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Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020

March 9, 2021 5:25 pm Published by Comments Off on Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020

We confirm we have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 - Five Steps of Safer Working Together.


Investment in Solidworks Inspection Software

March 11, 2021 9:49 am Published by Comments Off on Investment in Solidworks Inspection Software

In the Autumn of 2018, Bridgewood UK revealed that we had invested in the Tebis V4 Software suite to streamline our manufacturing process of high quality plastic parts. We identified the software as key to improving our new product development process, and after 18 months of use, we are delighted with the benefits this new technology has delivered in reduced production times and higher quality parts.


CAD / CAM optimisation delivers efficiency and quality in the manufacturing of high-quality plastic parts

March 11, 2021 9:34 am Published by Comments Off on CAD / CAM optimisation delivers efficiency and quality in the manufacturing of high-quality plastic parts

Bridgewood UK are experts in the design, development and manufacture of innovative thermoformed plastic components and parts. Operating from their site close to the iconic Humber Bridge near Hull for over 30 years, their modern 100,000 square foot facility includes a range of cutting-edge vacuum forming and CNC trimming machinery, along with composite moulding and sub-assembly facilities. Bridgewood design and produce plastic components for clients based both here in the UK and internationally.


How environmental awareness benefits our business

March 10, 2021 5:15 pm Published by Comments Off on How environmental awareness benefits our business

Eco credentials have never been more important for British businesses. It makes sense for companies to invest in being environmentally aware, not only from a financial point of view, but also in both ethical and practical terms.


Bridgewood reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions

March 9, 2021 5:21 pm Published by Comments Off on Bridgewood reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions

During the Autumn of 2016, with energy costs escalating and long term business objectives to reduce their carbon footprint, Bridgewood began to look at ways of lowering energy consumption and reducing carbon emissions.


Why thermoforming is the right process for applications in agricultural machinery

March 10, 2021 5:05 pm Published by Comments Off on Why thermoforming is the right process for applications in agricultural machinery

Agriculture is just one of many sectors that is recognising the benefits of using thermoformed plastic parts . The long-lasting, hard wearing properties of these components are ideal for this type of application, so it's hardly surprising that they feature in so many agricultural environments.


The drape forming process explained

March 10, 2021 5:03 pm Published by Comments Off on The drape forming process explained

Drape forming is a highly specialised process, typically used for plastic components where a gentle curve or shaping is required. It’s imperative to have the right equipment to hand, as well as following the proper drape forming process to ensure the finished products are up to the required standard.


Vacuum forming finishing and trimming methods compared

March 10, 2021 4:21 pm Published by Comments Off on Vacuum forming finishing and trimming methods compared

Choosing the right trimming and finishing method is essential for the vacuum forming process. Failure to select the right one can affect the overall quality of the component, its longevity and ultimately how effective it is at doing the job for which it was intended. Having an understanding of different trimming methods can ensure customers are better informed when choosing a manufacturer of vacuum-formed components. After all, a company that doesn't offer a tailored solution is unlikely to deliver to the required standard.


Bridgewood’s H&S safety precautions increased by the introduction of JetBlack cleaning stations

March 10, 2021 4:17 pm Published by Comments Off on Bridgewood’s H&S safety precautions increased by the introduction of JetBlack cleaning stations

Bridgewood UK utilises a range of vacuum forming, polyurethane reinforcement and composite moulding processes in conjunction with an array of materials to manufacture components and assemblies for a wide range of applications and markets. For example they vacuum form parts for products such as shower units for caravans, and body parts for various commercial vehicles.


Design guidelines for vacuum forming plastic parts

March 11, 2021 9:28 am Published by Comments Off on Design guidelines for vacuum forming plastic parts

The cost-effective nature of vacuum forming (thermoforming) is what makes this process the production method of choice for many plastics component manufacturers. However, as with any complex processes, it's essential to follow each stage accordingly to ensure the quality of the final product. In this guide we aim to offer advice on design issues that need to be considered when designing plastic parts that are to be vacuum formed.


Frequently asked questions about vacuum forming

March 10, 2021 4:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Frequently asked questions about vacuum forming

As the UK's leading vacuum forming specialists we have over 30 years of technical capability and are experts in using vacuum forming to make plastic parts that are durable, attractive and cost effective. We are asked for advice on all aspects of thermoforming and vacuum forming so we've pulled together the most frequently asked questions and their answers in this article.


