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Additive Manufacturing Advancing Custom Thermoforming at Productive Plastics

Productive Plastics featured on formlabs’s blog – 3D printed innovations for thermoforming

Productive Plastics was honored to be featured on the formlabs industry blog on January 12th, Problem Solving on the Factory Floor: Manufacturing Aids at Productive Plastics. The article highlights some of the tech and innovations we employ on the manufacturing floor, in particular, our utilization of in-house 3D printed manufacturing accessories to increase process efficiency, reduce lead times, and  maximize the benefits of manufacturing parts and enclosures with plastic thermoforming. All part of our commitment to provide our customers with the highest quality and most cost-effective custom thermoforming solutions in the industry.

Antimicrobial Plastics for Thermoforming Manufactured Custom Components

The demand for antimicrobial plastics has risen in recent years as yet another countermeasure to bacterial and viral health threats, such as COVID-19. As a result, plastic and thermoplastic material suppliers have responded by producing a wide range of thermoplastic sheet options, used in the plastic thermoforming manufacturing process, that posses antimicrobial properties and other benefits advantageous to a wide range of industries, not just healthcare.

What is antimicrobial plastic?

Antimicrobial plastics are produced with an additive in the base polymer designed to block the growth of microorganisms, including bacteria, mold, and fungi. The additive integrates into the structure of the plastic, so this benefit exists for the entire product life. These materials are generally measured using ISO 22196:2001 and/or JIS Z 2801 Standards. These antimicrobial additives can also provide an addition benefit to the longevity and structural integrity of a component by protecting against plastic material damaging bacteria that can, over time, degrade certain types of plastic.

Common Antimicrobial Additives for Thermoplastic

Antimicrobial Advantages for Thermoplastic

  • Inhibiting surface growth of bacteria, mold, and fungi
  • Durability – Bacteria may break down polymers over time, by blocking the growth, these additives may provide greater longevity.
  • Reducing odor/discoloration
  • Surface antimicrobial protection between cleanings
  • Antimicrobial protection for the duration of product life

Antimicrobial Thermoplastic Material Datasheets

Below are just a few examples of antimicrobial materials available for plastic thermoformed components

Antimicrobial Industry Applications

Custom Plastic Thermoformed Components with Antimicrobial Properties at Productive Plastics

Productive Plastics has experience working with antimicrobial plastics and long standing relationships with industry leading thermoplastic material suppliers. Our experts can advise you and your team on selecting the ideal thermoplastic to meet the performance demands of your next project. Please contact us to get started!

Thermoforming for Multi-Part Assemblies – Webinar Recording Available

If you were unable to attend our technical webinar this week on the capabilities and advantages of Thermoforming for Mult-Part Assemblies, a recording of the live event is now available on our YouTube channel.

Here is what was covered in the webinar:

  • Vacuum vs Pressure Forming
  • Material Considerations
  • Application to match process
  • Attachment Methods
  • Tolerance Considerations
  • Product Finishing
  • Q&A

Stay tuned for future technical plastic thermoforming webinars from Productive Plastics

Thermoforming for Multi-Part Assembly – Live Webinar with McConnell Co.

At Productive Plastics, many of the thermoformed plastic parts that we manufacture for our customers are not stand-alone pieces, but components of an assembly or multi-part enclosure.  Like a puzzle, these individual parts must be manufactured to fit together with precision and uniformity to successfully create the finished product.

Productive hosted a live webinar on December 6th, 2022, with renown thermoforming expert Robert Browning of the McConnell Company discussing considerations for designing and manufacturing a multi-part assembly with plastic thermoformed parts.

  Some of the topics we covered:

  • Vacuum vs Pressure Forming
  • Material Considerations
  • Application to match process
  • Attachment Methods
  • Tolerance Considerations
  • Product Finishing
  • Q&A

Update* see a recording of this webinar at the link below:

Productive Plastics Welcomes Kyle Davidson to the Sales and Marketing Team 

I am pleased to announce the addition of Kyle Davidson to the Sales and Marketing team at Productive Plastics.

Kyle has extensive experience supporting manufacturing and service companies with challenges such as product lifecycle management, composite tooling and formwork, rapid prototyping, and technopolymer adoption. As the Sales Manager of Cincinnati Incorporated’s Additive Manufacturing Division, he pioneered the adoption of innovative processes such as Large Format Additive Manufacturing (LFAM).

Institutional accolades include an MBA from Villanova University and a seat on the Seton Hall University Customer Service (CX) Advisory Board.

Kyle will be working closely with myself and the rest of the Productive Plastics team to bring you the highest level of service and quality thermoforming manufacturing in the industry.

Regards,

Evan Gilham
President | Productive Plastics


Kyle Davidson

Sales and Marketing
Productive Plastics
Office: (856) 778-4300 Ext. 202
E-Mail:kdavidson@productivecompanies.com


Productive Plastics Welcomes Norman Vaughn as Chief Operating Officer

I am pleased to announce the addition of Norman Vaughn as Chief Operating Officer (COO) to the Productive Plastics team.

