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Ray Products Focuses on Quality for Thermoformed Medical Device Enclosures

Design | Large Part Thermoforming | Thermoforming

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This article originally appeared in the April, 2015 issue of Design2Part Magazine. You can download a PDF of the original here.

By Rebecca Carnes

Specializing in thermoformed plastic parts, Ray Products Co., Inc. understands the unique qualities needed for medical device enclosures, such as durability, aesthetics, and built-in, antimicrobial resistance. The Ontario, Calif.-based company has been manufacturing enclosures for more than 60 years, and focuses on translating that experience into high-quality medical devices. These devices include medical electronics housings; imaging (X-Ray, CT Scan, MRI) enclosures; sterile packaging; bins and trays; hospital room panels; hospital bed components; and stands and support equipment.

Medical device enclosures make up the bulk of Ray Products’ medical business, and pressure-formed and vacuum-formed enclosures can be found on surgical and diagnostic equipment in healthcare facilities across the country. READ MORE

An Introduction to Pressure Forming Tooling

Pressure Forming

Pressure Forming

We talk a lot about tooling here at Ray Products, but if you’re not familiar with pressure forming, you might not know what tooling is. So, we thought we’d help with a quick introduction to pressure forming tooling.

The Foundation of a Successful Project – Literally

A properly designed, and built tool is critical to every pressure forming project. It’s one area where cutting corners is definitely a bad idea.

At Ray Products, we stand behind our tooling. We’ll guarantee the performance of your tooling for life, as long you’re using it for manufacturing in our facility.

 What is a Pressure Forming Tool?

A pressure forming tool is the mold that creates the shape of a pressure formed part. It’s made to match the shape of the final part, and when the plastic is pressed against it, it takes on the shape of the mold. READ MORE

Jason’s Making The Case For Pressure Forming in MDT

Inside The Factory | Pressure Forming

Pressure Forming

Pressure forming makes sense for medical device enclosures. Lots of sense. It’s something we’ve talked about here in the past.

Recently, Medical Design & Technology ran an article written by our VP of Sales & Development, Jason Middleton. The article is titled, “Making The Case for Pressure Forming Medical Device Enclosures.”

Jason finishes up the article with, “if you don’t consider pressure forming for your next medical device enclosure, you might be leaving your best option on the table.” He couldn’t be more right.

Give the article a read, and let us know if you have any questions.

How To Choose The Right Pressure Forming Company

Design | Inside The Factory | Pressure Forming | Thermoforming

Pressure Forming

Say you’ve decided that pressure forming is the right process for your next plastic manufacturing project.  How do you choose the right company to pressure form with?

While we’re obviously not a neutral party in this situation, we do have some advice that will help you get on the right track.

Price Matters

It’s not a bad idea to get your first project quoted by multiple pressure formers.  If you’re not familiar with the industry and what things should cost, it can help to make sure that you’re not being taken advantage of.

But it’s important to make sure you’re considering more than just the total at the bottom of the quote sheet.

How much would it cost you if you didn’t meet your deadline?  What about the  cost of changing your mold because of unexpected problems?  Or the costs of production defects?

Look at price, but remember that the cheapest quote you get up front, might not offer the best value in the end.

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Medical Device Manufacturers & Thermoforming: By the Numbers

Inside The Factory | Thermoforming

Thermoforming

After we published the results of our 2014 thermoforming industry survey, Medical Design Briefs asked if we could share the results of the survey that are specific to the medical device industry.

We were more than happy to, and the result is an article in their February, 2015 edition.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Only 7% of Medical Device Manufacturers are Happy with Offshore Manufacturing and Have No Plans to Reshore
  • Medical Device Manufacturers Care About Quality Even More Than Customers In Other Industries
  • Thermoforming Accounts for 28% of Overall Plastics Manufacturing by Medical Device Manufacturers, and is Expected to Grow

Get the full details from the article.

