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Our Process

Engage

Your priorities are our priorities.
 We work hard to make sure your package is exactly what you're looking for. Our completely custom design process really allows our customers to create the best possible package for their needs. We believe in open communication throughout our design process. Through this first step, we work with our customers to ensure collaboration on the project. 

Develop

From concept to completion using only the best TEQnology.

The innovative problem-solvers in our design team work on only the best equipment available and are an important part of what separates TEQ from our competitors. Using the latest 3-D solid modeling and surfacing software, they can turn any ideas into a physical prototype, which leads to the creation of the perfect package for your application.

To further meet your specifications, our team has expertise in forming over 25 unique materials, including:

Polypropylene, High Impact Polystyrene, Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol, Polycarbonate, Amorphous Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polyvinyl Chloride, XT Polymer, High Density Polyethylene, Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate and the latest biodegradable and recycled plastics.

To learn more about these materials, download our Material Guide

As a crucial step in our rapid development process, we create single-cavity mold prototypes to verify the designs. To save both time and money, valuable information in the prototyping is also used in later tooling phases.

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Design

To do any job well you need the right tools, and we’ve got them.

Making our high-speed production tooling using in-house services creates an optimal environment to bring your design to life in the most cost-effective and high-quality way. Using various sampling materials, our TEQnologists can communicate efficiently with you and make adjustments where needed with the quick-change tooling system, to manage cost, lead time and your peace of mind.

Proprietary design solutions:
  • TekZip Patent Pending (Patent Application # US-2010-0176020-A1)
  • ESD Wafer Cassette Trays (Patent# 260237)
  • Squeeze Pak™
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Tooling

When you work with TEQ, you’re always in good form.

Our meticulously maintained work environment is home to our dedicated and highly-trained TEQnicians, who form over 25 materials on all-electric high speed pressure forming state-of-the-art machines. Each one electronically controlled to maintain temperature, vacuum pressure and timing for a precise, repeatable performance. TEQ utilizes all electric servo Kiefel thermoformers that provide superior processing speeds, quality and process control, and consume much less power than traditional thermoforming equipment making them an important contributor to our green initiative.

TEQ created a 3-in-1 tooling system. In addition to the traditional forming and cutting tools, a stacker tool or pick in place robot arm is utilized to ensure efficient and precise handling of parts. Vision systems can also be added to further ensure that only conforming product is packed and shipped.

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Production

Our customers like how we operate.

It’s the combination of our highly-specialized team, our solutions-driven process and our state-of-the-art technologies, that ensures TEQ has seemingly limitless capabilities to deliver.

Our sales professionals and design engineers are Certified Packaging Professionals (CPP) by the IOPP and employ our documented process to deliver a high-quality product with renowned support.

TEQ’s operating procedures guarantee each work cell has at least one “lean certified” member to support our lean manufacturing program plus experience with other processes such as assembly, welding and sealing.

We use highly-efficient, high-speed pressure forming Kiefel machines that generate less waste. In fact, we have the largest installation of Kiefel machines in the US. We have chosen Kiefel as a partner because of:
  • Process control and repeatability
  • Forming cycle times
  • Tool exchange speed and precision
  • Die cutting tolerances and die life
  • Automated parts handling
  • Modular design
  • US-based service, support and training
  • Higher efficiency and greater output than traditional equipment (Green)
All plant operations are registered to ISO 9001 and a secondary plant (for medical device manufacture) is one of the only custom thermoforming facilities registered ISO 13485 in the US.
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Quality

Or as we like to call it – TEQuality.

We are all passionate about what we do at TEQ and we go to great lengths to maintain world class standards, including complete traceability to raw materials, full documentation, SPC monitoring and complete adherence to your specifications, through the use of state-of-the-art computerized measurement tools.

  • We have won several quality awards for our work. It’s something we’re proud of and the reason we can guarantee fit, form and function of every part and package we produce. Here’s how:
  • Our medical device plant is one of the only ISO 13485:2003 Registered custom thermoforming facilities in the US (secondary facility used for specific processes)
  • ISO 9001:2008 Registered
  • Average of six audits annually by Medical and Pharmaceutical OEMs
  • Class 100,000 controlled environment
  • Regular validation including IQ/OQ/PQ
  • PFMEA risk analysis
  • Quality records are maintained a minimum of three years
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Logistics

We deliver, in more ways than one.

Getting your new product to you on time and on budget is essential, so we use EnterpriseIQ ERP software to keep our manufacturing as lean and agile as possible.

With our certified supplier program we know who we are working with and they know the quality and standards we demand for every customer so as to get their products to them on time, every time. And to ensure timely delivery, we accommodate both JIT and MRP requirements and use real-time production monitoring. Add to that our strategically located remote warehousing and you have a complete package that manages both cost and time.

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TEQuote+

We don’t just work with great partners, we make it easy for you to work with them too.

With TEQuote+ you can be assured that each and every aspect of your job has been designed to work together seamlessly and is backed by an unmatched level of experience and expertise. 

A TEQuote+ quote includes everything you need to bring your project from concept to completionall in one place. Whether you need packaging engineering, standards compliance consultation, pre-press design services or even fulfillment and distribution services, we’ll do the legwork for you and present you with a turnkey quote customized to your needssaving you time, money and hassle.

From our relationship with manufacturers of superior thermoforming equipment, Kiefel Technologies, to our partnership with premier tray sealing system manufacturers, to our work with packaging and printing industry leaders, Outlook Group, you can rest assured knowing you'll find everything you're looking for with TEQ. 

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  • Cost-savings
  • Sustainability solutions
  • On-site clean room management
  • Lean supply chain management
  • ISO 11607 compliance
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