For decades Norman has been helping dozens of manufacturing and service companies improve quality, productivity, and operational excellence in a wide variety of industries. Norman served as the Senior Director of Quality at CARDONE Industries in the Automotive Aftermarket, and most recently as Executive Director of DoV Operational Excellence Solutions.

After completing engineering courses at Temple University, Penn State Great Valley, and the University of Wisconsin, Norman received his BA in Organizational Management from Eastern University and has been recognized by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) as a Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence.

Norman will be working closely with myself and the rest of the Productive Plastics team to bring you the highest level of service and quality thermoforming manufacturing in the industry.

Regards,

Evan Gilham

President | Productive Plastics


Norman Vaughn

VP of Quality & Compliance
Productive Plastics
Office: (856) 778-4300 Ext. 207 E-Mail:nvaughn@productivecompanies.com


The next generation of family leadership and ownership begins at Productive Plastics

Evan Gilham Named President of Productive Plastics

Productive Plastics has embarked on a transition of leadership to the 3rd generation of Gilham family ownership as Evan Gilham assumed his new role as President in September of this year.

Hal Gilham, former President and now CEO, announced this evolution and continued legacy of ownership at the SPE Thermoforming Conference in September after accepting the Thermoformer of the Year award for 2021 by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division.

This marks the beginning of an incremental and smooth transfer of leadership and ownership of the company over the next 12-18 months. Evan Gilham comments, “During this transition, we are focused on maintaining trusted partnerships with our customers.” Evan adds, “We are committed to a future of continued innovation and expanded manufacturing services.”

The team at Productive Plastics hopes you will join us in congratulating Evan on his new role and wishing Hal good luck in his future endeavors.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Left to right – Evan Gilham (President) and Hal Gilham (CEO)

[Join our Free Technical Webinar] Introduction to TPO and its Advantages

Please join a complimentary webinar on OCT 27th @ 11am hosted by SIMONA PMC and Productive Plastics on the technical and cost advantages of TPO over metal and fiberglass for your applications. Explore the wide range of TPO grades available for performance or aesthetics, comparisons, case studies, details on designing for plastic thermoforming, and more!

What to Expect in this Webinar:

  • Introduction to TPO
  • Overview of the different grades of TPO, where each is used and why
  • Guidance for converting to TPO from fiberglass, gelcoat or metal
  • Advantages of using TPO in high heat applications
  • Application case studies
  • Cost comparisons
  • Material performance data 
  • Plastic thermoforming design and technical considerations
  • Moderated Q&A session
  • Complimentary Plastic Thermoforming Design Guide & Metal to Plastic Thermoforming Comparison and Conversion Guide digital downloads

Productive Plastics Exhibiting at Design-2-Part Uncasville CT June 23 & 24

Productive Plastics is excited to be exhibiting again at Design-2-Part this year. If you or any of your team will be attending the Design-2-Part show in Uncasville CT on June 23 & 24, please stop by our booths (314 & 316). Talk plastic thermoforming with our experts and get hands on with a selection of our thermoformed parts and multi-part assembly samples from solutions provided to medical device, kiosk, material handling, and other industries. Our team will be at your disposal to discuss how Productive Plastics and plastic thermoforming can add to the success of your next project.

Visit us at Booths 314 & 316

  • Advantages of heavy gauge plastic thermoforming
  • Thermoplastic material options and performance
  • Design and tooling capabilities
  • Conversions from metal, fiberglass, or injection molding processes
  • Industry applications and standards compliance
  • Assembly and surface finishing value added operations

We hope to see you at the show!

Registration for the event is free

Use your mouse to rotate and interact with feature callouts on the plastic thermoformed kiosk fascia below

Webinar Recording Available: Replacing Metal with Thermoformed Plastics

Evan Gilham, our President, gave a presentation on Replacing Metal with Thermoformed plastics. This should help guide the decision process when considering heavy-gauge thermoforming and includes a case study. This is available 24/7 on our YouTube channel.

Technical Webinar Content

  • Cost comparisons
  • Complexity Comparisons
  • Strength to Weight Comparisons
  • Adapting Existing Designs
  • Design capabilities
  • Material performance
  • Pro tips on how to maximize your design for thermoforming
  • Sheet metal to plastic thermoforming conversion case study
  • Moderated Q&A session


Stay tuned for future technical plastic thermoforming webinars from Productive Plastics

The Thermoforming Design Guide and Metal to Plastic Comparison and Conversion Guide, both featured in our recent webinar, can be downloaded via our technical library

Terminology Note

Productive Plastics and the plastics industry typically use the terms "vacuum forming" and "vacuum thermoforming" interchangeably. Misspellings include "vacuumforming" and "vacuumthermoforming".

Looking for more technical information?

Download the Thermoforming Design Guide, Process Comparisons, Conversion Guides, and other useful thermoforming information from our technical resource library.

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