Combo thermoforming, also known as a combination run or gang run, is a method that pools multiple tools and manufactures them in the same production run. Generally used for blister packaging, a shared tooling arrangement among multiple customers increases the number of thermoformed parts per run, thus reducing the start-up and other costs for everyone.
The Advantages of Combo Thermoforming
Combos can lower the price of a job, particularly smaller order quantities that might have otherwise been cost prohibitive if produced in their own separate run. To take advantage of Combo savings, all of the blisters in the run must share the same material type and thickness. This makes items that use more popular materials and thicknesses ideal candidates for Combo runs.
When Combos Might Not Be the Right Choice
If your blister project requires a unique type of material, more complex geometry, a special color or an uncommon material thickness, a Combo run is unlikely to be a viable alternative. Rather, these type blisters will most likely require dedicated production tooling.
Specific Use-Case Scenarios
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