High-Quality, Heavy-Duty Thermoformed Plastic Products
For decades, LINDAR has been an industry leader in the design, development, manufacturing, and assembly of thermoformed plastic products. From custom OEM parts to tooling and prototyping to our own proprietary line of consumer products, the LINDAR name is associated with high-quality customer service, processes, materials, and products.
LINDAR uses the latest thin-gauge and heavy-gauge thermoforming equipment to efficiently manufacture even the most complex products and plastic components to exact design specifications and industry standards.
Thin Gauge Thermoforming
Thin gauge thermoforming is a precise manufacturing process utilized by LINDAR for producing lightweight, high-quality plastic products. This method of thermoforming is ideal for parts ranging from 0.0008 to 0.080 inches in thickness, such as packaging and disposable products. Thin gauge thermoforming offers cost-effectiveness, versatility in design, and the ability to produce large volumes rapidly. Many thermoformed materials are recyclable, aligning with the increasing emphasis on sustainability and environmental considerations.
Common thin gauge materials include but are not limited to:
Heavy Gauge Thermoforming
Heavy gauge thermoforming is a specialized process LINDAR uses similar to thin gauge thermoforming but involves thicker thermoplastic sheets, typically ranging from 0.080 inches (2.032 mm) and above. Heavy gauge thermoforming provides customers with a cost-effective and versatile solution for producing large, durable, and intricately designed products. Its value lies in its ability to create sturdy components with reduced tooling costs and a shorter production cycle compared to alternative manufacturing processes.
Common heavy gauge materials include but are not limited to:
Rotational molding, or rotomolding, is a manufacturing technique used to produce high-quality, durable plastic products. This method involves placing powdered raw materials inside a mold, which is then rotated in multiple axes within a large oven. This rotation evenly distributes the material, forming seamless, hollow, and often double-walled items. Rotomolding is particularly effective for creating products that require exceptional strength and durability.
- Exceptional strength and durability
- Production of hollow, seamless designs
- Capability for double-walled constructions
- Even distribution of material in the mold
- Suitable for a wide variety of industries
- Creates long-lasting, robust products
- Ideal for complex, intricate designs
- Industrial and commercial containers
- Playground equipment
- Automotive parts and components
- Agricultural tanks and equipment
- Outdoor furniture
- Marine products, like kayaks and floating docks
- Consumer products like coolers
- Custom products for various applications
Post-forming assembly is a critical phase in the manufacturing process where individual thermoformed or rotomolded components are assembled into a final product. This step often involves additional processes like drilling, cutting, or attaching hardware and other components. The purpose of post-forming assembly is to enhance the functionality, aesthetics, or mechanical properties of the product, ensuring it meets specific requirements or standards.
CNC Robotic Trimming
CNC robotic trimming is a sophisticated method used in manufacturing to precisely trim thermoformed or rotomolded products. CNC guides robots to execute complex cutting patterns with high accuracy. This allows for the efficient and consistent trimming of plastic parts, ensuring each piece meets exact specifications. CNC robotic trimming is vital for products requiring detailed, intricate shapes, providing a high-quality finish to the final product. LINDAR has made significant investments in this capability over recent years, including in fully automated dual-head rotobotic trim cells.
Design & Engineering Consulting
Design and engineering consulting is a specialized service where LINDAR’s in-house experts assist in developing and refining product designs. Using advanced software tools for design and simulation, this service includes concept development, material selection, engineering analysis, and optimization for manufacturing. The goal is to create efficient, cost-effective, high-quality products that meet the requirements of LINDAR customers.
3D Printing & Prototyping
At LINDAR, we’re not just keeping up with the times; we’re defining the future of customer experience. Through significant investments in technology and resources, LINDAR is proud to offer 3D printing and prototyping capabilities to our customers. Our 3D printing capabilities turbocharge the design engineering process as a fast and versatile option that provides tangible models for design iterations. The service includes design and engineering optimization, ensuring prototypes are not only innovative but also manufacturable with exceptional quality.
- Rapid creation of detailed prototypes
- Allows for fast design iterations
- Cost-effective for small batch production
- Reduces overall development time
- Enables complex geometries and intricate designs
- Customization for specific application needs
- Provides a tangible model for design validation
- Enhances communication within development teams
- Concept models for product feasibility assessment
- Engineering prototypes for design and manufacturability testing
- Functional parts for fit, form, and function verification
- Mold prototypes for pre-production evaluation
- Custom component parts for specialized applications
- Design mock-ups for visual and ergonomic review
Material sourcing involves identifying and procuring raw materials needed to produce a product. This process includes researching, evaluating, and acquiring materials that meet specific criteria, such as quality, cost, sustainability, and compliance with industry standards. Effective material sourcing ensures that the right materials are available at the right time and cost, contributing to the overall efficiency, quality, and profitability of the production process.
Plastic extrusion is a manufacturing process that involves melting and forming resin into a continuous profile by forcing it through a shaped opening, typically a die. PET is a thermoplastic polymer widely used in the production of plastic bottles, containers, and other packaging materials. In the context of thermoforming, PET extrusion is often a precursor to the thermoforming process, where the extruded sheet is later heated and formed into specific molded shapes. LINDAR utilizes our in-house extrusion capabilities to ensure the best of quality in LINDAR’s proprietary products. It allows LINDAR to offer a unique comprehensive solution, from raw material production to the final thermoformed product.
Quality assurance at LINDAR is a rigorous process that ensures the highest standards of product quality. With ISO Certification, LINDAR is committed to delivering excellence. Our extensive experience as a Tier 1 supplier to major manufacturers involves navigating the most stringent Pre Production Approval Processes (PPAP). Furthermore, our quality lab is fully equipped to support various testing requirements, ensuring products meet and exceed industry standards.
Request a Quote
LINDAR is ready to assist you with your custom thermoforming needs. Whether you require precision parts, innovative packaging solutions, or specialized plastic products, our team is here to provide tailored solutions. Request a quote today to initiate the process — our experts will promptly respond with the information you need to get started. We value your business and look forward to partnering with you to bring your unique projects to life.