Things You Should Know About Industrial Packaging!

Industrial Packaging

Packaging of industrial products is a part of today’s society. Just as readily as households and businesses have packaging material to keep food fresh, so do companies create certain packaging for items sold.

This post is an introduction to the basics of the industry that covers a range of subjects including what packaging materials are made from, what containers they can be packaged into, and how to avoid damaging your product during shipping.

It will also cover the greening of the industry by answering questions about alternative methods of packing products in place of plastics like bubble wrap or apple boxes.

Here are things you should know about industrial packaging.

1. Industrial packaging is an effective way to ship goods

Industrial packaging is one of many ways to ship goods effectively. Some companies will have their products shipped in bubble wrap, others will use boxes and containers, while some still have crates. All of these can be effective ways to pack items and get them to their destination safely, but a good starting point for its use is always made from a plasticized material such as polystyrene or polypropylene. This is because it has the least amount of bulk and works well to absorb any shock that the item may receive.

Some plastics will have composites added to increase their strength. The most common is polystyrene, which has some carbon fiber added, but those materials are still relatively brittle and can break if they are mishandled or dropped. Packaging solutions such as these are often used when a company wants a product to be shipped in a sturdy box that can handle shipping without causing damage.

2. Industrial packaging is designed for the durability and protection of goods

The purpose of industrial packaging is to protect the product from damage and get it delivered in the same condition it was when it left its origin. This includes preventing any damage from being done to the product or to the box that it is shipped in. There are several different methods that companies use to get this done, but they typically center around either a single-step solution or a combination of steps.

Companies may just opt to use one type of industrial packaging such as polystyrene for all products. Polystyrene is cheap and lightweight, which makes it a great choice for packing items. It can also be molded into shapes that fit together with other pieces to form a container that holds the product without much space. While this is an effective solution, it is not always the most cost-effective one. These containers are expensive when you have to order them in bulk because they can only be used once before they need to be discarded.

3. Industrial packaging design depends on product content, size, weight, and destination

Companies often use the internet to order their containers, but they typically do not have an unlimited range to pick from. You usually have a few options to choose from, with some companies having more than others. So if your product is large, heavy, or comes in large quantities you may have fewer packaging options than someone who has a small item that can be shipped in something like a bubble mailer.

When picking your industrial packaging you need to include several other factors as well. For example, some companies will want the packaging to be waterproof in which case you need to make sure that the product you are shipping is protected from moisture. Other companies will want a package that is only semi-transparent such as polypropylene, while others may prefer something with no transparency at all such as polyethylene.

4. Industrial packaging must withstand harsh environments

Industrial packaging may be made from a variety of different materials, but they still must stand up to the elements it will face during shipping. For example, some companies that use wood for their products will want to stack them on top of each other when they are being transported. This can cause some bending or warping of the wood and reduce its effectiveness as an industrial packaging solution as a result.

You also have to worry about moisture and weather when you are using certain materials like cardboard. Moisture can cause the cardboard to get wet, and in turn cause it to start molding. This may cause the cardboard to become an unsuitable environment for your product, which will make it less desirable for shipping companies and customers.

Benefits Of Using Industry-Grade Bulk Bags

Industry-grade bags are designed to hold up against rougher environments and withstand the stress of being loaded and unloaded by machines. They can be used for any number of products requiring storage or transport, including cartons, crates, pallets, and other large items.

Industry bags also have to be manufactured at a high enough quality that they can resist tearing or leaking while holding the items inside. This is often done with reinforced material like high-density polyethylene or polypropylene fabric.

Industry bags are also used for special purposes. Some companies will use them for shipping goods that they know may get damaged during transportation. For example, if the product is delicate or made of glass, it might be better to use industry bags rather than damage that item further.

Another common use is when customers are sending their own products through the postal system. Many people choose to put their items in an industry container rather than pay more money for a specialized one from the company that has their product and needs to ship it out.

In Conclusion

Industry and industrial packaging are an important part of many businesses and should be taken seriously. Many companies use the internet to look for a wide variety of different options, but some will want their own containers that they can customize.

If this sounds like something you are interested in, then you should consider industrial packaging firms in your area. Some companies have design teams who will work with you to develop the best solution for your needs.

Article and permission to publish here provided by Chiranjit Sinha. Originally written for Supply Chain Game Changer and published on July 19, 2023.

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