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. 

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.

Tru-Form Plastics and InterTrade Join Forces for Advanced Capabilities

The combined company serves medical, aerospace and defense, architectural lighting, automotive, consumer and OEM and other markets with highest quality thin- and thick-gauge thermoformed parts and assembled components.

WESTMINSTER, Calif.,  –Two industry leaders, Tru-Form Plastics and InterTrade Industries, have joined forces to offer the highest quality thin- and thick-gauge thermoformed products to a wide variety of industries. The newly combined company is called Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company.

With more than a century of combined experience, Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company, is excited to now have the capacity to deliver a host of added benefits to current and prospective customers, including:

  • Additional customer service and sales teams to respond to customer needs
  • An expanded engineering group to take ideas from concept to completion
  • 14 additional machines providing faster production and speed to market
  • Increased manufacturing capacity with more crew members to improve production capabilities and quality
  • Assembly of plastic and metal parts into components
  • Greater in-house tooling, painting and silk screening capabilities and expertise
  • Stronger experienced hands-on management team to oversee projects from concept to delivery

“This is such an exciting opportunity for both companies’ leadership, employees and customers,” said Tru-Form Plastics President and COO Jim Goode. “With our combined capabilities, staff and equipment, we are well-positioned to exceed clients’ expectations for everything from engineering and design to full-scale production to meet their needs in today’s dynamic environment.”

The newly formed company will continue to operate at two locations in Southern California until this summer, when Tru-Form Plastics will relocate to InterTrade Industries’ newer and larger 75,000 square foot headquarters.

About Tru-Form Plastics − Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Company, is a world-class, full-service custom thermoformer with more than 100 years of combined experience. Located in Southern California, 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  www.InterTradeIndustries.com, call 714.894.5566 or email Info@InterTradeIndustries.com.

InterTrade Industries Enhances Operations Team with Key Appointments

Two seasoned industry professionals to position full-service thermoformer for future growth.

ANAHEIM, Calif., – World-class thermoformer InterTrade Industries has expanded its operations management team with the addition of two experienced professionals: General Manager Tom Cantwell and Senior Plant Manager Wayne McKay.

To expand its manufacturing capabilities, InterTrade Industries officially joined forces with Global Packaging Development (GPD) at the beginning of this year. Cantwell was the owner andoperator of GPD and has spent two decades in thermoforming. He also has 25 years of direct experience in sales, marketing and product development. He developed his expertise in printing and packaging, including penetrating Fortune 500 companies in the food, consumer products and automotive industries by providing quick and professional solutions to challenges before, during and after production. Cantwell leads InterTrade industries’ sales, engineering, production, quality warehousing and customer service teams. InterTrade Industries and GDP will be introducing new, state-of-the-art thermoforming equipment to transform the company’s capabilities.

McKay has also spent decades working in thermoforming and has 30 years of management experience in manufacturing, leading and assisting with seven plant start-ups. He has an extensive background in the design of packaging and production systems, product flow to drive faster cycle times with less waste, and system purchasing, installation and training. He will be tasked with leading improvement initiatives at the company. Previously, McKay assisted InterTrade Industries with the relocation of its Huntington Beach facility to its Westminster location.

“With their collective expertise and experience, the strategic addition of Tom and Wayne will be instrumental in our company’s growth as we continue to expand our capabilities and market reach to meet clients’ dynamic needs,” said InterTrade Industries President and COO Jim Goode. “They’re a great fit for our company and I’m thrilled to have them as part of our outstanding team.”

To learn more about InterTrade Industries and GDP’s capabilities, visit www.InterTradeIndustries.com, call 714.894.5566 or email Info@InterTradeIndustries.com

About InterTrade Industries − InterTrade Industries is a world-class full-service custom thermoformer with 40 years of excellence. Located in Southern California, InterTrade’s offerings include design, rapid prototypes, production, assembly and distribution. The company is well-positioned to meet a variety of needs, and is ISO 9001:2008 certified. The company serves a wide variety of industries including medical, aerospace and defense, architectural lighting, automotive, and consumer and OEM. To learn more, visit www.InterTradeIndustries.com, call 714.894.5566 or email Info@InterTradeIndustries.com.

