Could Our Data Soon Be Stored On Plastic?

Plastics ManufacturingThese 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.

Can You Weld with Vibration?

You might have tried out welding for the first time in shop class, using a blow torch toCan You Weld with Vibration? 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!

The Tru-Form Mission Statement

The Tru-Form Mission StatementLike 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.

Do You Need EMI Shielding with Nickle or Copper?

Do You Need EMI Shielding with Nickle or Copper?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.

Why Use Thermoforming Instead of Other Types of Molding?

Molded PlasticsThere 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.

Lower Cost

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.

So You Have an Idea for a Product, Now What?

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.

It’s Time to Put in Your Final Orders for the Holidays

page-engineering-quality-largeThe major holiday buying season is upon us, which means that you need to be locked and loaded with your product inventory. Do you have enough products to meet demand? If not, then now is the time to put in those last-minute orders. You know that it always takes time to turn around orders. Plastic parts have to be thermoformed, trimmed, painted, and assembled. Your completed product must also be packaged and shipped to your warehouse.

Do not leave your biggest retailers hanging or undercut your bottom line by playing it too safe and running out of inventory. At Tru-Form Plastics, we can turn your orders around quickly, so you may still be able to make the December rush. Double check your numbers, and if you need to put in an order, don’t hesitate. We can move quickly and provide painting, fabrication, assembly, and printing to save you time and money during the holiday rush!

Need to Increase Speed to Market? Let Us Assemble Your Plastic Pieces

As the holidays approach, speed to market will be a critical component to your company’s success. The faster you can get your products manufactured and assembled, the faster you can get them onto store shelves or into your warehouses for shipping to customers.

One of the best ways to increase speed to market is to streamline your vendor processes and to cut unnecessary vendors from your manufacturing chain. The more vendors involved in your product’s creation and assembly, the greater the turnaround for the product and the increased chance of mistakes and surprise delays.

At Tru-Form Plastics, we want to help you increase your speed to market. That’s why we not only offer thermoplastic manufacturing services. We can also trim, machine, fabricate, bond, and even assemble your plastic parts in our warehouses. You’ll only have to deal with one project coordinator, instead of a dozen different vendors, which will make your job easier too.

Give your product a competitive edge! Call us to learn more about our plastic manufacturing and turn-key solutions today.

Why Trimming of Plastics Is So Important

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When you contract with a manufacturer to make a component part of your product, you will probably spend a good deal of time designing the part and determining the perfect plastic composite to use. Once the design and material are approved, the rest is a piece of cake, right? Actually, you’re over-looking a crucial part of the manufacturing process – the trimming of the completed part.

Once your plastic part is created, all of the excess plastic will need to be trimmed away. The trim is so important, because a poor trim will result in inconsistent parts that may not function correctly or even fit into their designated spot. A poor trim can also make your part look crude if it is a visible component of your product.

At Tru-Form Plastics, we use five-axis CNC trimming, which achieves optimal consistency and accuracy. When you entrust your plastic manufacturing to us, you can feel confident that every single part will be perfect every time!

The Industries We Work With

The Industries We Work WithPlastic is everywhere. If you are reading this, then you are either in direct contact with plastic right now or likely very close to lots of it. That’s because plastic is in almost every single electronic device, from your computer to your smart phone to your refrigerator, car, and especially in the airplanes flying overhead.

Here at Tru-Form Plastics, we are sometimes asked what industries we specialize in. The real answer is that we specialize in plastic. If your industry uses plastic, then we can help you. Since we haven’t discovered an industry that doesn’t use plastic in some form or another, then in reality, we specialize in all industries.

However, we have direct experience in these industries:

  • Medical
  • Aerospace
  • Communications
  • Electronics
  • OEM Components
  • Consumer Products
  • Point of Purchase
  • Appliances
  • Marine
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive

Of course, this is only the beginning of our core competency. If you are looking for plastic parts, regardless of your industry, give us a call. We’re sure we can help you!