Frequently Asked Question​

General Questions

Our company is located in Southern California.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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? 

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

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

Medsol Inc powered by Colimatic and Alfa Service has been exceeding customer expectations for over 50 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  Medsol Inc. an excellent choice for your thermoforming machine provider. We are your best choice because the people of Colimatic Medsol Inc. have the desire to provide you with exceptional customer service and professional know how.

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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  • 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.

Medsol, Inc powered by Colimatic and Alfa Service has a patent registered for this sophisticated feature which is able to cut any kind of previously thermoformed shape.

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