InterTrade Industries to Showcase Advanced Medical Packaging and Enclosures at MD&M West

Full-service thermoformer InterTrade Industries will show attendees at world’s largest annual medtech event why clients have been turning to it for innovative, reliable and functional solutions for 40 years.

ANAHEIM, Calif. – At the annual MD&M West February 6 – 8, 2018, world-class thermoformer InterTrade Industries will showcase its latest innovations in medical packaging and enclosures. At Booth #1542, InterTrade will display a selection of its sterile solutions for use in the ER, medical offices, patient homes, field operations and other medical environments. Among the products being featured are thin-gauge plastic packaging items such as trays, clamshells, lids and covers as well as heavy-gauge sturdy, reliable enclosures.

From prototyping to full-scale manufacturing, InterTrade Industries works collaboratively with clients in the medtech industry to turn their design concepts into reality. The company offers a full range of capabilities to meet client needs, including:

  • Thin-Gauge Thermoforming
  • Heavy-Gauge Thermoforming
  • Custom Vacuum Forming
  • Assembly
  • In House Tooling
  • Drape Forming
  • Polyurethane Foam Molding

“InterTrade Industries has earned a reputation as a world-class thermoformer by providing flexible, fast-to-market and high quality solutions to our clients’ evolving challenges, no matter how complex,” said Business Development Manager Cheryl Lapsys. “As a turnkey supplier, our experienced team of design engineers and manufacturing experts partner with clients to take their ideas from imagination to production. We look forward to talking with attendees of MD&M West about how we can help with their current and future projects.”

Lapsys added that InterTrade Industries’ thermoformed solutions are ideal for start-up or smaller production lines because of their cost effectiveness. “Our use of creative designs and materials often yield considerable savings for clients.”

All of InterTrade Industries’ products are manufactured in its Southern California facility, which is an ISO 9001:2008 certified facility. This certification demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing quality products and services, and to continued improvement.

MD&M West will be held February 6 – 8, 2018, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

To learn more about InterTrade Industries’ capabilities, visit www.InterTradeIndustries.com, call 714.894.5566, email Info@InterTradeIndustries.com or meet them in person at Booth #1542 at MD&M West.

About InterTrade Industries − InterTrade Industries is a world-class full-service custom thermoformer with 40 years of excellence. Located in Southern California, InterTrade’s offerings include design, rapid prototypes, production, assembly and distribution. The company is well-positioned to meet a variety of needs, and is ISO 9001:2008 certified. The company serves a wide variety of industries including medical, aerospace and defense, architectural lighting, automotive, and consumer and OEM. To learn more, visit www.InterTradeIndustries.com, call 714.894.5566 or email Info@InterTradeIndustries.com.

InterTrade Industries and Global Packaging Development (GPD) Alliance to Display Combined Thermoforming Expertise at MD&M West

Two leading full-service thermoformers have joined forces and will share medical packaging and enclosure capabilities at the largest annual medtech event.

ANAHEIM, Calif. –World-class thermoformer InterTrade Industries officially joined forces with Global Packaging Development on January 1, 2018 to expand its manufacturing capabilities. The company will highlight the benefits of this recent alliance for medtech clients at the annual MD&M West, February 6 – 8, 2018, at Booth #1542. In addition to displaying a selection of custom-designed thermoformed medical packaging and enclosures, InterTrade and GPD will share their collaborative approach and complete suite of services ranging from engineering and design to full-scale production.

To manufacture products that meet clients’ dynamic needs, the companies utilize state-of-the-art thermoforming equipment, including a new Sencorp Ultra 2500 with an integrated robotic stacking system, and offer a range of capabilities from an ISO 9001:2008 certified Southern California facility, including:

  • Custom vacuum forming
  • Thin and heavy gauge plastics
  • Assembly and contract services
  • In-house design, tooling and rapid prototypes

Leveraging these assets, InterTrade and GPD have taken a creative approach to translate client inspiration into an array of 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.

