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Frequently Asked Question
General Questions
Where is your company located?

Our company is located in Southern California

Where do you produce your machines?

Our machines are produced in Italy and some parts are produced in the U.S

What is the typical lead time for a project?

Colimatic USA Inc. works efficiently to get your well designed packaging machine out the door quickly. A typical project can take anywhere between 12-16 weeks. However, lead times can vary based on the complexity of the projects. The best way to determine what your lead time will be is to contact us regarding your project.

What is your line of products?

Horizontal-Thermoforming-Form-Fill-Seal (FFS) packaging machines tray sealing machines and vacuum chamber machines, along with specialty customized lines for food and medical applications.

How can I tell which machine is right for me?

You need to figure out basic things before you can select your machine, please refer to our RFQ form to fill out the necessary details, so we can help you select the right machine for you.

Are your machines customizable?

Yes, our machines allow a high level of customization with many add on accessories such as jumbo reel holder, printer, MDP (Multi Point Discharge), dosing unit for liquid and creamy products, automatic feeders for medical and other products, dosing unit with automatic weighed, and more, depending of the type of machine you’ve selected.

Are your machine environmentally friendly?

In our packaging machines we use components that require less energy consumption. We have developed special devices that have the ability to work with packaging material such as paper and specialty laminates.

What to consider before purchasing a machine:

Here is a list of basic things you might want to consider before purchasing a new packaging machine:
How many packages will you be sealing per shift?
How large is each package?
What is the package made from?
How much space do you have available for another machine?
Do you plan on ramping up production in the very near future?
What is your budget at this time for this piece of capital equipment?
What is the product you are packaging? 

Do your machines follow USDA and FDA regulations?

We design our equipment to be aligned with USDA and FDA regulatory requirements as per ISO11607-1/2 and applicable Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

Do you have local service technicians in the United States?

Yes, we have a team of well qualified engineers to address any issues that may arise with regard to operation of our packaging machines

Why should I choose Colimatic USA, Inc. for my Thermoforming Needs?

Colimatic USA, Inc. has been exceeding customer expectations for over 40 years. We have the experience, expertise, and technology necessary to bring your custom thermoforming machine into reality. We pride ourselves on product quality and can provide your turn-key machine with minimal lead time. All of these reasons make Colimatic USA, Inc. an excellent choice for your thermoforming machine provider. We are your best choice because the people of Colimatic USA, Inc. have the desire to provide you with exceptional customer service and professional know how.

How do I get a free quote?

You already have your product, and probably know its dimensions, production volume, packaging budget, and your own special circumstances. We are happy to provide you with a free quote! Just fill out the RFQ on our website or call us today.

Technical Questions
What is a Thermoforming technology?

Thermoforming is a manufacturing process where a plastic sheet is heated to a pliable forming temperature, formed to a specific shape in a mold, and trimmed to create a usable product. The sheet, or "film" when referring to thinner gauges and certain material types, is heated in an oven to a high-enough temperature that it can be stretched into or onto a mold and cooled to a finished shape. If you are unfamiliar with thermoforming you would be greatly surprised to find out how many thermoformed products you come across in daily life. Thermoforming differs from injection molding, blow molding, rotational molding, as well as other forms of processing plastics.

What are the benefits of thermoforming?

Thermoforming has several advantages over other processes. Thermoforming is efficient and very cost-effective for the packaging of many items depending on size, shape, and quantity. Unlike other packaging processes, packaging with thermoforming process is quick and relatively cheaper than other packaging methods. It also offers a large freedom of design, small details can be added, pre-colored plastic is available with extensive choice of patterns, textures, and finishes, and provides an excellent package volume/quality ratio.

What type of plastics can you thermoform?

Some examples of plastics that lend themselves best to thermoforming are: high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), high density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polymethyl methacrylate (or "acrylic") (PMMA), and polyethylene terephthalate modified with CHDM (PETG).

What kind of cosmetic features can be achieved with thermoforming?

