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MANUFACTURING NETS /DEVELOPMENTS - CD ROM PACKAGING

V. Ryan 2008 - 2016

 

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CD ROM packaging manufacturers produce thousands of sleeves on a daily basis. This is called continuous production as a precise number are produced. When large numbers have to be manufactured a DIE CUTTER is normally used as part of a production line.

1. All packaging must be accurately designed using CAD software (Computer Aided Design). The designer is careful to ensure the shape is accurate and that fold lines are in the correct place.

2. In a printers workshop, the blank pieces of card, the CD ROM nets are prepared and colour is added, as well as the printing. This may be achieved through the use of sprays, layers of coloured paper or automated screen printing.

3. Back in the factory a die cutter is set up. This is made up of several hardened steel blades. The layout of the blades match the exact size of the net. A die cutter is basically a steel stamp that is used to cut and shape the net. It is designed to cut through the card on some lines whilst slightly cutting others (these are the fold lines or crease lines).

The steel die cutter is made up of specially hardened steel cutters. Each is like a blade, with a serrated edge. Sometimes the blades can be rearranged to form other shapes of net.

 
 
 
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The die cutter is pressed into the card by the force of the machine. The ‘stamped out’ net is then automatically placed on a folding table. Parts of the table move/fold, forming the basic package. People sometimes finish the more delicate folding operations. (This depends on the complexity of the package).

In industry most of these operations are carried out by one large packaging machine that is able perform a series operations including, printing/colouring, die cutting and folding.

   

QUESTIONS:
1. Your business has been asked to manufacture the CD Rom packages. Draw a series of diagrams that represent the stages involved in designing and making the package. Remember, thousands of the same package are required on a daily basis.
2. Explain the difference between single item production and continuous production.

 
 
   
 
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