Packing Should Be Easy

When project managers look at their supply chain they are forced to prioritize the things they focus their time on and often packaging can be relegated to the bottom of the list.

Packaging decisions are often made purely on the basis of price-what’s the most cost effective way to ensure the maximum amount of product arrives at its destination undamaged. Rarely is the actual process of packaging your products taken into account. Packing peanuts or multiple layers of paper may be cheap, but how much time are your people spending filling boxes with layers of cushioning? How much time is lost positioning your items so they sit securely in your chosen pack? How much valuable floor space is taken by bags and boxes of packaging material or foam-in-place equipment?

FiberCel separates itself from traditional packagers by taking a practical approach to design; taking our 40 plus years of experience working with molded pulp and focusing on a design that will result in the greatest packagability. By analyzing how your product will actually be handled and loaded we are able to come up with a design that eases use and increases packing speed, this can lead to an overall increase in speed in your production and a possible cost-savings.

Contact us to start getting the most out of your packaging today.

Experience + Stability = Savings

If you’ve been following these posts you know that molded pulp has emerged as a leading material for cushioning in the electronic, consumer, and high volume industrial products space. You are surely aware of its ability to absorb impact energy in a manner that can be up to three times more effective than EPS alternatives. You may also know that at 50% nestability and warehouse footprint of only 4x4, it is an excellent fit for lean manufacturing facilities. Knowing all of that, have you sat back and thought of how 40 years of experience in the designing and manufacturing high performance cushioning can result in savings across the board?

Engineering is extremely critical in the packaging industry. Before we can start manufacturing a packaging solution for you, we need to design it. When project managers think about design they often envision a very time-consuming, expensive process. Here at FiberCel we’ve taken our years of experience and developed a tooling approach that significantly reduces design time. Our experienced engineering team is able to design and test a 3D model and then quickly produce a real-world prototype using CNC machines. Once a package has been thoroughly tested we build the final tool resulting in a more complete and functional solution in your hands and ready to pack quickly.

Combine that quick turnaround from concept to delivery with the steady material costs of wood and water and add in the labor savings you see on your floor when cushioning is designed for function and packagability and you are looking at a significant savings over the life of your product lines.

Contact us today to find out how FiberCel can help lower your costs and increase efficiency of your packaging.

Value Through Holistic Design

For many project managers internal cushioning is a necessary evil, relegated to an afterthought, set up initially and rarely revisited. For many industries the solution for protecting a larger or irregularly shaped part is simply to increase the amount of packaging, whether it’s packing peanuts, Foam-in-place, corrugated, etc… Here at FiberCel we use top notch engineering to design for packagability; increasing protection with the ideal amount of material. This innovative approach to cushioning design results in a final product that is easier to use in your facility and provides superior protection for your products.

Increasing effectiveness of your shipping protection decreases incidents of damage and can convert packaging from a necessary expense to an element of your supply chain that provides value.

When reevaluating your internal packaging and cushioning, the FiberCel approach is most effective when we can work with the product in its current pack. Taking a holistic approach, not just seeing the part itself but how it goes into and comes out of its pack, how it stacks for transport, etc… allows us to think outside the box and provide a complete engineered solution to your packaging needs.

FiberCel is able to provide superior cushioning performance with a light weight material that can eliminate surface scuffing. Molded Pulp is a durable, recyclable, volume-efficient packaging solution that in many cases can reduce labor costs for handling by up to 15%. Contact us today to find out how FiberCel can help lower your costs through superior design.

Service, Quality, Continuous Business

Operating your workflow at peak efficiency is the primary goal of any project manager. Avoiding slowdowns and work stoppages is a key component of that goal. Delays at any step of the process reverberate throughout the supply chain leading to headaches and lost business.

For more than 40 years FiberCel has continuously provided high-performance, protective packaging to customers across multiple industries. As a pioneer in molded pulp packaging, we have gained knowledge and experience over the years that puts us in a unique position to provide high quality complex products quickly. Our continuous focus on quality processes and a dedication to solving complex problems through superior engineering puts us in a class by ourselves for quality and service.

Our longevity allows us to build strong relationships with our clients. When dealing with custom packaging; communication, collaboration and trust are key to developing the most effective cushioning efficiently. Working closely with our clients we have been able to decrease rates of product damage, increase packability as well as remove more than 5,000 tons of material from the solid waste stream due to molded pulp’s 100% scalability.

Find out how you can increase packaging performance and find a longstanding partner you can trust with FiberCel Molded Pulp today!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s and Go Green with FiberCel

There’s an assumption in corners of the manufacturing world that incorporating environmentally friendly processes onto their work floor requires costly investment in new equipment and a lengthy training and calibration process to optimize it to your environment. With more than 40 years’ experience providing packaging for manufacturers we understand that every additional step complicates the process and adds cost to the final product. Because of this, manufacturers are always looking for a more efficient way to operate. As a result, many manufacturers are already going greener without even realizing it.

