These days it is truly astounding how much data we can stuff onto external hard drives or even the ubiquitous USB drive. Computer chips are getting smaller and smaller and are able to store greater amounts of information, but it seems that eventually we’ll reach the limit of what is possible with our current materials. An intriguing article in New Scientist spotlights a scientist named Jean-Francois Lutz working out of the Institute Charles Sadron in Strasbourg, France who has just shown that it is possible to store data on chains of plastic.
Using the idea of DNA as a foundation, Lutz envisions a future where an entire library of information can be stored on numerous short polymer chains. So far, his team has written the term CNRS across six polymers. The acronym CNRS (the French National Center for Scientific Research) across six polymers.
Here at Tru-Form Plastics, we know that plastic is a versatile substance, but this is truly astounding and inspiring!. Plastic will continue to define the future progress of humanity.
In its simplest form, a small tabletop or lab size machine can be used to heat small cut sections of plastic sheet and stretch it over a mold using vacuum. This method is often used for sample and prototype parts. In complex and high-volume applications, very large production machines are utilized to heat and form the plastic sheet and trim the formed parts from the sheet in a continuous high-speed process, and can produce many thousands of finished parts per hour depending on the machine and mold size and the size of the parts being formed.
Thermoforming differs from injection molding, blow molding, rotational molding and other forms of processing plastics. Thin-gauge thermoforming is primarily the manufacture of disposable cups, containers, lids, trays, blisters, clamshells, and other products for the food, medical, and general retail industries. Thick-gauge thermoforming includes parts as diverse as vehicle door and dash panels, refrigerator liners, utility vehicle beds, and plastic pallets. Per Wikipedia.
You might have tried out welding for the first time in shop class, using a blow torch to pit fire against metal. When the fire melted the metal, it cooled and fused forming a joint. That same blow torch isn’t exactly a useful tool when it comes to attaching certain other materials such as plastics.
Here at Tru-Form Plastics, we use a different wielding technique that actually utilizes the science of vibration! This is called sonic welding or ultrasonic welding. The gist of sonic welding is that high-frequency ultrasonic acoustic vibrations transfer energy into a localized area of the plastic pieces. The plastic absorbs the vibrations, which heat up and melt the plastics, creating a new joint when the plastic cools. With sonic welding, there is no need for glue, nails, or screws.
Sonic welding can lead to very strong and durable plastic joints, and we have had good results with this process at our company. Want to learn more about our sonic welding services? Contact Tru-Form Plastics today!
Like most companies, Tru-Form Plastics operates under guiding principles, which we take very seriously. Our mission statement was crafted carefully and reflects our values as we work to provide our customers with excellent customer service and great products. Here are our five guiding principles:
- Devoted customer service
- Excellent manufacturing
- Highest quality standards
- On-time delivery of products
- Building strong relationships
Is your current plastics manufacturer meeting all of these standards for you? If they aren’t giving you fantastic customer service, shipping high quality parts to you on time, and always seeking to make your job easier, then it might be time to start looking for a new vendor!
We invite you to put us to the test. We would be happy to compete for your business and to prove that our mission statement isn’t just words. Contact us today and let us know more about your plastic manufacturing needs. We look forward to hearing from you.
Thermoforming of plastic has been around for many years, but, as with almost every other industry, technology has made some big changes in how thermoforming works. Specialized computer programs now allow us to be even more precise during the thermoforming process, which greatly increases the efficiency of each job as well as the overall quality of the parts. Specifically, computers have increased the consistency of the parts, so that each part is almost an exact replica of the other. This means that parts fit seamlessly into a product, giving the end client a problem-free experience.
The efficiency gains we’ve made with technology means that our thermoforming process runs faster and smoother. For example, we can repeat same-job setups, which saves lots of processing and heating time. This translates into lower prices for our clients and a faster turnaround of their orders.
At Tru-Form Plastics, we embrace technology that allows us to provide better products for our clients with a faster turnaround and lower costs. Contact us today to learn how we can help you save on your plastic parts needs.
