For many companies, selecting a packaging materials supplier can be a daunting experience, mainly because most manufacturers are unaware of the complexity involved in modern packaging. Whether you are a small to mid-sized company venturing into new product packaging or a large, established organization looking to change suppliers, the research process of finding the right supplier is pretty similar. This post will help provide insight on what to consider when trying to find a packaging materials supplier as well as the right questions to ask when speaking with sales representatives.
Industrial production and manufacturing as a whole has seen a steady uptick in demand and revenue forecasts since the start of 2015. This steady increase has created many growth opportunities for manufacturing and packaging plants alike. This growth is the result of companies considering new lines of products or ramping up production of existing lines. Either way, expansion of facilities is often the best way – or the only way – to achieve business objectives and keep up with demand.
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Reliability is a key component when choosing any kind of machinery or mechanical device. When hundreds of thousands of products and a business’ entire distribution process is on the line, reliability becomes even more important. Considering which machines or manufacturers are the best is a subjective process. What is best can mean one thing for a smaller business and something very different for a larger one. Best can also mean different things depending on your specific packaging needs, regardless of volume.
Advances in technology are often the driving forces behind businesses’ improved efficiencies and competitive advantages. In nearly every industry in the world, technological innovation separates businesses from their competitors and ultimately pushes the entire industry forward – forcing all companies to adapt or risk irrelevance.
Let’s say you bought the highest-quality shrink film money can buy and stored it away for future use. On a scale of one to 10, how upset would you be if it became unusable or deteriorated into the worst shrink film money could buy? No matter how high-quality the packaging material is, you must take proper precautions when storing it.
No plant can streamline its operations and maximize its efficiency without preventative maintenance and planned shutdowns. Of course, you have to develop an optimal plan to make the most of a such a project. Temporarily shutting down your plant or factory can be very expensive, whether it was planned for two years or due to an emergency. Yet studies have demonstrated that the short-term expenses are more than offset by improved plant efficiency and operations, including lower energy use and markedly fewer unexpected mechanical failures.