Cardboard is Everywhere These Days

A person buried under cardboard boxes.
The number of boxes can become overwhelming.

As we all adjust to new rules for social distancing in this new economy, the corrugated box industry has worked tirelessly to move necessary products safely from place to place. Not only do businesses rely on well-made cardboard packaging for the shipment of goods, but hospitals and pharmacies also receive essential products like masks and medicines in carefully packed shipments. Now, too, many individuals have turned to online venues to provide them with cleaning supplies, food, and paper goods, increasing the demand for cardboard shipping boxes.

How are boxes made?

Cardboard manufacturers use recycled or virgin paper to create a flute. That’s the name of the wave-shaped structure you see inside the walls of a cardboard box. Paper feeds through a corrugated roller machine to make the fluted cardboard. The roller machines use a similar technique previously used to add ruffles to hats. Many different kinds of flutes provide different levels of strength and cushioning to finished boxes. Boxes can have one or two layers of fluting.

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Manufacturing Disaster Recovery Plan: Create Yours Now

A natural disaster or pandemic doesn’t have to mean disaster for your manufacturing facility. Be prepared.

We may remember the last few years as the time of unending disasters.  Historic spring flooding, wildfires, hurricanes, and other storms were so widespread across the USA in 2019 one-third of the country qualified for federal disaster relief. In Australia, nearly 30 million acres burned during their 2019 wildfire season. Then the pandemic began. With it came civil unrest, supply chain nightmares(remember all those ships stuck in the Suez Canal) and yet another round of natural disasters.

Close up of a fire truck.  A manufacturing disaster recovery plan helps keep fire trucks far away.
A manufacturing disaster recovery plan lets everyone know what to do when disaster strikes.

It should be a wake-up call for everyone.   Natural and other disasters can strike any part of the world. The probability of something unexpected impacting your manufacturing plant is high, and shouldn’t be ignored.

Here are some key steps in minimizing the risks associated with an unforeseen disruption. 

Have an established action plan for your personnel. 

If a disaster occurs,  your managers and team members should know exactly where to go, what to do, and what they are responsible for.  Outline responsibilities in advance. This will help each person or team understand how their role will help in maintaining safety or in returning operations back to normal.   Your manufacturing disaster recovery plan should include the following: 

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