Vacuum forming is a popular manufacturing process used in the packaging industry to produce a wide range of components. It involves the creation of plastic products by heating a flat sheet of thermoplastic material, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), PET, or polystyrene (PS), until it becomes soft and pliable. The softened sheet is then stretched over a mould using a vacuum, which sucks the air out between the sheet and the mould, causing the plastic to conform to the mould's shape. Once cooled and solidified, the formed plastic component is trimmed and finished to create the final packaging product.
Vacuum formed components are widely used in the packaging industry due to their versatility and cost-effectiveness. They can be found in various packaging applications, including blister packs, clamshell packaging, trays, inserts, protective covers, and display stands.
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