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The Top Challenges Facing Tube and Core Paper Manufacturers

Posted by Alan NeSmith on Jan 21, 2015, 8:15:00 AM

describe the imageFor tube and core paper manufacturers, one of the most common sources of frustration in work flow is dealing with wasted time and materials due to issues with the paper components they're using. 

With environmental concerns on many peoples' minds, the paper converting industry is especially conscious of reducing waste and using the most sustainable manufacturing processes to ensure a lower negative impact on the environment.

Here are some of the top challenges and solutions for tube and core paper manufacturers to consider before their next production job.

Challenge: Inaccurate Slitting

One of the most common causes of waste for tube and core paper manufacturers is paper that is incorrectly slit.

This causes the paper to not line up properly when wound. It can result in a gap between portions of the roll, or an equally frustrating overlap that affects the entire roll. In many cases, all or part of a job has to be scrapped when this happens, creating a lot of wasted material, time, and money.

Solution: Quality Slitting

It seems simple, but ensuring your paper converting partner has the knowledge and equipment to consistently and accurately slit your paper can dramatically reduce waste and improve your bottom line.

Challenge: Inaccurate Printing

If the tube or core is being wound with paper on which an image or words are printed, it is essential that the paper aligns perfectly. A skewed or cropped image not only looks unprofessional, it's also readily apparent to anyone that sees it. 

Solution: Quality Custom Printing and Slitting Services

One way to improve the overall consistency of the product you receive is to confirm that your paper converting partner is capable of handling both the slitting and printing needs in-house.  This helps to ensure that both aspects of the job match up correctly. 

Challenge: Inconsistency

Sometimes a tube or core paper manufacturer may receive excellent work from one paper converter, but then switch to another company.  The move between converters can lead to slight changes in the finished product, such as the paper's water hold out, smoothness of sheet, finish of sheet, and moisture, all of which can end up resulting in unnecessary waste and even higher costs. 

Solution: Long-term Relationship

The best way to ensure consistency in your paper quality is to locate a paper converting partner that consistently provides a quality product and meets all of your needs. This allows the converter to become more experienced on your particular jobs and help you know exactly what you're going to get each time a new order comes in.

If you're experiencing any of these challenges and could use some help eliminating unnecessary waste and cutting the cost of your paper converting needs, contact us to discuss what Oren International can do to help.

For more information on reducing waste in tube and core paper production, download our free guide, 4 Ways Tube and Core Manufacturers Can Reduce Waste.

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