The thermoforming process consists in printing in a hot plastic film the three-dimensional image in the negative of an object.

The resulting thermoformed packaging remains fixed during storage and transport, ensuring the stability and optimal protection of the product.

Thermoformed trays can be returnable or disposable and can be made from several materials depending on the desired application: ABS, HIPS, ESDPS. The manufacturing time is short.

The applications of thermoformed trays for industry are:

  • blisters (accessories, yale, cables, etc.) – especially for one-way applications
  • packaging trays for transport and storage (for small parts, bearings, injectors, sensors, various automotive components, etc.)

For a good quality / price ratio it is recommended to use thermoformed trays for packaging only in the case of large volumes of transported parts.

They are used in the automotive, pharmaceutical (thermoformed blisters) and food industries.

  • Thermoformed blisters

    Blister-type thermoformed trays

    The blister-type thermoformed trays have, as the name implies, cavities or individual capsules, in which the same type of products is usually placed.

    They are fully customized packaging, used to transport small and medium sized parts, which need protection and cannot be packed in bulk. The cavities follow exactly the part of the parts with which they come into contact, maintaining their position and protecting them from the tray above them.

    They can be made out of PET, PS, HIPS, ABS, PP, etc. plates, at the thicknesses necessary to support the total weight of the parts in the tray, but with a minimum of material consumption, thus maintaining low costs in production and tour transport. They can also be produced from plates with ESD properties.

    The trays overlap inside the injected plastic boxes.

    They are used mainly in the automotive industry, electronics, when it is not possible to return the packaging completely, or when the return costs are too high, and would exceed a possible series of new trays.

  • Standard thermoformed trays

    Standard thermoformed trays

    Standard thermoformed trays can be produced in any form and for a wide variety of products, from small or light to large or heavy products.

    They are used in automotive, electronics industry for sensitive parts, aviation industry, components of precision equipment, medical optics, etc.

    The pieces are placed in cavities that follow their contour and shape, and are securely fixed during transport.

    Not only the handling the standard thermoformed trays when loading and unloading is done very quickly but also the reception on delivery.

    They can then be stacked and put in a larger returnable package (KLT, VDA boxes, injected containers, etc.), or they can be put individually in returnable packaging, depending on the application.

    Standard thermoformed packaging can be produced from PET, PET-G, ABS, HIPS, or from conductive or dissipative ESD material.

    They can be disposable or returnable. There are variants to the reusable ones, depending on the model of the parts, to be able to stack in the nest by turning at 180° for the return transport, this means low transport and storage costs.

    Optionally, cutouts or TPU coating can be made to protect very sensitive parts from scratches caused by the movement of parts during transport.

    They can be washed in washing machines for cans.

  • Heavy duty thermoformed trays for intensive use

    Heavy duty thermoformed trays for intensive use

    This line of trays is specially designed to be returnable packaging.

    Heavy duty trays are designed to be efficient and safe for transport, especially in the case of large or heavy parts (parts of conveyor components, high pressure pumps, fuel pumps, piping, cases, etc.).

    On the inside, the design goes on the line of the highest density of products, but also on the packaging of products individually.

    They’re cost-effective in production, they’re robust, and they’re resistant to repeated use.

    They have double frames to cope with the stacking weight and pressure of the heavier products, but also to ensure the stability of the stacks. They can also be produced with frames to accommodate caps or various other protections, if the application requires it.

    Even if the materials have high quality to withstand an intensive flow of use, the trays are light and the transport costs are thus streamlined.

    They may be separated from the container in which they are placed, and washed in order to remove residues as effectively as possible and not to contaminate the parts from the next transport. After washing and drying, the container and the heavy duty tray are reassembled for the next use.

    They can also be placed on wooden or plastic pallets, and the top row is covered with a lid. For increased stability, one can choose to place on the pallet an anti-slip protection sheet.

    It is suitable for washing in plastic crates washing machines.