Our partnership with GPD dramatically expands our capabilities, offering an even greater depth and breadth of products, and getting them to market quickly, said InterTrade Industries Business Development Manager, Cheryl Lapsys. “For over 40 years, the medtech industry has been trusting our precision thermoforming and tight quality control standards to produce quality products that solve industry challenges. Now with GPD, we have enhanced capabilities and look forward to discussing how we can put them to work for attendees of MD&M West.”

MD&M West will be held February 6 – 8, 2018, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

To learn more about InterTrade Industries and GPD’s capabilities, visit www.InterTradeIndustries.com, call 714.894.5566, email Info@InterTradeIndustries.com or meet them in person at Booth #1542 at MD&M West.

About InterTrade Industries − InterTrade Industries is a world-class full-service custom thermoformer with 40 years of excellence. Located in Southern California, InterTrade’s offerings include design, rapid prototypes, production, assembly and distribution. The company is well-positioned to meet a variety of needs, and is ISO 9001:2008 certified. The company serves a wide variety of industries including medical, aerospace and defense, architectural lighting, automotive, and consumer and OEM. To learn more, visit www.InterTradeIndustries.com, call 714.894.5566 or email Info@InterTradeIndustries.com.

Innovative Medical Packaging and Enclosures by InterTrade Industries Featured at MD&M West

The Southern California-based full-service custom thermoformer InterTrade Industries will show medtech attendees how to turn their concepts into reality.

ANAHEIM, Calif., January 11, 2017 World-class thermoformer InterTrade Industries will showcase medical packaging and enclosures at the world’s largest annual medtech event, MD&M West. InterTrade Industries works with the medtech industry to turn concepts into reality by utilizing innovative solutions.

“The team at InterTrade Industries serves the medical device industry with solutions ranging from functional sterile plastic packaging to sturdy, reliable medical device enclosures,” stated Business Development Manager Cheryl Lapsys. “We encourage attendees of MD&M West to visit us in Booth #2086 so we can discuss their current and future projects.”

InterTrade Industries’ team of engineers and manufacturing experts have spent decades developing innovative plastic designs to solve ever-evolving challenges for the medtech industry. Their creative designs and materials often result in significant costs savings for medical device customers.

Sales Manager Marla Quinn added, “As a world class thermoformer with more than 40 years of experience, our design experts conceptualize and breathe life into a client’s idea.”

Lapsys and Quinn work personally with every client in order to ensure the client’s needs are met from design to production to delivery. All products are made in-house at the company’s California facility. Thin gauge thermoforming products include trays, clamshells, lids, covers and other aspects of packaging while heavy gauge thermoforming produces medical device enclosures and other sturdier products.

InterTrade’s capabilities include:

  • Custom Vacuum Forming
  • Thin and Heavy Gauge Plastics
  • Drape Forming
  • Polyurethane Foam Molding
  • Die Cutting
  • Assembly
  • In-House Tooling and Rapid Prototypes

From February 7-9, 2017, the company’s medical packaging and enclosures capabilities will be showcased in Booth #2086 during MD&M West at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

To learn more about InterTrade Industries’ capabilities, visit www.InterTradeIndustries.com, call 714.894.5566, email Info@InterTradeIndustries.com or meet company representatives in person at MD&M West.

About InterTrade Industries
InterTrade Industries is a world-class full-service custom thermoformer with 40 years of excellence. Located in Southern California, InterTrade’s offerings include design, rapid prototypes, production, assembly and distribution. The company is well-positioned to meet a variety of needs, and is ISO 9001:2008 certified. The company serves a wide variety of industries including medical, aerospace and defense, architectural lighting, automotive, and consumer and OEM. To learn more, visit www.InterTradeIndustries.com, call 714.894.5566 or email Info@InterTradeIndustries.com.