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Food Service and Dispensing Equipment

Productive Plastics is a leading custom plastic thermoforming component supplier for the food service industry, providing plastic thermoforming services to create food service and dispensing enclosures. Plastic Thermoforming (Pressure and vacuum forming) offers some unique advantages for the food service and dispensing marketplace, especially as an alternative to traditional metal enclosures. Custom material colors, surface texturing, molded in branding, modern and sleek design geometry, and extremely rugged thermoplastic material present design and performance capabilities that are either unattainable or cost prohibitive with metal enclosures.

Food Service Common Thermoforming Applications

Plastic thermoformed dispensing and food service components are ideal for a wide variety of industry applications and Productive Plastics currently manufactures thermoplastic component parts for leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of food service and dispensing equipment such as:
  • Condiment self-serve dispensing equipment enclosures and structural coverings
  • Ice and water dispensing equipment enclosures and coverings
  • Liquid dispensing enclosures
  • Food transportation cart and container enclosures and shelving
  • Automated pill and medication dispensing covers and enclosures
  • Food vending machine paneling and enclosures

Plastic Thermoforming Advantages for Food Service and Dispensing Components

Plastic thermoforming provides an economical and attractive solution for dispensing and food service equipment enclosures. In addition, industry formulated lightweight thermoplastic materials can perform in extreme temperatures and are easy to clean. Thermoplastic also offers low cost design flexibility unmatched by metal or other manufacturing processes.
  • Durable and Impact Resistant
    Thermoplastic materials are available with high strength-to-stiffness and strength-to-weight ratios that compete or exceed the durability performance of many metals and alloys.
  • Aesthetic Designs
    Modern, curved, and geometrically complex design capabilities and flexibility at low cost
  • UV and Extreme Temperature Protection
    Thermoplastic material options available with high UV resistance and can withstand harsh environments and temperatures
  • High Detail and Features at Low Cost
    In mold details and features such as speaker vents, louvers, and display and payment component apertures at a lower cost than injection molding
  • Variety of Surface Finishes
    Material and in mold options for custom color, textures, patterns, branding, or high gloss finishes
  • Large Parts at Low Cost
    Large part capable up to 96″ x 120″ with low upfront tooling investment
  • Multiple Part Enclosures
    Ideal and cost effective for large and near seamless multi part enclosures and assemblies
  • Lightweight Material
    Thermoplastic is up to 40% lighter than fiberglass, 6 times lighter than stainless steel, and 1/2 the weight of aluminum
  • Moderate Volumes
    Ideal process and competitive cost for EAU of 250-3000 parts

Dispensing and Food Service Equipment Manufacturing with Productive Plastics

Productive Plastics has been manufacturing custom thermoformed components and project solutions since 1955. Over 65 years of expertise in pressure and vacuum forming, thermoforming design, tooling engineering, and surface finishing. Our team is constantly evolving and streamlining our processes and manufacturing systems to maximize the advantages of plastic thermoforming and minimize the cost and production time for your application.

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

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