How Penda Utilizes Thermoforming to Develop Custom Solutions for OEMs

Thermoforming machinery

At Penda, we’re more than just a manufacturer of drop-in truck bedliners. We specialize in creating highly customizable, thermoformed solutions for OEMs across many different industries. These industries include automotive, agricultural, construction, heavy truck, industrial, recreational, and many more. Our team understands that businesses face numerous challenges in these areas that often feel daunting. That’s why, each day, we work hard to apply our extensive capabilities and experience to help deliver custom solutions to fit your organization’s needs.

Through collaborative engineering, refined processes, and a range of value-added capabilities, the solutions we can offer to OEMs are top of the line when it comes to quality and customizability. We’ll touch on a variety of solutions we can create and our process in making them a reality.

Penda’s Array of Thermoformed Solutions for OEMs

When a customer approaches us with a new product or solution they’re developing, the first question they often ask is: Can it be thermoformed? And chances are, it can! The beauty of the thermoforming manufacturing process is that it can be used to create smaller consumer products like suitcases, or even larger full-system solutions like a driver’s lounge for the heavy truck industry. The possibilities are endless.

By working with the Penda team, you tap into a large group of engineers who will never shy away from developing a custom thermoformed solution. When it comes to the OEM space, our teams can utilize thermoforming to develop parts for equipment, or even a fully-scaled and customizable system of components. Some of the industries that we have experience creating thermoformed solutions for OEMs are:

Agricultural and Construction Equipment: From wheel well liners for tractors to fenders and shrouding for construction equipment, we’ve seen it all. Our capabilities in thermoforming allow us to create and customize massive components for agricultural and construction equipment.

Automotive: When it comes to creating thermoformed solutions for the automotive industry, no one can top our experience at Penda. Whether it’s a drop-in bedliner or a custom automotive accessory, we can make it a reality. It’s what we do every day.

Heavy Truck: Your transit workforce deserves the best. Some of the solutions we’ve developed for transportation include under-bunk storage solutions, headliners, and in-vehicle lifestyle solutions for Class 8 fleet trucks.

Industrial: We’re one of the largest thermoformers in North America, and we have the capabilities to create some of the largest thermoformed parts and components that can be used on many different pieces of equipment and machinery in the industrial space.

Recreation: Some of the most exciting solutions we can create come from the recreation industry. From thermoformed kayaks to bedliners and hoods for golf carts. You name it, we make it.

Our Process for Developing Custom Solutions

Bringing products to life through thermoforming is our passion. It starts with who we are and is reinforced in everything we deliver. With our decade’s worth of experience in engineering and refining processes, we have what it takes to create solutions in a timely and cost-effective manner. Whether you’re starting with a concept sketch on a napkin, or already have product renderings, we’re here to help you at every step along the way. Below, we’ve outlined the process that allows us to be an industry-leading supplier to OEMs

  1. Project Ideation & Requirements
  2. Concept Sketching
  3. Design, Surfacing, and Rendering
  4. Materials Engineering
  5. Tooling
  6. Prototyping
  7. Testing and Validation
  8. Production

As we manage the life of your project, we constantly place an emphasis on product and process improvement with a LEAN focus. We work diligently using Kaizen initiatives to pull improvement ideas on the manufacturing floor, and with order fulfillment and logistics processes.

At the end of the day, you can count on Penda to deliver custom thermoformed solutions to help you overcome the challenges facing you now and in the future. Contact us today to receive a quote for your custom thermoforming needs!

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