Sharp, crisp detail with close tolerances can be achieved. Undercuts, formed-in texture, formed-in logos, and custom colors are just a few of the many features that can be accomplished with thermoforming.

What types of tooling are used in thermoforming?

Two types of tooling are commonly used:

  • Machined Aluminum Molds

    Machined aluminum molds are usually done on CNC machines from generated CAD files and can be either male or female. Typically built for shallow parts with small draw ratios they hold very close tolerances and can be mounted on temperature control bases and used with or without plug assist molds.

  • Cast Aluminum Molds

    Cast aluminum molds are cast at a foundry from a composite material. The temperature controls are cast into the back and sides of the molds at the foundry. Cast aluminum molds typically are built for parts with large draw ratios and may be male or female and vacuum-form or pressure-form. Features such as texture, loose and pneumatic cores, and inserts are available.

What is Integral Cutting System?

Colimatic has a patent registered for this sophisticated feature which is able to cut any kind of previously thermoformed shape.

Do your machines form Rigid and Flexible packaging materials?

Yes, our machines can form rigid packaging materials up to 40mil thickness as well as flexible packaging materials from 2mil gauge and foil laminates.

What is vacuum forming?

Vacuum forming is a process in which a thermoplastic sheet is heated to the appropriate temperature, stretched around or into a mold/pattern, and conformed to the mold by applying vacuum and air pressure between the mold surface and the plastic sheet.Because heating of the material to be formed is required, vacuum forming is considered a thermoforming process.

What is the difference between thermoforming and vacuum forming?

Vacuum forming is a process in which a thermoplastic sheet is heated to the appropriate temperature, stretched around or into a mold / pattern, and conformed to the mold by applying vacuum and air pressure between the mold surface and the plastic sheet. Because heating of the material to be formed is required, vacuum forming is considered a thermoforming process.

How does reduced oxygen level increase shelf life?

In order to increase the shelf life, the important thing is to reduce the oxygen levels to at least 0.05% inside the bag. Air is composed of 78.03% Nitrogen and 20.95% Oxygen (with the other 1.02% composed of Argon and Carbon Dioxide). Nitrogen is an inert gas that will not affect any food or pharmaceutical products. The biggest problem is the Oxygen inside the bag. Oxygen will increase the growth of bacteria, fungi and the oxidative effect on lipids. Oxygen will allow the products to age and will decrease the shelf life significantly. By using a HFFS with vacuum and MAP capabilities, the oxygen levels can be decreased to the necessary 0.05%, increasing the shelf life by at least 30% in most food products.

What are the benefits of Vacuum Chamber?

Vacuum Chamber is capable of vacuuming a higher percentage of oxygen from a bag at a much slower pace. A Chamber Sealer is capable of removing enough oxygen to lower the Oxygen level to 0.02%. Chamber Sealers should always be used with extremely oxygen sensitive products.Chamber Sealers are not foot pedal operated, instead they have sensors that activate once the lid of the machine is closed. These sealers use an internal Vacuuming method, the user has to place the entire bag on the inside of the Sealer.

What is a vacuum cycle at a vacuum chamber machine?

A Vacuuming Cycle on a Chamber Sealer would have the following steps: A hydraulic or Pneumatic arm will open the lid on the chamber sealer. At this point the user would place the bag on the inside of the chamber, with the open part of the bag on top of the sealing bar. The user will then proceed to close the lid of the sealer, and the Vacuuming Cycle will begin. The Vacuum Pump will activate and will evacuate all the air inside the chamber and the bag at the same time.

How much air can I remove from the package with a vacuum chamber?

The amount of air removed will depend on the setting specified by the user, either by time or pressure. Once the specified vacuum time / pressure is achieved the sealer will either Gas flush the bag or seal it (This will depend on the way the machine is programmed by the user). Most Industrial Chamber Sealer with seal the bag twice to insure the seal is strong enough to hold the vacuum. After the bag has been sealed, there will be a Dwell / Cool time, so that the seal sets in place. Once the cycle has been completed the sealer will then pump air into the chamber, bringing the pressure back to normal inside the chamber and opening the lid.