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Tru-Form Plastics Welcomes Jaysen Rodriguez as Business Analyst/Project Estimator

Experienced professional to save full-service thermoformer time and money with data-centric capabilities.

WESTMINSTER, Calif – Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company, recently added Jaysen Rodriguez as a Business Analyst/Project Estimator at the company’s Southern California headquarters, where he will leverage his analytical skills to increase efficiencies and decrease costs.

Rodriguez has 20 years of analytics experience. Throughout his career, he has held analyst positions at Disney, Hyundai, and Office Max, where his accomplishments included generating processes and procedures to increase productivity. He received an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Calvary College.

“Jaysen’s effectiveness at interpreting opportunities is a tremendous asset to us,” said General Manager Tom Cantwell. “He’s always looking for a better, faster, and easier way to do things, and identifying these opportunities will greatly benefit our organization as we continue to grow.”

To learn more about Tru-Form Plastics, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566, or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com.

About Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company – A world-class, full-service custom thermoformer with more than 100 years of combined experience located in Southern California’s Orange County, Tru-Form Plastics’ offerings include design, rapid prototypes, production, assembly and distribution. The company is well-positioned to meet a variety of needs. The company serves a wide variety of industries including medical, aerospace and defense, architectural lighting, automotive, consumer, and OEM. To learn more, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566 or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com.

Lorena Trinidad Joins Tru-Form Plastics as HR/Accounting Administrator

Seasoned professional to boost efficiencies, profits, and morale at Southern California thermoformer.

WESTMINSTER, Calif.– Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company, has named Lorena Trinidad as HR/Accounting Administrator at the full-service custom thermoformer’s headquarters in Southern California, where she will assist with human resources tasks such as recruitment, employee benefits, and payroll as well as invoicing and accounts receivable collections.

Lorena has 25 years of industry experience, most recently serving as Office Administrator/Human Resources with TVH Parts Americas, where she was responsible for timekeeping and attendance tracking, recruiting and training, performance evaluations, and administering medical benefits. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and Human Resources from Texas Tech University.

“Lorena is a positive, approachable individual who will provide invaluable support to employees as well as our internal operations,” said General Manager Tom Cantwell. “Her personality combined with her work ethic makes her a perfect fit for our team, and I’m pleased to welcome her onboard.”

To learn more about Tru-Form Plastics, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566, or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com.

About Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company – A world-class, full-service custom thermoformer with more than 100 years of combined experience located in Southern California’s Orange County, Tru-Form Plastics’ offerings include design, rapid prototypes, production, assembly and distribution. The company is well-positioned to meet a variety of needs. The company serves a wide variety of industries including medical, aerospace and defense, architectural lighting, automotive, consumer, and OEM. To learn more, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566 or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com.

Tru-Form Plastics Names Edgar Rodriguez Production Supervisor

Solution-centered leader to enhance manufacturing capabilities of full-service thermoformer.

WESTMINSTER, Calif. – Full-service custom thermoformer Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company, recently named Edgar Rodriguez as Production Supervisor at its Southern California headquarters, which offers extensive design, production, assembly, and distribution services. Rodriguez is a seasoned leader with 10 years of experience in plastic manufacturing.

Most recently, Rodriguez worked as a Production Supervisor at Nursery Supplies and at Pretium Packaging, a plastic bottle manufacturer, where he helped drive the company’s profitability with his problem-solving and development of team building skills that changed the culture. “If you take care of your employees, they’ll take care of you,” explains Rodriguez. “I look forward to building employees’ trust at Tru-Form Plastics as well to drive the company’s success.”

“What makes Edgar unique is his outlook,” said General Manager Tom Cantwell. “He’s a great team player who always looks for a solution to every problem. To him, each situation, good or bad, is a learning experience, and that attitude makes him invaluable to our team as we continue to set ourselves apart with our customer-first philosophy.”

Rodriguez has completed courses in leadership and Safety and Health, and is a Six Sigma White Belt.

To learn more about Tru-Form Plastics, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566, or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com.

About Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company – A world-class, full-service custom thermoformer with more than 100 years of combined experience located in Southern California’s Orange County, Tru-Form Plastics’ offerings include design, rapid prototypes, production, assembly and distribution. The company is well-positioned to meet a variety of needs. The company serves a wide variety of industries including medical, aerospace and defense, architectural lighting, automotive, consumer, and OEM. To learn more, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566 or email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com.

Outsource for Faster Time to Market

When it comes to manufacturing, time to market is critical, especially when it comes to specific circumstances, such as:

  • Prototype development
  • Initial production runs
  • Seasonal spikes in demand

By getting your products made, assembled and shipped faster, you’ll improve customer responsiveness and stay ahead of the competition. And one of the most effective ways to increase speed to market is to streamline your supply chain.

Using too many vendors can increase turnaround time, delays and mistakes. It is more effective to consolidate functions by using a single company that can assist with a wide range of manufacturing services for your plastic parts, including:

  • Trimming
  • Machining
  • Fabrication
  • Bonding
  • Assembly

Please contact us today at 714-894-5566 or info@InterTradeIndustries.com to learn more about our plastic manufacturing and turn-key solutions and how they can meet your needs.

A Medley of Molds

A successful part starts with a good tool. There are many different tool designs and material selections available for various applications. Here are some of the most common tool types thermoformers utilize.

  • Composite Molds: Depending on the length of the production run, and especially for prototyping, an engineered composite mold may be a good choice because it’s less expensive and quick.
  • Wood: Molds can be made of wood or a combination of wood and other materials. With this option, tooling can be more cost effective. However, wood tools can also be less durable and accurate.
  • Machined Aluminum Molds: Molds machined from aluminum are not only more stable and consistent choices, but also able to hold tight tolerances. That makes them good for detailed parts.
  • Cast Aluminum Molds: While still made of aluminum, this type of tool is often less expensive than their machined counterparts. But it’s somewhat limited in its application for textured parts.

