What did we learn from the 2015 SPE thermoforming conference?

What did we learn from the 2015 SPE thermoforming conference?

As previously mentioned, sales manager Ben Schechter and myself attended the 2015 SPE thermoforming conference in Atlanta, GA.

Focusing on both innovations in equipment and process of the thermoforming industry, as well as the supply chain, the SPE’s (Society of Plastics Engineers) thermoforming division’s conference was filled with technical insights, and allowed us a useful peek into the world of thermoformers – a big part of our customer base.

entering the 2015 thermoforming conference

entering the 2015 thermoforming conference

Aside from getting a chance to spend time with our customers, we left the conference with a few invaluable lessons, the most important being:

  • The majority of sheet-related issues can be solved with better communication with the supplier!

While this is probably not a big surprise to most, lack of communication is in fact still a problem we encounter, and it can be attributed to different factors:

-Many thermoformers aren’t always aware that the manufacturer -us- usually serves many different markets, each with it’s own particular requirements: what a fabricator or a printer needs is very different than what a thermoformer does. a polystyrene sheet produced for one industry might be very different from one produced for another.

-the purchasing employees are often not the technical employees, and they don’t necessarily share the same objectives: at times some of the most important information gets left out of the requirements.

-Thermoformers might sometime purchase through a distributor. Just like a game of broken telephone, the added middleman might add an extra opportunity for information to be distorted or omitted. While there are many occasions that using a distributor makes more sense than dealing with the manufacturer directly (ie when dealing with small runs or when testing), extra care should be taken to make sure the sheet the user receives is the sheet he needs. A distributor with good relations with his supplier should allow the technical personnel of the manufacturer to be reachable directly.

another insightful class is about to get started!

another insightful class is about to get started!

At FedPlast, we have been serving the thermoforming industry for many decades, and we are very aware of the needs of our customers and how we can serve them properly within the optimal capabilities of our equipment.

There is no application we are not happy to discuss, and no issue you might currently have that we would like to help you solve!

So choose the best way you would like to contact us here, and see what FedPlast is willing to do for you!

Coffee and his cellphone: Ben at his best!

Coffee and his cellphone: Ben at his best!

Written by Alex Netzer

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