Why thermoforming is the right process for applications in construction equipment

March 10, 2021 3:44 pm Published by Comments Off on Why thermoforming is the right process for applications in construction equipment

Thermoforming has a wide range of applications in many different industries, but it is rapidly becoming the best process for construction equipment, producing high quality plastic parts that last longer and look great.


The advantages of thermoforming

March 10, 2021 3:25 pm Published by Comments Off on The advantages of thermoforming

Thermoforming is a huge part of the service we provide and the term is something you'll see mentioned regularly across our website. Read on to find out more about exactly what it is, how the process works and what materials are used, the advantages and applications, and our expertise in this very specific area of forming plastic parts and products.


Vacuum formed products & applications

March 10, 2021 3:18 pm Published by Comments Off on Vacuum formed products & applications

It's likely that many of the plastic products you come across in everyday life have been made using vacuum forming, a thermoforming process that we at Bridgewood UK specialise in. In this blog post we look at just some of the industries that take advantage of vacuum forming in order to produce attractive, cost effective and highly durable plastic products.


Bridgewood UK creates 20 new jobs and targets overseas sales

March 9, 2021 4:17 pm Published by Comments Off on Bridgewood UK creates 20 new jobs and targets overseas sales

As leading suppliers of engineered plastic components, here at Bridgewood UK we are to significantly increase our workforce to cope with growing demand for our services, following £1 million in funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial.


Vacuum forming tooling design

March 11, 2021 9:17 am Published by Comments Off on Vacuum forming tooling design

Tool (or mould) design is a very important part of vacuum forming as it can mean the difference between a defective part, and one that is high quality and works well. No matter how good the vacuum forming process and how robust the material, if the tool itself isn't properly designed the part simply won't come out right.


Vacuum formed wind turbine parts

March 10, 2021 2:31 pm Published by Comments Off on Vacuum formed wind turbine parts

A blustery day is a common occurrence here in the UK, so it's not surprising that this country is considered to be the best location for wind power in Europe and is ranked as the sixth largest producer of wind power in the world! So where are all of these wind turbines coming from, and who's making all of the parts?


An introduction to the vacuum forming process

March 10, 2021 1:51 pm Published by Comments Off on An introduction to the vacuum forming process

Vacuum forming is a thermoforming process in which a plastic sheet is heated to the desired temperature, and then moulded to a three-dimensional shape using vacuum technology and compressed air.


Vacuum forming materials – thermoplastics

March 9, 2021 5:42 pm Published by Comments Off on Vacuum forming materials – thermoplastics

In our recent blog post giving an introduction to the vacuum forming process we covered each stage of how plastic products are made using vacuum forming. In this post we will be giving an overview of which plastic materials are suitable for vacuum forming and the individual characteristics of each.


Vacuum forming machinery investment

March 9, 2021 3:56 pm Published by Comments Off on Vacuum forming machinery investment

Bridgewood have taken delivery of a bespoke large area vacuum forming machine to meet the demands of their growing business. The machine has been custom designed & built to meet Bridgewood’s specific requirements for a major new project.


Vending machine panel assemblies

March 9, 2021 5:35 pm Published by Comments Off on Vending machine panel assemblies

Bridgewood have developed a number of thermoformed vending machine front panel assemblies for an international manufacturer of bespoke beverage vending machines. The new designs incorporate a contrasting range of thermoformable plastic sheet materials.


Innovative shower cubicles

March 11, 2021 9:10 am Published by Comments Off on Innovative shower cubicles

Bridgewood have launched an innovative range of shower solutions for their Holiday Home, Touring Caravan & Motor Home customers.


Vertical farming

March 11, 2021 9:07 am Published by Comments Off on Vertical farming

Bridgewood have developed a unique design of growing tray for an international supplier of vertical growing systems.


Tough and durable thermoplastic Olefins

March 9, 2021 5:31 pm Published by Comments Off on Tough and durable thermoplastic Olefins

Bridgewood have developed a number of thermoformed exterior panel applications for an International manufacturer of earthmoving equipment with a new engineering plastic that offers some unique benefits.