When a manufacturer has made their product, their product must be packaged in the right packaging material to ensure it reaches the consumer or another company safely and freshly.
No matter what industry you're in, whether you're in the technology industry making TVs and other electronic equipment where products are fragile and need protection, your manufacturing clothes or you're in the food industry where the food must stay fresh until it's used.
Choosing the right packaging type is critical for any industry. If the product is received by the consumer either damaged, as for a TV, or not fresh, as in food supplies, then the company will be inundated with complaints and significant loss of business.
For the final packaging, where products are put into a cardboard box, having an efficient Case Erector along with a high-quality taping machine will ensure maximum manufacturing output and provide maximum protection. This ensures the product stays in its original condition as it was when it left the production line.
Packaging will vary from industry to industry, depending on the production quantity, how fragile the product is and the supply chain the product is being delivered into. Although different sectors use different packaging types, the main objective still has to be met, which is to keep the product safe.
I'm sure most manufacturing companies would agree, one of the main functions of successfully shipping product to the market is ensuring it arrives in the same condition as when it left the manufacturing facility.
Cardboard is typically used when the product is already packaged and protected in its individual packaging. Cardboard boxes are in various forms, from thin or thicker cardboard and corrugated cardboard.
Corrugated cardboard is a smart manufacturing process that considerably strengthens the overall cardboard box. Cardboard is also extremely recyclable, which makes it popular for many companies adhering to environmental policies.
Along with cardboard, bubble wrap can be used as a softer approach to add protection. Once the product has been put into the cardboard box, a taping machine is used to seal the boxes ready for transit.
Foam is typically used where additional protection is required and where the product may not be uniform, i.e. it's a strange shape, such as furniture, electronic products or glass items. Foam packaging is generally custom-made to ensure it fits snug around the product.
Plastic is extremely versatile as it's lightweight, easy to manufacture custom shapes and extremely rugged. For this reason, plastic packaging is used extensively for food products.
In the manufacturing process, different types of resin are used to make the plastic either more rigid or more flexible depending on the product that your packaging.
Flexible plastic bottles would be in the form of a milk carton, whereas rigid plastic packaging would be used for food cartons or other plastic trays.
Glass is mainly used in the food industry to preserve food to keep fresh, such as pickles, oils, jams and honey.
Glass is typically used in high manufacturing processes, is generally easy-to-use and can easily be recycled.
Metal Or Aluminium Packaging
Metal or aluminium is typically used within the food industry for tinned or canned food, such as baked beans, soups, fish, sweetcorn and more.
Creating a metal or aluminium can is used in high manufacturing processes as there is usually a long setup time, which costs money, before production can begin.
One last packaging product to consider is a carrier bag. After the product is purchased, it's put into a carrier bag to be taken home by the consumer.