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Tru-Form Plastics Pivots to Develop Face Shields, Protecting Doctors and Nurses from COVID-19

TRU-FORM PLASTICS PIVOTS TO DEVELOP FACE SHIELD WITH DOCTORS AND NURSES TO PROTECT THOSE ON FRONT LINES FROM COVID-19

Southern California Manufacturer Producing Over 100,000 Protective Face Shields per Week with Investment Plans for Greater Production Capacity

Westminster, Calif. (April 1, 2020) – Tru-Form Plastics has pivoted its production plans to develop the Face Shield protective mask for health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. The mask was designed in collaboration with doctors and nurses, and by leveraging Tru-Form’s thermoforming manufacturing technology, the company is able to produce more than 100,000 plastic shields per week and plans to boost capacity to more than 200,000 per day.

After fielding requests from health care professionals, Tru-Form’s design engineering & tooling manager, Ed Hentges, hand-delivered a prototype in two days and started a production line just days later, which prompted the company to hire 60 additional temporary workers to help keep up with demand as health care systems across the world are seeking needed personal protective equipment (PPE).

“We’re delighted to leverage our capabilities to provide the necessary tools to help protect our amazing medical professionals on the front lines,” said Jim Goode, president of American Innotek, the parent company of Tru-Form Plastics.

Each mask is made from PET-G or PVC thermoplastic, the same plastic Tru-Form Plastics uses to make the protective packaging for medical devices used in operating rooms. The shield – which covers a medical professional’s entire face – can be reused after being sanitized. Video of Tru-Form’s thermoform production process is available here, and more details about the shield are available at www.tru-formplastics.com.

“We pride ourselves on being nimble to quickly act on customer requests and adapt the design to provide the best possible solution for their needs,” said Hentges, who worked directly with the team at a Southern California hospital to design the mask. “Many of us have several close, personal ties to the medical community, so the chance to work with a local medical team and to help providers across the country is a true honor for us.”

“Tru-Form is able to quickly ramp up production of the face shields at a cost that rivals some of the lowest cost production in the world right here in the USA,” said Dan Gievers, Chief Financial Officer. “Depending on quantity, our shields sell directly to hospitals for less than $3 each.”

American Innotek’s other production lines remain busy, as its Brief Relief urine bags and Disposa-John solid waste bags are currently in high demand to create a safe and healthy place for people to use when no traditional bathroom is available. The enzymes inside the bags create a safe and healthy disposal of the waste. Used by a variety of industries, the military is currently stocking up as it prepares field hospitals to help with the COVID-19 outbreak.

American Innotek, a family-owned company, has been in business for 31 years. “We pride ourselves on our innovative, collaborative and creative approach,” Goode says. “A company will say, ‘we need this’ and we go to work, coming up with the best solution possible. When we were asked about protecting our health care workers, it was a no brainer to shift production in such a positive, helpful way.”

For information on ordering the Face Shield, please contact (714) 894-5566 or orders@tru-formplastics.com.

About Tru-Form Plastics
Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company, is a full-service custom thermoformer with more than 100 years of combined experience. Located in Southern California, Tru-Form’s offerings include design, production, assembly and distribution. The company is well-positioned to meet a variety of needs and serves multiple industries including medical, aerospace and defense, automotive, and OEM products. For more information, please visit https://tru-formplastics.com/ or call 1-800-944-9277.

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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.

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.

Tru-Form Plastics to Showcase Thermoforming Expertise at MD&M West

Full-service thermoformer will share latest medical packaging and enclosure capabilities at largest medtech event.

WESTMINSTER, Calif., December XX, 2018– World-class thermoformer Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company, will highlight its advanced thermoforming capabilities at the annual MD&M West February 5-7, 2019, in Anaheim, California. At booth #1554, Tru-Form will share a selection of its custom-designed thermoformed medical packaging and enclosures as part of a complete suite of customizable services to turn clients’ visions into tangible results that range from engineering and design to full-scale production.

Tru-Form leverages state-of-the-art thermoforming equipment and a range of core competencies from an ISO 9001:2008 certified Southern California manufacturing facility, including:

  • Design expertise from a team with decades of creative experience
  • Rapid development of molds and prototypes for reduced time to market
  • Engineering and quality assurance capabilities to meet the exacting needs of the industry
  • Flexible methods for thin gauge packaging and heavy gauge assemblies
  • Competitive pricing

With all of these assets in house, Tru-Form takes a comprehensive approach to translating clients’ inspiration into an array of innovative solutions for use in a variety of medical environments, from functional sterile thin gauge plastic packaging items like trays and clamshells to sturdy, reliable medical device enclosures made of heavy gauge plastic.

“With over 100 years of combined experience serving many of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers, we offer the proven expertise to meet the dynamic needs of the medtech industry with innovative, next-gen thermoformed solutions,” said Director of Innovation John Hoffman. “We are eager to talk with attendees at MD&M West about how we can collaborate with them on packaging and enclosures to help bring their medical devices to life.”

To learn more about Tru-Form Plastics, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566, email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com or meet them in person at booth #1554 at MD&M West.

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’s 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 to Participate in World’s Largest MedTech Event Showcasing Thermoforming Expertise at MD&M West

Custom thermoformer will showcase medical packaging and enclosure innovation at MD&M West.

WESTMINSTER, Calif., January 25, 2019– Full-service custom thermoformer Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company, is bringing its innovative medical packaging and enclosures to MD&M West February 5-7, 2019, in Anaheim, California. Exhibiting at booth #1554, Tru-Form Plastics will display a selection of its custom-designed heavy and thin gauge thermoforming solutions and share how its creativity, flexible methods, and collaborative approach are central to delivering solutions that fit the unique needs of the medtech industry.

Headquartered in Southern California, Tru-Form Plastics’ manufacturing facility offers extensive design, production, assembly, and distribution services. To produce precise medical product packaging and enclosures, it leverages its core capabilities, including:

  • A design process that starts with a full engineering review
  • Technical support to take a customer’s design request from concept to completion
  • Mold, fixture, and tool building, the start of any successful product
  • Machining, trimming, and finishing to produce the most delicate and complicated products
  • An experienced QA department for accuracy and consistency

With these comprehensive capabilities in house, Tru-Form Plastics is well-positioned to exceed customers’ expectations for innovative, reliable, and functional solutions, including thin gauge plastic packaging items like trays and clamshells as well as medical device enclosures made of heavy gauge plastic.

“MD&M West showcases the latest manufacturing solutions for medtech professionals, and we’re pleased to take part again this year,” said Director of Innovation John Hoffman. “With a host of cutting-edge yet practical applications on display, we hope to inspire attendees as they set out to discover new ideas – and address new challenges – so they can leapfrog their performance in 2019.”

To learn more about Tru-Form Plastics, visit Tru-FormPlastics.com, call 714.894.5566, email info@Tru-FormPlastics.com or meet them in person at booth #1554 at MD&M West.

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.

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