Lean manufacturing not only lowers costs and increases efficiency, but with the support of FiberCel’s engineering experience, Slush molded pulp (also known as ‘thick wall’) capitalizes on the unique design strengths of recycled materials to form a packaging solution that often results in a simplified packing process that in many cases can reduce labor costs for handling by up to 10%.

FiberCel is a pioneer in manufacturing durable, recyclable, volume-efficient packaging solutions that are made from two of our most renewable resources; wood and water. Easy access to raw materials means we are able to reduce the overhead that makes up the cost base for traditional packaging providers. At 50% nest-ability and an average warehouse footprint of 4x4, you are able to ship and store more cushioning that will take up less space on your manufacturing floor when you work with molded pulp.

Renewable packaging made from Molded Pulp eliminates more than 5,000 tons of material from the solid waste stream annually, that makes our process as green as St. Patrick’s day!

Find out how you can lower environmental impact and increase packaging performance with FiberCel Molded Pulp today!

The Versatility of Molded Pulp

In the early days of molded pulp packaging, the material was known for its excellent protection of delicate items like lightbulbs and produce. But as a pioneer in use of molded pulp for cushioning, we at FiberCel have more than 40 years of experience designing molded pulp cushioning for products in the electronic, consumer, and high volume industrial products space. From fragile glass bottles used in medical applications, to engine components and HVAC units, we have used molded pulp to successfully protect a wide range of products in transit.

When compared to traditional cushioning materials like Foam-in-place and EPS, Thick-wall molded pulp is soft and flexible; this flexibility, coupled with strong design, allows molded pulp to absorb impact energy in a manner that can be three times more effective than EPS alternatives.

Molded pulp not only provides superior cushioning when compared to traditional materials, it can reduce weight and for materials that are especially susceptible to scratches, we offer water-soluble coatings that can help eliminate surface scuffing.

FiberCel packaging is made from 100% recycled molded pulp Designed for stackability to decrease shipping and storage space needs, it is a durable, recyclable, volume-efficient packaging solution that in many cases can reduce labor costs for handling by up to 10%. Contact us today to find out how FiberCel can help lower your costs through superior design.

Increasing value through ‘packagability’

When you engage with a new packaging partner you may be tempted to go with a supplier who promises to copy your current internal cushioning solution at a slightly lower cost. Many suppliers will request you send them a drawing of the item and packaging, maybe they’ll request a picture of the product for reference and with that they’re off to churn through as many orders as possible. While we can execute from an image, when engaging with FiberCel, we prefer you send us the item in its current pack. This is because we know that simply reproducing your current pack in molded pulp form would cause you to miss out on the true value of molded pulp cushioning.

As a pioneer in the use of molded pulp for green packaging we are acutely aware of the ways to maximize strength and lower cost not only through using locally sourced, recycled materials, but by designing for “packagability”. Practical design that accounts for how your people will actually interact with the product allows you to package and ship in less time with less labor. Increasing the value gained from your current workforce allows you to lessen the impact of tooling cost and increase the value of your product.

We have more than 40 years of experience providing value and superior internal cushioning for our clients. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

What You Need, When You Need It

A large part of project management is logistics. Making sure people and parts are where they are supposed to be, when they are supposed to be there. Delays at any link in the supply chain have effects that ripple through the manufacturing process resulting in missed deadlines and a bad time for everyone involved.

At FiberCel we understand that executing your plan quickly and correctly is the key to successful supply. Every step of our process is designed to help you get your products protected and to the market on time. We've developed a new tooling approach that significantly reduces design costs, while still maintaining a consistent level of high quality and we can have a hush board prototype ready to test form and fit in as little as three weeks.

Between our headquarters in Portville NY and our additional manufacturing facility in Cookeville, TN We have the ability to produce the volume you need on schedule and in some cases, we can provide warehousing and staging, so you can relax knowing that your products will have the cushioning they need, when they need it.

You can rely on our 40+ years of experience as a pioneer in the use of 100% recyclable fiber to provide superior cushioning performance, eliminate surface scuffing, reduce weight and lower costs.

We are one of the fastest-growing packaging companies in the United States. Contact us today to discuss your packaging needs… you'll be glad you did!

True Cost of Freight

When evaluating partners in their supply chain, project managers traditionally look for the best provider the shortest distance from themselves. The longstanding logic is that close proximity lends itself to easy communication and fast shipping resulting in an overall cost savings.

It would be wonderful if life’s decisions were so straight forward, but there are a litany of factors that complicate the manufacturer/supplier relationship and when it comes down to it, supply chain cannot be dictated by logistics alone.

