Plastic Manufacturing: Shipping & Protecting Parts

Tips to keeping your parts safe from Dock to Dock.


 When you order parts you should feel confident that they will arrive in pristine condition. The scariest thing to see when your line is down and you are waiting at the door for your parts to arrive is a damaged package! 

Here are a few things to consider to ensure your parts will travel from point A to point B safety. 

Know your Courier Service. When it comes to a budget large companies often have contract agreements for shipping leaving the choice out of your control, however what's great for one branch may not be so good for another.  It pays to do your research. Common couriers in the industry are Fed-Ex, UPs, DHL Express, but there are also local couriers you can learn from your supplier.

It's important to familiarize yourself with fees and costs that may occur when shipping long distance or overseas. Quantity and weight can affect your delivery costs. Knowing amount of parts that will fit in a package or how much they weigh can make a huge difference if the shipping company charges more for weight. It might work to your advantage if you arrange more boxes with less weight in each box.

Ask the Manufacturer. Sometimes the company you are buying goods from knows the little details about a courier that you may benefit from. They get to know the drivers and vehicles. They can tell you if a company is on time or late. The relationships they build with couriers can be invaluable in times of part shortages or lines down. 

Is local an option- Going local doesn't only apply to your baker or candlestick maker. Choosing a local company can be rewarding with support of your community but also in savings as these companies are competing with the big guys so they will often give you a cheaper cost for shipping. You can also benefit by choosing local because they often cater to the suppliers and will make special arrangements with no additional costs. 

Work out some Guidelines- Packaging is an essential piece of the process when it comes to ensuring the parts will be safe as well. Check with your manufacturer to ensure they have the proper procedures in their shipping department to prepare your parts for a shipment. If you have a preferred amount of parts per case this can be arranged. If you would like minimal tape used or are ok with multiple parts in bags you can easily have these instructions followed by the company. 

At ThermoFab we understand the needs of our customers from our dock to yours. Whether it be simple plastic enclosures or sensitive medical enclosures our shipping team takes time to properly package all your parts. You can view information about ThermoFab at www.thermofab.com . For more information on purchasing or requesting a proposal you can email us at sales@thermofab.com or follow the link Request a Proposal.Shipping packagingTHERMOFAB shippingAndrew packaging partsbox wrapping


ThermoFab Associates Volunteer with The United Way!


24th Annual United Way of North Central Ma "Day of Caring"


On September 20th two associates from the ThermoFab team, Donna & Serina volunteered to help with the 24th Annual Day of Caring. A Nationally recognized event with United Way.

The United Way of North Central MA holds their event in September every year. The purpose of this volunteer event is to help a non-profit organization within the community complete a project they may not have the time, money or resources to complete. Day of Caring allows for them to be done in one day by volunteers. These projects range from painting, cleaning, organizing and landscaping to trail clearing and building furniture. 


It starts with a kick off breakfast where all 350 volunteers gather early in the morning, receive their commemorative T-shirts and celebrate making a difference in the community.

Donna & Serina signed up to help at the local Girl Scout camp where they actually attended as children. They built and refurbished picnic tables while other volunteers at the camp painted the mess hall.The tables came out great and Donna & Serina had fun working with power tools.

It was a beautiful day for being outdoors! At the end of the day all the volunteers met up at a BBQ sponsored by the United Way and had the chance to win raffle prizes donated by sponsors in the community. Donna won a prize too! 

They plan on returning next year to help and hope to have additional co-workers join them for this great cause. 

" Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, They just have the Heart" - Elizabeth Andrews

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DFM Design For Manufacturing

Design manufacturing tips to Consider before tooling

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Design for Manufacturing or DFM is an essential process in the manufacturing world. The actual drawing of the part or product has to be in line with good manufacturing principles for the process to work. Below are some basic tips to consider before tooling begins to save time and money. 

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Parts & colors: Choose the ideal combination between the material and manufacturing process that will minimize production costs. Stay away from expensive and labor intensive final operations with painting, polishing and finish machining. Tight tolerances can be difficult to manage.  Keeping flexibility in tolerance prohibits interruptions in manufacturing. . Manage the size and functionality. Designing multi-functional parts can save on tooling costs. This is an easy way to lower the total number of parts and design parts with more than one function. 

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Keep it simple: Consolidate parts when possible. You will save time in manufacturing as well as shipping. Design your product to join without using screws, fasteners or adhesives. Is it possible for your product to interlock? If fasteners are required, try to keep the size, number and type to a minimum and use standard fasteners whenever possible to reduce added material cost and labor time. 

Click here to download insert specs that ThermoFab recommends.

Consider thermoforming for smaller part quantities. You wouldn't want to use highly-capitalized process like injection molding which involves building of tools and dies to make a low-volume part that could have been manufactured using a lower-capitalized method, such as thermoforming.

Tool-making is one of the most critical and expensive items on the manufacturing to-do list. And because your tool is the basis of your part or product, every decision you make about how your tool is made is, by default, a decision about the quality of your product.

We can build a prototype before tooling allowing you to work out the details before a tool is made.  Designing for manufacturing allows changes to be executed quickly, early in the process saving money in the long run. 

At ThermoFab we are here to work with you through DFM to get your product design perfected and to market quickly.

Request a proposal today or check out our design guide for step by step assistance. You can also reach us at sales@thermofab.com

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Medical Plastic Enclosure: Technological advancements in medicine.

Serina Arcila | Tue, Aug 27, 19 @ 08:52 AM

OCS Organ Care System

Thermofab team member works on lung enclosureThermoFab team member holds up lung enclosureIn the rapidly growing world of medical advancements Thermofab is proud to be part of this progress.

The OCS Organ Care System is a medical transportation unit used to bring a living organ from one location to another. Its purpose is to keep that organ warm with blood flow while it travels thousands of miles to reach its destination and help save lives. Transplant organs have always been transported in coolers on ice. Though this method has seen many successes, the tissue is in danger if the time the organs are placed in the cooler exceeds 6 hours. The OCS can now double the time an organ can be in transport.

OCSWhen considering the components for a transportation device for a living organ, every nook and cranny of the device needs to be carefully considered and manufactured to ensure the organ will be safe and make it from the donor to the person whose life is depending on it.

The enclosures are pressure formed from a clear poly-carbonate that enables visual monitoring of the organ being transported. Each cover is prepared in a clean room booth before being packaged. Medical devices such as these require specific sanitary handling.

With years of training and skills to handle specialty parts like the OCS cover our team dons white gloves to carefully handle and inspect each part and adds the final touches before shipping.

You can view additional medical enclosure designs as well as other parts we have manufactured if you visit our site at www.thermofab.com . For more information on purchasing or requesting a proposal you can email us at sales@thermofab.com or follow the link Request a Proposal.