less than 1.5 mm. Sustainability is extremely important to us -- why use more material when you can use less and keep the same, if not enhance product performance with in-line thermoforming? Contact us today, we’d love to hear from you!