Crafting a flawless box takes skill and attention to detail: it is truly a work of art! A perfect box can help you to reach your desired audience. Let’s dig deeper and explore the intricate manufacturing process!
Packaging Manufacturing Process
Here are the steps in which the manufacturing process falls:
- Producing Artwork
- CTP Plates
- Stock Selection
The very first step that falls into the manufacturing of custom boxes is the client’s artwork, also referred to as the design.
The artwork must be carefully crafted to ensure a smooth transition from the client’s vision to the manufactured box. All necessary changes are made to ensure accuracy and a perfect fit.
Once the artwork is finalized, then the very next step is to make CTP Plates, which later help with the printing process.
The plates are imaged with the design or artwork, which is then transferred to the packaging material through the printing process.
Following the creation of CTP plates, the next step that can be taken to begin the manufacturing process is to determine what type of stock will be used by packaging companies.
The selection of stock depends on two factors: what the client requests and how much the product weighs, or what its requirements are.
Considering that packaging material is the most important aspect of any box, it deserves a deeper examination when it is manufactured as a custom package.
The printing process for manufacturing custom boxes may vary depending on the specific requirements of the customer and the printing method used.
A variety of printing techniques are available for printing artwork depending on the design you want to incorporate into your packaging. Here are the printing options from which you can select
- Offset Printing
- Screen Printing
The next step that is involved in the packaging process is “Lamination.” The lamination process improves the durability, strength, and appearance of packaging materials.
There are mainly three types of lamination that goes well in packaging, such as
- Matte Lamination
- Gloss Lamination
- Soft Touch Lamination
Each lamination has certain characteristics that set it apart from the others. The selection of lamination totally depends on the demand of the client.
In lamination, the lamination sheet and packaging material are brought together and passed through heated rollers, which apply pressure to bond the materials together. This process creates a strong and durable laminated material.
After lamination, the material may undergo additional finishing processes, such as embossing & debossing.
Die-making refers to producing a die, an essential component of the whole box design process. A die line is a packaging structure template or outline showing where the box or package should be folded, cut, or scored.
Custom die lines are unique and specific to a particular packaging design. They are often created to ensure the packaging fits the product precisely and provides adequate protection during shipping and handling.
In packaging, die-cutting creates custom designs and shapes on cardboard, paperboard, or corrugated. Die-cutting can create desired shapes or designs using specialized tools known as dies.
The die-cutting process involves placing a die onto the material, and the cutting machine applies pressure to the die, cutting the design into the packaging material. The machine can be adjusted to control the depth and precision of the cut.
Binding is the last stage of manufacturing, which involves the construction of boxes. The box is appropriately folded at this stage of the manufacturing process, and it will then be glued at the end of the process.
In my role as a senior editor at TBP, I focus on packaging & printing technique. My research endeavors are aimed at gaining more knowledge about the packaging industry.