Enjoy the Season
The employees of Shepherd Thermoforming & Packaging Inc. would like to send our appreciation to our customers and suppliers for their business and efforts in the last year. Again this year we will not be sending Christmas cards. We will be making a donation to Strive Learning Centre for Children it is a registered charity 81290 9257 RR0001 , whose mission it is to improve the quality of life for children with Cerebral Palsy by the delivery of therapeutic programs that maximizes their strength, functionality, and independence. For more information or visit our website at www.striveforchildren.com.
The Office will be closed from December 23rd to 27th with a light staff on December 30th, 31st, normal operations resume January 2nd.
The Plant will be closed from December 23rd to January 1st. normal operations resume January 2nd.
2014 is shaping up to be a very prosperous year for Shepherd Thermoforming and Packaging Inc. We wish the same for all of our customers and suppliers!
Sign Up For Our Thermoforming Seminar
Our next free “Thermoforming 101” seminar date is fast approaching ! We will be meeting on Tuesday November 19 at the Hampton Inn in Brampton, Ontario for the morning, followed by a Plant Tour at our facility in the afternoon (Shepherd is located across the street from the hotel, see map at the bottom of the page).
Please RSVP or if you have any questions. Feel free to contact Simon Mangos at 905-459-4545 ext 233 or Brenda Silveira at 905-459-4545 ext 225. Click here if you want to sign up online.
·Materials for Thermoforming
Operations like heat sealing, Heat welding and other tamper-proofing methods. Also an update in the plastics market and perception.
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In 1996 Shepherd Thermoforming and Packaging produced a preprinted thermoformed package for a New York toy company. It was a relatively simple design that allowed the kids to use the package as a frame to mount their art work when completed.
This pre-printed clamshell package won the Vinyl Institutes Award (North America) for “Environmental Innovation/Source Reduction”.
In retrospect it was a great idea and the steps we used 19 years ago to distort the artwork and register it accurately during the thermoforming operation remain very much the same today. However, as in everything else the technology has improved greatly to the point where we can now predict the amount of art distortion much quicker. Also 19 years ago we were pioneering the process on high speed thermoforming equipment using tunnel heat which cooked the inks as well as the plastic so finding the right ink and maintaining constant heat was a challenge.
Today we work closely with art distortion companies and printers that have refined their processes making it easier to predict the resulting print on package contours thus getting the package to market faster. With some restrictions we can now replace the need to apply labels to clamshells and blisters with multi-colored decoration and copy applied directly to the rolls of plastic prior to forming the package – no label to apply and no contamination in the recycling stream.
Shepherd is currently working on “Contour Print” projects for several global brands as well as some unique applications where combining printing and thermoforming can produce some major benefits.
“Let us Shepherd your next project”
“Do you guys make bubble pack?” Ouch that hurts!
At Shepherd Thermoforming and Packaging it is a common problem so let’s be clear. We make plastic clamshells, blisters and trays. We also make larger plastic parts that are specific to a customer’s application which could be called anything so let’s not go there.
Common misnomers for the thin gauge parts that we make include skin pack, vacuum pack, bubble wrap and bubble pack. These names all relate to other forms of packaging like flexible skin packaging where the film is stretched tight over the product on a card, vacuum packaging commonly seen in meat packaging, air cap which is a protective wrapping or shrink wrap which is where a product is completely enclosed by flexible shrink film. We don’t make these things!
Thermoforming is a process of heating and forming rigid plastic sheet over a mold to form a package, tray or blister. The process is sometimes called vacuum forming because vacuum is always used to force the heated plastic into the mold however the proper term is thermoforming because air pressure and assist tools are also used. We do make these things!
Need help figuring out what you need? Contact Simon Mangos at 905-459-4545 x233 or email him at email@example.com
Please be advised that the Shepherd PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT will be shut down from July 1st thru July 5th 2013.
During this time, excluding the July 1st holiday, our sales and administration will still operate on a regular schedule.
All current customer orders which fall into this time frame have been planned for in advance and will be delivered on time.
Shepherd’s office staff will be starting summer hours June 21 2013 and ending September 21st.
Through this period the office will close at 1pm on Friday’s during this period.
Have a Great Summer !!!!!!
Almost every manufactured part must travel from point A to point B. Sometimes it is to the other side of the plant and other times it is to the other side of the world. Shepherd gets many requests to solve the problem of transporting products safely and in a fixed orientation. In this example we had a major challenge to hold these automotive front bumpers in the correct orientation without marking the class A finish during shipping to the next operation.
Material handling trays and pallets are just one part of Shepherds’ custom thermoforming business. Our fully integrated design and tool making department can solve any product handling problem from very small electronic assemblies to large automotive parts.
Integration of part design, prototypes, tool making and production makes Shepherd Thermoforming and Packaging your “go to” company for material handling – we are not just packaging!
We all know that this is the Maytag repairman who doesn’t get any work because the Maytag washers don’t need service. Well, that’s how we feel at Shepherd Thermoforming because our customers are seeing how we can produce trays that last. Here is what our sales rep in New York State, Chris Spiegel, says when asked by a customer to reduce cost of the current shipping tray.
“The trays, used for a medical product, had a short life with cracking and sharp corners. This created a safety issue with operators at the medical manufacturer and with their customer. Shepherd offered a more durable tray with improved design and material eliminating the issues with sharp edges. This allowed them to show significant savings to their customer. The numbers tell the story! In 2011, 38,100 trays were used for this program. The Shepherd tray was less expensive and of a higher quality. The higher quality allowed the trays to be reused many more cycles than the previous version. In the last 15 months, only 17,000 trays have been purchased. This is 50% less waste and more than 50% less cost compared to 2011. Between the cost savings and the reduced quantity required, the medical manufacturer has saved over $100,000.
This is the Maytag repairman problem, but the medical manufacturing operation reassures me there will be more opportunity going forward as they consolidate packaging at different facilities.”
The Shepherd Engineering team can provide you with innovative solutions that will protect, enhance and sell your product. Thermoforming is the only process that can produce inexpensive thin wall rigid plastic packaging and with Shepherd’s in house design and tool making capabilities. So, you don’t need to wait for lengthy/costly external tool making from a secondary source.
Here is just one example of Shepherd’s commitment to innovation.
Email Simon Mangos at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 905 459 4545 (233)
See many examples of Shepherd solutions from the past 28 years at: http://www.shepherdthermoforming.com/products.html
We were asked to present Contour Printing at SPE’s GPEC conference in New Orleans. The conference focus is on plastic recycling, covering everything from recovery to designing packaging for recycling. Are you curious, how does Contour Printing relate to GPEC & Recycling?
Click on the presentation to view or if you would like a representative show you Contour Printing, contact us at email@example.com