A product isn’t cost saving if you are forced to order large quantities that end up being lost to age and obsolescence. Inefficiently designed packaging can result in excess expense shipping what amounts to empty air. When a supplier has had your business for a significant amount of time there’s less incentive to double and triple check a product or order, especially when the material provider feels any mistakes can be remedied by sending over a few last second trucks. After all, your facilities are so close by…

FiberCel packaging, made from 100% recyclable molded pulp has been providing superior cushioning performance, eliminating surface scuffing all with a reduced weight and lower costs for more than 40 years. Our products are 50% nestable and present an average pallet footprint of 4 x 4. This means you can ship and store more packaging in less space than ever before making us a great compliment to lean manufacturers as well as the environmentally conscious. Our engineering experience coupled with our refined, repeatable manufacturing process mean s you are always getting packing that is up to your standards and be trusted to keep your product safe.

Call us today to how you can lower costs and increase packaging performance with FiberCel Molded Pulp!

The True Cost of Green Manufacturing

Major raw materials usually comprise more than half of the total cost base of a packaging manufacturer. The manufacturing world has been continually moving towards more efficient processes with lower environmental impact, because of this it has become extremely important, both to packaging producers and their customers, to reduce the amount of material used in the production of packaging.

For over 40 years, FiberCel has been a leader in high-performance, protective packaging manufactured from our two most renewable resources, wood and water. A pioneer in the use of 100% recyclable fiber, FiberCel has gone the extra mile to exceed all environmental criteria, eliminating over 5,000 tons of material from the solid waste stream annually.

Our dedication to environmentally friendly manufacturing extends to our customers, allowing us to help our clients with superior packaging design that maximizes protection with the fewest materials and offering scrap material removal that can be upcycled into more packaging.

Find out how you can lower environmental impact and increase packaging performance with FiberCel Molded Pulp today!

Lowering Costs and Going Green with Molded Pulp

In today’s market place there is a litany of options relating to internal packaging. With the ever growing importance of sustainability and increased regulation on recycling and waste, each material has its own benefits, but some have a higher upside than others.

Foam-In-Place is a specific handling of polyurethane foam where two liquid urethane chemicals mix together and expand to fill the external box and create a solid substrate. This chemical reaction results in a protective, hard, foam encasing. It’s highly versatile.

EPS is rigid, tough, closed-cell foam. It is usually white and made of pre-expanded polystyrene beads. It excels at ‘single impact’ protection

Slush Molded or ‘Thick Wall’ Pulp is typically made from recycled paperboard and/or newsprint. It can be engineered to conform to almost any application from glass bottles of hazardous materials, to replacement parts for freight trucks without the environmental cost, lack of reusability and hazardous material handling required for a Foam-In-Place solution; with a lower tooling cost than EPS and the ability to endure multiple impacts.

Here at FiberCel we are a pioneer in the use of 100% recyclable fiber; our packaging products annually eliminate over 5,000 tons of material from the solid waste stream. Find out how you can eliminate waste and increase packaging performance with FiberCel Molded Pulp today.

Cutting Costs through Design

Packaging is a necessary cost of moving products through the pipeline-so ensuring your packaging process is as efficient as possible should be a core concern of your business. There are costs associated with the creation, storage and implementation of packaging materials. Using a recyclable, slush molded pulp solution designed for superior packagability can help lower your overall packaging and handling expense.

A Great Fit for Lean Manufacturers Through innovative engineering, FiberCel is able to provide superior cushioning performance with a light weight material that can eliminate surface scuffing. At 50% nestability and a warehouse footprint of 4x4, you can bring in more cushioning with fewer shipments and store more of it in less space.

Using the SolidWorks platform, we are able to engineer solutions that can be applied to individual items as well as multipacks designed for stack-ability, allowing you to cut down on handling time and reduce wasted space in shipping.

Molded Pulp is a durable, recyclable, volume-efficient packaging solution that in many cases can reduce labor costs for handling by up to 10%. Contact us today to find out how FiberCel can help lower your costs through superior design.

Molded Pulp:
A legacy of Strong, Green Cushioning

Molded Pulp burst on the scene as packaging for delicate items like fluorescent light bulbs and produce, but in recent years it has emerged as a leading material for cushioning in the electronic, consumer, and high volume industrial products space. Because it is relatively soft and flexible, the paper fibers cushion these products and absorb impact energy in a manner that can be up to 3 times more effective than EPS alternatives. Advances in technology allow cushioning to be designed with more exact tolerances and the push for environmentally friendly packaging (molded pulp is made from both recyclable and recycled paper) has only fueled molded pulp’s growth in popularity. Slush molded pulp (also known as ‘thick wall’) capitalizes on the unique design strengths of recycled materials to form a packaging solution that often results in a simplified packing process and a total cost reduction. Find out how you can lower costs and increase packaging performance with FiberCel Molded Pulp today!