Friday, October 4, 2013

Thermoformed Plastic Enclosures - How to make them Stronger!

Thermoformed plastic enclosures fall into many categories from outhouses, storage sheds, underground equipment, deer blinds, tool boxes, and all the way to large cabins for utility vehicles.

Many of these I have listed are larger plastic enclosures.  So the question is...
    "How in the world do you make plastic enclosures stronger?"
                    Simple... Use Twin Sheet Thermoforming

When using Heavy Gauge plastic it is possible to increase the structural strength of those thermformed plastic enclosures by using the Twin Sheet Thermoforming method.  Twin sheet thermoforming is the heating of two extruded plastic sheets simultaneously, and then forming and sealing or fusing these two sheets together during the thermoforming process. 

When using Twin Sheeting this produces a hollow part.  Inside this hollow part separate components can be placed inside before or after the plastic enclosure is formed.  This could be needed to add strength, for mounting purposes, aesthetic looks, or could be just a creative idea your company has.  This hollow part could also be foam filled to insulate or reduce noise.

There are many outdoor thermoformed plastic enclosures that incorporate doors or lids.  When dealing with hinges in outdoor plastic structures consider the effect that weather has on a metal hinge.  Why not try a Thermoformed Plastic living Hinge if you already have a Twin Sheet Thermoformed part.

There are so many opportunities out there in the world of Plastic Enclosures.  There are many ways to make plastic stronger, and more durable.  It takes a good innovative idea to make things happen.

Spencer Industries Inc. has engineers working directly with our customers, and with the operators forming the parts on the shop floor.  Our engineers have the manufacturing experience to tailor your design to optimize the performance, price and tooling costs for your plastic thermoformed enclosure.  You better believe that they love a good challenge, and we love to see our customers succeed!

If you have a plastic enclosure question please don't hesitate to call us  800-937-4561  ext. 225 .

               We are not afraid to try new ideas!

                                 We know our Heavy Gauge Plastic!

                                                    We have 30+ years in experience!