PT ZONE: Thermoforming

Cooling Makeover Helps Plant Boost Efficiency, Save Energy
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SPE announces 2016 SPE foundation scholarship award recipients

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has announced the winners of the 2016 scholarship program administered by SPE Foundation, including 42 scholarships totaling more than $110,000.

‘Smart Lid’ Changes Color If Drink Is Too Hot

The Aussie-based company has appointed a large-scale European thermoformer to make its lids, with the hunt on for a U.S. supplier.

Vaulting to Number One Among Heavy-Gauge Thermoformers

For Wilbert Plastic Services, it’s all about bringing together design and engineering to add value for customers.

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In this process, plastic sheet is heated to a pliable forming temperature then shaped into a part by a male and female mold with the help of a vacuum. Thermoforming can be categorized into thin- and thick-gauge. The former is for packaging applications such cups, trays, lids and clamshells. Thick-gauge thermoformed parts include refrigerator door liners and truck-bed liners.

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