What are the different types of packaging tools?

Box cutters are common packaging tools.

Packing tools are used in all types of industry. Manufacturing and distribution have different packaging needs than small businesses, so packaging tools are designed to accommodate a variety of needs. Among the most common packaging tools are cardboard boxes, plastic bags, packing tape and box cutters.

Cardboard boxes are packaging tools used to store items. Products are placed inside and protected with newspaper, bubble wrap, packing peanuts or other types of packaging materials for safe transport. Cardboard boxes can be used to transport large quantities of goods from a factory to a store, or they can be used to protect a product until the buyer can take it out of the store and set it up for use. There are many types of cardboard boxes, although most are either folded into a pre-designed shape that fits together somehow, or folded and taped together. Utility knives or box cutters are often used to cut ribbon and open cardboard boxes, although they are also useful for other cutting needs.

Packing peanuts are common packing items.

Plastic bags are used in packaging products for protection. Plastic bags can keep the product dry, dust free and protected from damage inside a box. Multiple items can be put in plastic bags and placed in the same box, keeping items organized and saving space.

A common form of packing tape is a clear plastic tape that fits over a dispenser. The serrated edge of the dispenser cuts the tape when it is stretched across a box for convenient sealing of a packaged box. Another popular form of packing tape is a threaded paper form that fits in a water dispenser. This water activates the glue side of the tape as it is dispensed.

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Cardboard boxes are often used in packaging.

Steel plastic strap packaging tools secure a large plastic strap around boxes or pallets to keep everything in place during the shipping process. These belts are also available in steel with a crimping tool that attaches a metal bracket to the belts to hold them in place. These belts are robust and withstand a lot of pressure without breaking.

Shrinkwrap is a plastic wrap that is folded around packages on full pallets for added support during movement. Once the pallet is fully stacked with shipping packages, the shrink wrap is wrapped around the pallet and all boxes. This forms a tight plastic barrier around the boxes and pallets, keeping them in place. Machines are available to pack large pallets.

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