- 7th July 2017
- Posted by: rpadmin
- Category: Manufacturing
When you’re focusing on the quality of the product, you need simple product packaging solutions that take the stress away and allows you to concentrate on the central aspect; your product.
1. Flat pack solutions
Flat pack furniture came about when a Swedish draughtsman had to unscrew the legs off a table to fit it into his car. The experience made him wonder about developing a system where furniture could be manufactured in a kit form. The Swedish legacy lives in one of the largest flatpack furniture retailers that have stores across the globe. While the concept of flat pack relates to the design and manufacture of the furniture, it has generated an entirely new process in packaging. Flat pack furniture comes unassembled. It is therefore packaged with sometimes hundreds of small bits and pieces as part of the greater package.
This has led to the necessity for product specific flat pack packaging, where the goods are packaged as tightly and with as much space economy as possible. The consequence is that people can fit an entire bedroom’s furniture into the back of their car. The need to design boxes that fit into boxes to take advantage of all interior space came with the advent of flat packed products, and innovative furniture packaging has led to the development of newer solutions. These solutions, however, have not left the flat pack in the corridors of obsolescence. It could be argued that the special economics of flat pack packaging is the grandparent of modern compact packaging solutions.
When retailing larger products particularly, furniture flatpack makes storage and sales implementation a dream.
2. Automated solutions
Automated packaging comes in all different shapes and sizes and can be varied depending on your requirements. This type of packaging can be used for both perishable and non-perishable products, but is also useful, with small furniture items. Flatpack designs have now become so flexible that they form part of automated packaging systems. While flat packing is an innovative packaging method, it marries well with automation to offer an easy production line solution in manufacturing. While automated packaging saves time, it is the precursor to what has become the packaging method of preference in large warehousing operations – on demand packaging.
In situations where a business warehouses its stock, automating the packaging process makes sense. There are times when combining one other or all of the methods mentioned in this post can form part of the automation process and automation makes sense, particularly when running a twenty-four-hour operation.
When a product line can be assembled in a uniform size and shape, automated packaging usually makes sense. It must be noted however that automated and on-demand packaging are two different processes.
3. On-demand product packaging solutions
On-demand packaging is probably one of the most versatile and innovative product packaging solutions developed yet. On-demand machines package, according to the size and shape of the products placed on the device. In other words, every product can be different, and the machine will wrap the item according to its weight and dimensions. Apart from saving space in transit, this type of packaging saves time and labour costs. The on-demand packaging also means that items can be packaged when and where the warehouse wants it to happen.
On-demand machines will build the custom packaging for a particular product in real time, saving storage space, packaging materials and make reverse logistics a much easier process – the perfect packing solution.
4. Hexacomb packaging
Hexacomb packaging is extremely lightweight cardboard packaging constructed with a typical honeycomb design. The honeycomb design provides immense strength while reducing the amount of weight that conventional strips of packaging would to the end product. When products such as furniture are heavy, this product has done its duty to reduce even more potential weight to the fully packaged product. This packaging can also be cut and shaped to snugly fit into vulnerable furniture parts keeping them safe in transit.
This kind of packaging usually forms part of a greater product packaging solutions strategy and demonstrates a solution for otherwise difficult items to ship.
5. Protective packaging
Protective product packaging solutions come in a variety of shapes and forms. It is most commonly identified as packaging that is designed to fit over sharp corners of furniture such as on tables and cabinets. Often surface protection is also provided for polished wooden tables. In the past, polystyrene was consistently used for its protective packaging properties, however, as environmental factors have become a consideration, it is now more common to see these packaging products made with recyclable corrugated cardboard.
These pieces of additional protective packaging not only serve as protection for the item to which they are attached but also as a safety precaution to prevent damage to vulnerable items that are transported with them.
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