Manual Vs Computerised Timber Crate Design

7 December 2015
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Many owners of businesses never think about the design process of their timber crates when they are upgrading the manufacturing operations at the industry. This leaves them stuck with outdated timber crate design processes that leave them open to risks such as some crates being larger than is needed. This article compares the old (manual) way of designing timber crates with a software-based design process. Use this information to help you to upgrade your timber crate making process so that you can eliminate many of the possible errors in your current system.

Manual Crate Design

This requires the designer to measure the dimensions of the items to be packaged in the timber crate. Next, a scale is decided upon before the proposed crate design is drawn on paper. The designer makes a sketch that outlines the optimal arrangement of timer crate components so that the desired finished product is made quickly. The downside of this method is that it is prone to several errors. For instance, the design team may make an error when determining the scale to use prior to drawing the sketches. This can result in the assembling of timber crates having the wrong dimensions. Additionally, the process is very tedious and time-consuming. For instance, once an error is discovered, the entire process has to be started from scratch in order to rectify the error. It may also be difficult to explore all possible arrangements of the product within the timber crate. This robs you of the opportunity to find the most optimal product arrangement for efficient crate use.

Computerised Crate Design

Here, the designer enters the dimensions of the product to be packaged. The software quickly generates several options that can be considered during the arrangement of the products. The system also gives you the most efficient way to assemble the crate in order to package the goods in the different ways suggested. This makes it easy for you to try as many configurations as possible before settling on the most cost-effective one. This method removes the human errors that result during manual sketching because all calculations are made by the system. It is also very easy to make adjustments to crate designs. The only downside of this system is the initial cost to buy and rent proprietary software.

As you can see, how you make the timber crates used to ship your products matters a lot. Upgrade to a computerized system and you will have fewer packaging failures. Alternatively, you can contract a specalised packaging manufacturer to make your timber crates using the latest technology available.