UFP Technologies is structured to serve you. We help guide you from design concept all the way to the production runs for both small and large programs. UFP Technologies has the most manufacturing capacity of any molded pulp industrial products packaging organization in North America. With our own tool shop and the resources of a $100 million public company we have the ability to grow with you.
- Tool Design:
UFP Technologies has its own in-house tooling design and tooling manufacturing staff and facility. With close control over the tooling process, you can be assured that each step of the tooling process is managed properly and efficiently, leading to faster turn around times for your package.
- Production Parts:
The staff at our US manufacturing facilities are experts at scheduling your production parts to be at your location when you need them. We have the most manufacturing capacity in North America, so we are able to handle your demands even when seasonality or unexpected high volume periods occur.
UFP Technologies manufactures solely in the United States, but we have established world-wide relationships to source material for global manufacturing.
- Design and Engineering
Our Design Engineers have extensive experience in working with molded pulp. With the thousands of designs that our engineers have tackled, we have the know-how to design a package that will work.
- Rapid Prototyping
Once a design is done, a "rapid prototype" can be created. Flat molded fiber material is cut and pasted together to form a model of the article being proposed. This model illustrates the design exactly and can be used to demonstrate a concept for a customer. It is not a drop testable sample, but is accurate to +/- .03", so it can serve to confirm proper fit. The "rapid prototype" is very useful when a "hands on" presentation is required, versus a viewable computerized 3-D presentation.
- Performance Prototyping Tooling / Packaging Testing:
UFP Technologies can produce a "Performance Prototype" tool for testing purposes. Made from a porous, ceramic material, a typical performance prototype tool yields approximately 40 to 50 testable sample parts. Once the tool is cast, the wax pattern used for the casting is machined out by the material thickness amount and then serves as a delivery head. A typical performance prototype tool yields approximately 40 to 50 testable sample parts.
We package test all of our samples internally as well as with certified ISTA test labs including the UPS Professional Services lab.
- Production Tooling:
Each mold is a complex, precision-machined aluminum or plastic form that has a screen affixed to the outside. The screen separates the pulp from the water as vacuum draws the slurry mixture through it in the forming process.
In addition to the forming tools, delivery heads or transfer tools are needed to remove the wet articles from the molds. Delivery heads are matched mated sets of tools that conform to the rear of a formed article and are cast from a semi-flexible polyurethane material. These tools are also evacuated so they can draw a vacuum around the rear of an article to transfer it from the mold to the oven.
- U.S. Manufacturing
Our manufacturing facilities are located in El Paso, TX and Clinton, IA.
- Asian & Eastern Manufacturing
Molded Fiber has Asian and European partnerships to scale your project world-wide if necessary.