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Choosing the right packaging for your manufacturing operation

Are you a manufacturer?

In the manufacturing industry packaging is an essential, but often overlooked, part of the supply chain.

In fact, if you’re not giving your packaging the attention it needs, it could have consequences that cost you money and negatively impact your reputation.

Take product damage as an example, packaging is your first line of defence when it comes to minimising this. You don’t want the expense of replacements and reverse logistics can mount up! You can avoid these costs if your packaging is spot on.

So, what kind of things should you consider when choosing your packaging?

Product weight

If you’re shipping heavy items, your packaging will need to be able to withstand the weight. So, you might consider things like wooden crates or tri-wall boxes. If your product is lighter or needs less protection, you can make savings by downgrading packaging specifications.

If product weight is a concern for you, you can also check out our blog about shipping heavy items for more hints and tips.

Product protection and integrity

Are your products fragile or do they require surface protection? You need to make sure they’re secured in transit with packaging that absorbs impacts or braces your goods in position.

This is especially important if you’re in the automotive or aerospace sectors, where even the smallest imperfection can mean your goods are rejected on delivery.

Industry specific requirements

You’ll need to consider if your products must be packaged in industry standard materials . You also might need to think about industry specific threats.

For example, if you’re manufacturing electronics, you’ll need anti-static packaging. Alternatively, if you’re producing metal goods, you might need to consider packaging that has anti-corrosion properties to minimise deterioration in transit or storage. Likewise, if you’re making food products, your packaging may need to be stored in a food safe environment.

Operational efficiency

To optimise your supply chain, you need to invest in packaging products and packing stations that support your goals. If you work in a high-volume manufacturing environment, packaging automation could reduce your handling and down time – contributing to your overall efficiency.

Even where you store your packaging can have an impact on how quickly you’re getting your goods out of the door!

Help from industrial packaging experts

Click here to download our industrial packaging brochure for more information about our services for the manufacturing industry.

We’ve been working with Midlands manufacturers for over 20 years. Our experts can help you develop complete packaging solutions that will save you time and money, as well as protect your business. Call us on 01902 496 666, email us or complete our contact form today to book time with our team.