With our quality materials, innovative manufacturing practices, and a team that is dedicated to excellence, Advanced Plastiform Inc. is a leader in plastic thermoforming and injection molding in Georgia. Our state-of-the-art 250,000 square foot manufacturing facility gives us the opportunity to provide our clients with highly accurate, uniform plastics with fast lead times and low per-unit pricing.
Injection Molding in Georgia
Injection molding is a detailed method of thermoforming where plastic pellets are melted and injected into a custom designed mold using a high-pressure injector. This method is often used for plastic parts that require highly detailed features or are a complex or varied shape. The piece, once cooled, is ejected from the mold and often ready for use unless painting, silk-screening or other customization is necessary.
While the tooling cost is high due to the need to make the double-sided mold from steel, copper alloy, or heavy-duty aluminum, the automation process and ability to use the tool for repeat orders decrease the per-unit price.
Thermoforming Plastics in Georgia
The majority of our clients require plastics that are manufactured through thermoforming, a less-expensive, highly efficient method of creating custom plastic pieces. We design a one-sided aluminum tool, heat a solid sheet of plastic until it’s soft and flexible, and shape it to the mold to create the necessary shape.
Thermoforming is often used for large pieces like vehicle dashboards, trays, and shelving that don’t require varying thickness or complex shaping. It’s a much more cost-effective method of manufacturing due to the low cost of tooling, less intensive prototype development, and is more efficient for smaller orders than injection molding.
There are three specific types of thermoforming we use at Advanced Plastiform, Inc.
For large plastic pieces without sharply defined edges or intensive detailing, such as bath trays or refrigerator liners, vacuum forming is an efficient, affordable option for Georgia businesses. This method requires heating plastic, shaping it around the tool, and then using a high-powered vacuum to remove all air between the plastic and the mold, pulling it tightly and creating the shape.
Pressure forming is a more advanced method in which the mold is heated and the plastic is pressed firmly against it using highly pressurized air. It’s able to press more firmly into the mold and adhere, so sharp edges, corners, and detailing are easier to achieve in this method. Often, pressure forming is used as a less expensive alternative to injection molding in Georgia.
Twin Sheet Forming
To create double-walled products or hollow cylinders, we use twin sheet forming. This complex method requires heating and forming two plastic sheets at the same time, then fusing them together to complete the piece. Precision and accuracy is vital in this process in order to get the two shaped pieces to line up perfectly. Air ducts, pallets, and chutes are often made using twin sheet forming.
Georgia Industries Using Thermoformed Plastics
Since 1988, Advanced Plastiform, Inc. has worked with companies in numerous industries in Georgia, providing them with high-quality, durable plastics that are customized to their exact needs. As industries change and modernize, we are right there with them, adopting the latest technology and innovations related to thermoforming and injection molding. This way we can keep up with our clients’ needs while continuing to offer the fast lead times and low costs they expect.
Both vehicle manufacturers and third-party parts suppliers come to us for the safe, durable plastic components commonly used in cars and trucks. We use our innovative automotive part thermoforming for large dashboards, trunk tubs, and bumpers, while using automotive part injection molding to create knobs, dials, and small internal components.
We understand that the agricultural and construction industries use heavy duty equipment and require durable plastics that can stand up to that use. Manufacturers come to us for construction equipment part injection molding and thermoforming, knowing that whether we’re creating levers, seat frames, or shatter-proof windshields, they’ll get uniform, accurate parts that withstand the work required.
From desk drawers and table tops to office chair frames, our furniture part thermoforming process guarantees precise pieces that hold up beautifully, even in commercial settings. Just as necessary, we are also able to add the paints, tinting, and scratch-resistant coatings that add design and aesthetic elements.
We work to improve our clients’ logistics and operations through materials handling thermoforming. By using our thermoforming techniques to produce durable shelving, storage trays, chutes, and more, we can help our clients keep their products secure while speeding up their processes at their distribution centers, shipping departments, and warehouses.
