There are some essential activities that are not very well known just yet, and this also happens to be the production activities within a paper converting company.
Every day we all use products made of paper, cardstock and cardboard, yet we often do not know what the steps are that lead from finding the material to the realization of the finished product and the food packaging design.
Paper converting companies and the paper industry: the differences
The first element that must be clarified concerns the difference between the activity of a paper converting company and that of the paper industry.
The first one deals with the processing and transformation of paper and cardboard, to bring these materials to become objects of daily use.
Therefore, in a company of this type, semi-finished products that come from paper mills will be used as raw materials.
And herein lies the difference with the paper mill: this, in fact, provides companies with the raw materials that can be used to get to the finished product.
The stages of processing in a paper converting company specialised in food packaging
After understanding what the essential role of these companies is, it will now be necessary to see what the different stages of processing are expecially in those companies specialised in food packaging manufacturing.
Obviously, the preliminary step with respect to the activity of the company that deals with paper will be that of food packaging, for industries or for shops. The design, in fact, will allow for a project that will be subsequently developed by the company itself.
The processing steps of food packagings that can be found in a company that deals with paper will certainly be the following:
- The set-up
- The assembly
- The gluing
- Creasing and folding
Lamination, as its name indicates, involves joining several sheets in order to create a final sheet that has a greater thickness. Depending on the product (bag, box, and so on), there may be two or more sheets.
Subsequently there will be the preparation, a procedure with which the peeling of a semi-finished product will be carried out in order to prepare it for the next phase.
In fact, at this point we will move on to die-cutting, a phase in which the paper support is cut using a model that, in fact, is called a die. The die is a mold and can vary a lot depending on the product to be made.
We will then move on to assembly, a phase in which the parts of the product that need to be glued together will be joined; for this reason, the gluing phase will also be found in the assembly.
Finally, you have creasing and folding; these processes are carried out at the end of the production process and consist in the softening of the paper (creasing) to allow the final folding.
As you can see, therefore, the activity of a paper converting company is very complex, yet necessary for many sectors.
The art of paper converting and its uses
The products that come from paper converting companies, therefore, are present in many sectors such as food, retail, cosmetics. These are, in fact, products made with paper and cardboard, from food packagings to packaging containers, to shopping bags, up to the exhibitions that are found in many shops and shop windows.
Furthermore, in recent years paper converting activities have been expanding more and more, also including the production of furniture and objects for the home.