The new plastic folding panels are the new way to make reusable packaging.
The plastic factory, which uses a vacuum-sealed cardboard box, creates these folding panels in one day, rather than two or three weeks, as most manufacturers do.
These panels can be folded up and thrown in the trash, which is something most new packaging companies do not do.
“It’s a great thing for consumers,” said Sarah Johnson, senior director of product innovation at New York City-based company Fido, which makes and sells disposable packaging.
“A lot of our customers use this packaging for a lot of different things, and they don’t necessarily have disposable liners.”
Plastic folding panels for sale at a New York-based plastic packaging factory.
| Courtesy of Fido.
This new manufacturing technology was developed by a company called New York Machine & Folding, which sells the products to other companies.
It makes the panels by cutting a plastic tube in half and sealing the ends with tape.
Then it takes the tube, which has holes cut in it, and rolls it up into a sheet of plastic.
The sheets are then cut into rectangular panels and stacked in a plastic warehouse.
Fido sells the panels to a variety of companies, including Amazon, Walmart, and Staples.
The company is working with a handful of other manufacturers to make the panels, and it plans to make several million panels a year.
But Johnson says that’s not enough to support the business.
“We want to be able to have a high volume of our products, and we’re not going to be making the panels for the first couple of years,” she said.
“I think it’s going to take a while.”
And that’s where the plastic folding panels come in.
New plastic folding panel for sale in New York.
|Courtesy of New York Plastic.
The new manufacturing method is similar to the one used in the manufacturing of the disposable plastic liners that many consumers still use.
They have a sheet, a hole, and a tube.
The sheet is folded into the plastic tube, and then rolled up into one of these panels.
But this time, the tube is folded up into the sheet and then thrown in a trash can.
“The problem with the disposable linings is that they are made from PVC, and the PVC is extremely hard and brittle,” Johnson said.
The glass-reinforced plastic is less likely to break, and can be reused again and again.
Plastic folding panel at a plastic factory.|Courtesy of Fidop.
The panels are then placed in the packaging factory and put into a trashcan.
|Photo: Getty Images.
Johnson said the company plans to use the new manufacturing technique to make more panels, starting with its own plastic folding factory, and expanding into other plastic industries, including furniture, car parts, and even paper products.
The cost savings are significant.
“With the old technology, you have to use an assembly line and you can’t just throw the stuff in a box and throw it away,” Johnson told me.
“That’s why we’re doing this in a way that’s environmentally friendly and economical.
You can’t throw that in the garbage and throw that out.”
But the technology is not without its problems.
Johnson says the process takes time, and she’s not sure when it will be ready to be commercialized.
“Once they have the manufacturing facility, we’re going to make all the panels ourselves, which takes about three years,” Johnson says.
The factory has also had some delays, Johnson said, which are why she’s cautious about how soon the product is going to become available.
“When they first launched, the company had some issues with quality control, and there was a lot less than the initial plan,” Johnson explained.
“But once we got to the factory, it was a breeze.
We just took care of all the quality control issues and all the other issues, and now they’re doing everything they can to get the product out to the market.”
The new factory is also not the only plastic factory in New Jersey.
There are also a number of smaller companies that manufacture plastic folding bins.
And Johnson says she’s hopeful that with more manufacturing options and a better understanding of the process, she could see the industry moving into this new technology sooner rather than later.
“Hopefully, with the industry being able to get better and better quality control and testing, we’ll be able get to a point where we can start mass production of this, which will really help our environment and the environment’s environment,” Johnson concluded.
Plastic manufacturing at the New York plastic folding machine factory.
Source: New York Metal.