Our medical supply thermoforming practices allow us to not only stay in compliance with strict regulations but ensure medical supply companies in Georgia get the exact products they need, including necessary customizations such as anti-static coating and UV protection. We use injection molding and thermoforming to produce packaging, equipment components, trays, and so much more for this challenging industry.
Advanced Plastiform, Inc. frequently works with RV and ATV manufacturers and independent parts suppliers, creating similar plastics as we do for the automotive industry. However, we know that recreational vehicles are used harder and are subject to more extreme conditions, which is why, through our recreational vehicle part thermoforming, we use the most durable plastics to keep these vehicles running smoothly and looking sharp.
When thermoforming commercial refrigeration parts, like shelving, liners, and drawers, freezing temperatures, shifts in temperatures, and moisture can wear them out easily. That’s why our engineers and design teams ensure that the materials we use are able to not only withstand the heavy traffic of commercial use, but also the extreme shifts in conditions..
Georgia telecommunications companies come to us when they need the organizational tools necessary to help them create complex telecommunication networks and data centers. With our telecommunication part thermoforming, we’re able to supply the components necessary to ensure a neat, organized system is in place for easy installation, updating, and maintenance.
Protect your products during the shipping process with plastic packaging created through our shipping tray thermoforming techniques. With our trays and pallets, you can improve efficiency in your logistics operations with heavy-duty plastic pieces that will last through frequent heavy use.
Our transportation part thermoforming is often used by manufacturers of buses, commercial trucks, and other large commercial transportation vehicles to create air ducts, storage units, and other plastics. Knowing that these vehicles require reliable, sturdy components that adhere to strict regulations, we work with our clients to determine the best materials and shape for their needs.
Water treatment facilities and water and air filter companies contact us for the massive filter modules necessary for large scale use. Our filtration system thermoforming not only makes it possible to create modules up to 30 feet long, but our accuracy and attention to detail ensures better quality air and water for those people we’re serving.
Georgia Thermoforming and Injection Molding Materials
In order to get the best result for each individual project, we offer several types of high-quality plastics.
When glass isn’t the best option, acrylic is often used instead. While it’s naturally clear like glass, it’s more impact resistant and easier to customize with tinting and other options.
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
ABS is a common thermoplastic used in injection molding and thermoforming to make automotive interiors, drain pipes, and sewer pipes. It’s low melting point makes it easy to mold and form, and it is resistant to corrosive substances and high impacts.
High Molecular Weight Polyethyene (HMWPE)
HMWPE is often used in materials handling and for components that need to be abrasion-resistant, such as conveyor parts. This is a durable, self-lubricating plastic that allows items to easily slide along its surface with minimal friction.
High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)
HIPS is lightweight, inexpensive plastic that’s easy to fabricate and thermoform. While it’s not as impact-resistant as ABS, it’s strong enough for everyday items like food packaging.
Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO)
TPO is resistant to sun damage and effects of temperature changes due to its rubber blend, making this a commonly used polymer for outdoor items like patio furniture, golf cart exteriors, and vehicle roofing.
With a high melting point and flexible properties, polypropylene is a popular plastic used for consume packaging, snaps, hinges, and closures. It’s also used for food containers like ketchup bottles, yogurt containers, and water bottles as it doesn’t leach chemicals into food.
Polycarbonate is often used in place of glass for eyeglasses, sunglasses, and even shatterproof windows. It’s highly transparent and impact resistant, though it’s not a scratch-resistant substance.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
From water and gas pipes to medical devices, PVC is a common plastic that’s lightweight but incredibly strong.
Contact Us for Georgia Thermoforming and Injection Molding
Advanced Plastiform, Inc. works with companies throughout Georgia, including in Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, Columbus, Athens, and Augusta. Whether you need small, precise components or large thermoformed pieces, our team of designers, engineers, and manufacturers will make sure every piece is accurate, uniform, and customized to your specifications.