There are two types of thermoformed plastic sheets: thi […]
There are two types of thermoformed plastic sheets: thin and thick. Both types are manufactured by the same thermoforming process. This means that the plastic is extruded into a sheet, then heated and shaped. This heating process increases the flexibility of the plastic, so it can be made into a variety of shapes to fit the product or part to be covered. Thin gauge thermoformed plastic sheets are a type of plastic sheet found in packaging, including flip covers, which can be used for everything from toys to blister packs. The transparent quality of plastic makes it an attractive protective layer for those companies in the retail industry.
On the other hand, in applications requiring excellent impact resistance, high rigidity, and durability, it is required to use a thick gauge or a thick gauge thermoformed plastic sheet. Such flakes typically have a width of 24 'to 60' or more. Because large-format thermoformed plastic sheets are typically between 0.060 and 0.375 inches thick, they are rigid and therefore much stronger than thin products.
The manufacturing process consists of high-quality materials including polycarbonate, PC-ABS blends, ABS and PVC. For safety reasons, these materials are generally UL listed and flame retardant. Despite extreme care when manufacturing thermoformed plastic sheets, most manufacturers can still adapt to lower production volumes without increasing costs, so even small businesses can take advantage of thermoforming technology. This is because the mold used in this process is cheaper than the expensive injection molding.
Thick gauge thermoformed plastic sheets are also different from their thin counterparts because they are usually part of the product itself, rather than a disposable cover. In most cases, thicker sheets will wrap medical, electronic and industrial products and will not be discarded. As a result, a visually pleasing output is required. To this end, many thick gauge plastic sheet manufacturers will add colors, logos and other brand design details during the thermoforming process. This gives the finished product an elegant finished appearance that appeals to consumers' aesthetics.
Computers, outdoor equipment, medical equipment, sports equipment and radomes are just a few of them. They incorporate thick gauge thermoformed plastic sheets. Other industries that routinely use thick gauge thermoformed boards are search and rescue, automotive, communications, construction, and military.
One of the main attractions of the technology is that the plastic it produces is not only durable, but also functional and stylish. The sheet is an ideal alternative to metal coverings because it is lighter and does not affect impact resistance. Even when dealing with complex shapes, it can make products look more stylish without the need for expensive finishing techniques. Finally, it is resistant to corrosion, so components that are critical to the daily lives of consumers have stood the test of time without rusting or spoiling.
The thermoforming process is very suitable for producing rigid PVC, which is suitable for encapsulating shallow and deep molded parts. It can be as transparent as a thin-walled thermoformed plastic sheet, but it is highly resistant to impact and thus better protects the product. The secret behind these qualities is the uniform heating during the thermoforming process.