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Universal Plastics Releases "An Introduction to Thermoforming" Whitepaper

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Universal Plastics Releases "An Introduction to Thermoforming" Whitepaper

Press release date: March 17, 2014

Chicopee, Ma¬†– Universal Plastics has announced the release of the “Introduction to Thermoforming and Vacuum Forming” Whitepaper. Universal Plastics published the guide because they realize that many designers and engineers would like additional information and resources on the plastic forming process.

Often confused with injection molding and rotational-molding, thermoforming processes are unique and have distinct differences for a variety of applications. Thermoforming produces custom plastic enclosures that are durable, cost-effective, high quality and aesthetically appealing while offering close tolerances, tight specifications and sharp detail. It offers flexibility in tooling and engineering, and fast set-up, in the production of custom plastic parts.

“Universal Plastics provides strong consultative support to our customers every step of the way through the conceptualization, design and manufacturing process. We have identified a need from engineers and designers for guidance and a deeper understanding of the various plastics manufacturing processes. This whitepaper provides details on each process including visual depictions of the manufacturing steps. It also highlights the differences between the various plastics manufacturing processes and illuminates the instances where each is most relevant” says Jay Kumar, owner of Universal Plastics.

The Whitepaper compares and contrasts thin and heavy gauge thermoforming, vacuum forming, pressure forming, rotational molding and injection molding as well as the importance of mold making in the process.

The Whitepaper may be downloaded at

About Universal Plastics
Universal Plastics is a custom thermoformer based in Holyoke MA with strong legacy of expertise in manufacturing thermoformed plastic parts of the highest quality with a distinct focus on customer satisfaction. Universal has been in business for over 45 years with a world class management team and currently serves customers in a variety of industries including aerospace, medical device manufacturers, transportation, consumer products, food packaging and electronic companies.

As a custom manufacturer, Universal has made kayaks, air ducts for the Space Shuttle, all of the bus stop signs currently used in New York City and the bow of the submarines used by the Navy Seals. In 2008 they added a 30,000 square foot addition to their Whiting Farms Road building for a total of 100,000 square feet of production and office space. The company is ISO 9001 certified.


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