After a thorough evaluation of the medical pipettes, the Plastiform team concluded that utilizing thermoforming as the manufacturing method would maximize the cost benefit of the item. It also allowed us to design and engineer a new product with enhanced features that were not cost effective with the injection molded version. We included characteristics such as a lid that can be opened with one-hand, enhanced wall rigidity with the use of corrugation, and an inner tray and low retention perimeter snap. Composed of Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG), it has dimensions of 8.32″ in length, 5.25″ in width, with a wall thickness of .030″.
The medical pipette tray was produced on a single station thermoformer, which allowed us to achieve tolerances of ±.002″. Various quality control measures were applied to verify function and design specifications, such as fit and destructive testing, and verification of material thickness. Upon approval of the prototype, we produced 100 of these products, with the entire project requiring a lead time of only 6 weeks.
Prior to the creation of thermoformed pipette trays, we were contracted by a manufacturer of medical devices to find a low cost solution to produce the pipette tray. At Plastiform Dallas, innovation and cost reduction of manufactured products is part of our culture.
The customer was having this pipette tray manufactured using injection molding. The complexity and detail of the design resulted in high costs for tooling and production using this method. The thermoformed design that the Plastiform team created for this unique product is just one example of how any custom, one-of-a-kind product packaging can be produced by Plastiform.
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