With the variety of tooling available, it’s important to work with your thermoformer to find the best option for your needs.

Please contact us at our Southern California headquarters today at 714-894-5566 or info@Tru-FormPlastics.com to learn more about our manufacturing solutions and how they can meet your needs.

Make Sharp Corners into Strong Corners

The shape of parts varies widely depending on the application, and often include corners. And while you may think you need to avoid sharp corners to prevent weakness, thermoforming techniques exist to address this concern so your final part turns out perfect.

Since designers often use sharp corners for their aesthetics, several approaches can be employed to make them stronger, including:

  • Material: Certain materials like PVC can handle sharper corners than materials like polyethylene and polycarbonate.
  • Process: Pressure forming allows you to make tighter corners than vacuum forming, so it tends to be the process of choice for greater definition.
  • Chamfers: Using a chamfer can turn a sharp corner into several less-tight corners to prevent material thinning.
  • Radii: Another way to avoid a sharp three-sided corner is by using a radius so the material doesn’t have to extend as deeply into the corner.

When designers seek sharp corners, don’t worry. Instead, consider the options thermoforming presents for producing a strong part. Please contact us at our Southern California headquarters today at 714-894-5566 or info@Tru-FormPlastics.com to learn more about our manufacturing solutions and how they can meet your needs.

The Best Tool Material? Aluminum

Producing a successful part with thermoforming starts with the construction of an excellent tool. To kick off a tool’s design, your thermoformer should seek to understand the part’s end-use parameters. In addition to basics like volume, other important elements to consider include environmental stressors such as chemicals, impact, and temperature, as well as the part’s relationship with mating parts.

During this investigative phase, the thermoformer will use the information shared to determine the best tooling design and material selection for the application. And more often than not, aluminum is the material of choice. Why? Here are five big benefits of an aluminum tool:

  • Durability: The nature of thermoforming combined with the longevity of aluminum can yield an unlimited number of production parts.
  • Efficiency: Aluminum tools with adequate temperature control will produce parts efficiently.
  • Consistency: With aluminum tools, you’ll realize a repeatable appearance from run to run.
  • Dimensional Stability: Aluminum tools offers much better dimensional stability and precision.
  • Cost Savings: By producing machined aluminum thermoforming tools in house, customers can see reduced costs and lead times.

Please contact us at our Southern California headquarters today at 714-894-5566 or info@Tru-FormPlastics.com to learn more about our manufacturing solutions and how they can meet your needs.

The Role of QA in Thermoforming Perfection

A thermoformer’s engineering team can provide a range of advice and technical support to create solutions that meet your needs and those of the marketplace. One of the most important stages where the engineering team’s involvement can be vital is quality assurance.

With their guidance, some activities a QA team can conduct to promote uniform dimensional accuracy, structural integrity, and cosmetic consistency throughout all in-process and finished parts and assemblies include:

  • Documentation: A skilled and experienced QA department should fully review, monitor, and document pre-defined quality requirements throughout the thermoforming process.
  • Measurement: The quality assurance department should have at its disposal a full range of measurement equipment, including FARO Arm, color measurement, digital calipers, tint meters and more state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Inspections: A quality assurance department should be leveraged to provide in-process and final inspections to customers for ease of mind.

As you investigate thermoformers, ask about their engineering capabilities in quality assurance, their commitment to total quality management, and how they address any non-conformance.

Please contact us at our Southern California headquarters today at 714-894-5566 or info@Tru-FormPlastics.com to learn more about our manufacturing solutions and how they can meet your needs.

Teaming for Innovation

When developing solutions, manufacturers should team with their thermoformer on technologies and best practices to meet cost, time, and performance criteria. Here are some key points for collaboration:

  • Engineering: The thermoformer should analyze your product’s function, brand attributes, user perceptions, and strategic plan to develop a list of parameters.
  • Budget: Be sure to share with your thermoformer your budget and other financial considerations that can impact production decisions.
  • Packaging: The thermoforming company should have access to critical information about the product’s protection needs and packaging process.
  • Timing: Speed to market can be essential so make sure you reach an agreed-upon timeline with your thermoformer since the timeline often affects design choices.
  • Concepts: The thermoformer you choose should work collaboratively with stakeholders on design concepts, soliciting feedback to implement into the final solution.

By teaming with your thermoformer on the design process, you’ll realize a final product that furthers your company and brand in today’s tight market.

Please contact us at our Southern California headquarters today at 714-894-5566 or info@Tru-FormPlastics.com to learn more about our manufacturing solutions and how they can meet your needs.

Pack and Ship: Thermoforming Doesn’t End with Forming

Depending on the thermoformer, a company can gain access to much more than just design and production capabilities. Some thermoforming manufacturers offer a complete array of secondary services for one-stop-shop convenience, such as custom packing and shipping, all under one roof.

If you’re looking for a thermoforming partner, here are some things to ask about their distribution capabilities:

  • Inspection: Once the product is ready to go out the door, ask if your thermoformer conducts a complete inspection of the product beforehand.
  • Customized Packaging: Check to see if the thermoformer provides customized packaging to prevent damage to your finished parts.
  • Direct Shipping: If you want your products to go straight to the end user, see if your thermoforming partner will ship directly.
  • Global Reach: Depending on where you need your parts to go, you may want to find out if your thermoformer can ship globally and understands any requirements for doing so.

Please contact us at our Southern California headquarters today at 714-894-5566 or info@Tru-FormPlastics.com to learn more about our manufacturing solutions and how they can meet your needs.