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Industrial & Heavy Equipment

Productive Plastics is a leading custom plastic thermoforming component supplier for the industrial, material handling, and heavy equipment industry. Plastic Thermoforming (Pressure and vacuum forming) has become the plastic production process of choice for many manufacturers of industrial and heavy equipment. Plastic thermoformed parts offer an unparalleled range of design and rugged material options that will make an industrial or heavy equipment component stand out, not just aesthetically and in rugged material performance, but in cost effectiveness as well.

Industrial and Heavy Equipment Common Thermoforming Applications

Plastic thermoformed industrial and material handling 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 heavy and industrial equipment such as:
  • Forklift control enclosures, display housings, and panel components
  • Construction vehicle components
  • Agricultural equipment and control enclosures, paneling, and other interior and exterior components
  • Recreational vehicle paneling, dash board, ceiling, wall, and galley components
  • Personal and small utility vehicle seating components, bed liners, bumpers, and tire shrouds
  • Cranes, cherry pickers, booms, boom lifts, basket cranes, and other heavy equipment components and enclosures
Forklift with plastic thermoformed components

Plastic Thermoforming Advantages for Utility, Industrial, and Heavy Equipment Vehicle Components

Plastic thermoforming provides an rugged, economical, and attractive solution for utility, industrial, and heavy equipment and vehicle components. Thermoforming delivers parts rivaling injection molding and structural foam molding at a fraction of the total project cost. In addition, industry formulated thermoplastic materials can perform in the harshest environments and meet the most stringent global safety standards. Combine these features with the incredible design flexibility of thermoplastic and the list of advantages is numerous.
  • 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.
  • UV and Extreme Temperature Protection
    Thermoplastic material options available with high UV resistance and can withstand harsh environments and temperatures
  • Lightweight Material
    Thermoplastic is up to 40% lighter than fiberglass, 6 times lighter than stainless steel, and 1/2 the weight of aluminum
  • Aesthetic Designs
    Modern, curved, and geometrically complex design capabilities and flexibility at low cost
  • 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
  • Lower Operating Costs & More Effecient
    Lightweight material equates to higher fuel or battery efficiency and reduced maintenance costs
  • Multiple Part Enclosures
    Ideal and cost effective for large and near seamless multi part enclosures and assemblies
  • Moderate Volumes
    Ideal process and competitive cost for EAU of 250-3000 parts

Industrial Vehicles and Heavy 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.

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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