How to Choose the Right Cartoner for Your Business
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A cartoner can revolutionize your production line and make packaging your products almost effortless. Cartoners come in both manual and automatic loading varieties, with both horizontal and vertical loading possible. When purchased new, cartoners are often custom-built for a specific business and its needs.

Purchasing new production machinery is never cheap, but justifying the expense of a new cartoner is pretty easy. The time and resources saved by automating packaging processes will pay for the cartoner many times over. Since it is a large purchase, you’ll want to do some due diligence before placing an order. Purchasing the wrong equipment can be costly and time-consuming. Before you buy a new cartoner, be sure to:

  • Establish a budget.

Knowing that a new cartoner will help cut costs by reducing material waste and freeing up employee time and labor, think about what you can reasonably spend up-front. To do this, you must know your current packaging costs down to each piece of cardboard. Then consider what return on investment you are expecting of the new equipment. These figures will help you narrow down a budget and be sure you’re getting the most for your money.

  • Know your present needs and anticipate your future ones.

You may only have one product right now, but if your dreams are to add to your product line anytime soon, you need to consider what packaging needs you will have with the other products. Purchasing a cartoner that can handle all of your product packagings is cost-effective and will increase production. Also, consider extra features such as taping or automatic loading. Are these necessary for your product packaging? Would automatic packing make sense for your product? Do you even want the package sealed by the cartoner? Consider all this and more when selecting the best cartoner for your needs, both present, and future.

  • Vet suppliers thoroughly.

You wouldn’t spend thousands of dollars on a new car without knowing something about the manufacturer first, and business equipment investments should be no different. Once you’re down to a shortlist of potential suppliers, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get as much information as you possibly can about the company. How much experience do they have in your industry? What do their online reviews look like? Do they have an online presence or storefront only? Are they easy to contact? Do they warranty their equipment? The list of questions can go on and on. Your best bet is to come up with a list of essential questions that you intend to ask of each potential supplier. That way, when it’s time to compare them all, you’re comparing apples to apples. Trust your gut on this one. If you get any feeling a supplier is dishonest or unethical, run the other way.

Purchasing new business equipment is always a big deal. Here at Econocorp, we have the resources and expertise to build you a cartoner that meets your exact packaging needs, fits in your available space and fits your budget. We would love to show you what a new, modern cartoner could do to improve your business’ profitability. Call us at (781) 986-7500 to discuss your needs with a member of our knowledgeable sales team, and start the journey of improving your production line efficiency today!