Implementing effective EMI shielding can help prevent electromagnetic interference from disrupting your sensitive electronic equipment, but if you need nickel or copper shielding you are going to have to accommodate the regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency and any local agencies, such as the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).
At Tru-Form Plastics, we are one of the only facilities in Southern California that can provide nickel and copper shielding. We are fully certified by the UL on certain substrates, and we work within the regulations of the EPA and SCAQMD.
If you work with a plastics company that is unfamiliar with nickel and copper shielding, they will likely face many difficulties, which could delay your project. Instead, work with a company, like Tru-Form with the experience and expertise to meet all of your EMI shielding needs.
Contact us today to learn more about our EMI shielding services.
There are a variety of ways to mold plastics into the many objects we use in our everyday lives. Some of these processing techniques include injection molding, blow molding, rotational molding, and thermoforming. At Tru-Form Plastics, we use the thermoforming method for several important reasons.
One of the biggest reasons we advocate for thermoforming, is because it is one of the least expensive ways to form plastics while still achieving a great outcome. Our clients are always looking for ways to cut costs, and this is an easy way to save without sacrificing quality.
Short Lead Time
Thermoforming is also a relatively fast process, which means we can turn around orders quickly for our clients. This is important for clients who need to stock shelves quickly or who use just-in-time inventory practices.
Easy to Make Changes
With other types of plastics processes, even small changes to your design can mean big upfront costs. These costs are much lower with thermoforming. That means you can feel a lot more confident in making updates and improvements to your product design without a huge price tag attached.
Interested in learning more about the thermoforming process? Contact Tru-From Plastics today.
In this day and age, it’s hard to imagine a life without plastic. We find plastic everywhere, from the chairs we sit in, to the cars we drive, and the bottle that holds our favorite soda. However, for the vast majority of human existence, our ancestors relied on natural materials like stone, wood, metals, leather, and clay as the building blocks of everything.
It was only thanks to the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s that chemistry started to take off and eventually led to Alexander Parkes patenting the very first plastic material, called Parkesine, which he unveiled at the 1862 Great International Exhibition in London. The first fully synthetic thermoset, (what we would consider a modern-day plastic), wasn’t created until the early 1900s, when Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland introduced his creation, Bakelite. Both World War I and World War II spurred development in the chemistry sector, and by the 1950s, plastic had come into its own.
That leads us to today, where plastic keeps us safe on the road, helps deliver astronauts to the International Space Station, and saves lives in hospitals every single day!
One thing that sets Tru-Form Plastics apart from our competition is that we not only manufacture plastic parts for your products in-house, but we can also paint them to your exact specifications. This extra service is just one more way that we try to go above and beyond for our customers.
Painting requires a very specific work environment, skilled painters, and expensive equipment. If you don’t want to invest in all that, let us handle that work for you. We can perform almost any type of painting along with related services, like: Pad printing, sand blasting, multi-color silk screening, peel-off protective coating, specialty masking and fixturing, EMI shielding, surface texturing, smooth finishes, and more!
All of our painting is performed in-house by our highly trained employees, so you can count on a high-quality and consistent result on every single part! Don’t worry about the painting and finishing; we’ve got you covered!
You have a product idea. A great product idea. No, a world-changing product idea. Well, we have some bad news for you. Ideas are a dime a dozen. The difference between a guy or gal with a great idea and a successful inventor or business owner is implementation. Unless you can actually manufacture and find a way to sell your product, that idea will only be a dream.
Fortunately, you don’t have to actually build your product. Many companies, like Tru-Form Plastics, exist to help you manufacture all the pieces that go into your product and to assemble them. In fact, you can hire companies to warehouse, package, and even ship your products.
The key is to find great vendors who can create high quality and consistent products your future customers are going to love. You’ll also need to find financing, since none of these companies work for free. It’s important that you truly believe in your idea before investing so much time, money, and capital into it!
If you need help manufacturing plastic parts for your product, contact Tru-Form Plastics today.