Who’s Thermoforming – The Crossword

Thermoforming

It’s not always easy to tell which companies are using thermoforming, but the truth is that if you choose pressure forming or vacuum forming for your next project, you’re in good company.

We’ve put together a list of 17 companies who, we have it on good authority, use thermoforming. We could just give you the list, but instead we thought we’d make things a bit more fun with a crossword.

Get your puzzle on below, and find out which leading companies have chosen thermoforming as the right process for them.

Want to break out your pencil and go oldschool? Download this PDF and party like it’s 2005.

When you’re done (no cheating!) you can check out the answer key here.

9 Reasons Medical Device Manufacturers Love Pressure Forming

Design | Large Part Thermoforming | Pressure Forming | Thermoforming

Pressure Forming

When it comes to manufacturing medical device enclosures, there are several processes to choose from. We know we’re a bit biased, but more often than not, pressure formed plastic really is the best option for medical device enclosures.

Here are 9 reasons why.

#1: Cost at Quantity

When you factor in both tooling and production costs, pressure forming quite often has the lowest total cost of any other process in volumes of the high-hundreds to mid-thousands. These are very common quantities in medical device enclosure manufacturing.

#2: Large Part Capability

Our pressure forming machines can create single pieces up to a full 10’x6’, with up to 40” of depth. That’s the type of size you need when you’re creating enclosures for things like MRI, CT and X-Ray machines, or ancillary equipment like beds and chairs.

#3: Huge Material Selection

When you’re pressure forming, you can choose from literally hundreds of materials. These materials can come with properties like excellent impact protection, V-0 flammability ratings and even built-in antimicrobial resistance. The same thermoplastic materials that are used for injection molding are commonly used in pressure forming. READ MORE

Announcing Our Thermoforming Survey Winner

Inside The Factory

Ray Products

We’re happy to announce that Albert McGovern, Director of Mechanical Engineering at Shure Incorporated, is the winner of this year’s thermoforming survey thank-you-gift drawing.

We’ll be sending Albert’s Herman Miller Aeron chair to his home office, where both Albert and his wife can enjoy it.

“Our backs,” he said, “are already thanking us.”

Congratulations to Albert and his wife. To everyone else, don’t worry. We’ll be back next year with another survey, and another opportunity to win a fabulous prize.

Manufacturers Like Thermoforming, Saving Money and Domestic Manufacturing — Our 2014 Industry Survey Results

Large Part Thermoforming | Plastics Manufacturing

Thermoforming

A few weeks back, we sent out our second annual thermoforming industry survey to more than 2,000 engineers and administrators at companies across the United States that use custom plastics manufacturing.

Last year’s survey focused on what these companies were looking for when they chose a plastics manufacturer to work with. This year, we expanded our focus a bit. Here’s what we learned.

Thermoforming is Big, And Getting Bigger

Our survey found that thermoforming accounted for about 25% of custom plastic manufacturing projects in the past year, and our survey takers expect it to grow a bit in the coming year.

Over the past 12 months, what percentage of the plastics manufacturing projects you were involved with used thermoforming? READ MORE

How 3D Printing Can Be An Asset To Your Next Thermoforming Project

Large Part Thermoforming | Thermoforming

Thermoforming

3D printing is big news, and it’s no wonder. Just a few years ago, the idea of printing directly from a CAD file to a 3D physical object in a matter of minutes was preposterous. Today, it’s entirely possible.

With so much coverage in the press and popularity online, we’re sometimes asked, “Is 3D printing cutting into your business?” The very truthful answer is, not at all. In fact, it can be quite helpful.

You see, 3D printing is great at what it does, but what 3D printing does is quite different from what thermoforming does.

Thermoforming is a very cost-effective process once you’re planning to produce quantities of a few hundred parts up into the mid-thousands. When potential customers ask us to produce a single prototype, we usually refer them to 3D printing or other prototyping processes to help insure manufacturability in thermoforming. This way when they’re ready for that production run, there’s going to be no question which process is right for them. READ MORE

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