How Do I Get Started with Box On Demand?

It’s easy to see if a Box On Demand system is right for you. Instead of buying the system, we provide you with machinery that creates all the boxes you need and you simply purchase corrugated fanfold from us.

Initially, we discuss your current packaging process and goals. We perform a thorough analysis which helps us understand your packaging challenges and determine the ideal system configuration for your operation. Then you receive a comprehensive benefits overview which summarizes the project details, including expected savings from switching to on demand packaging.

Once you decide the project is a go, we work together to schedule and install the equipment. Installation takes just a day or two, and our technicians will train your staff to ensure everyone is fully comfortable with the equipment. Every system we install is fully supported with a 24/7 technical service hotline.

How Much Does The Machinery Cost?

There are no upfront capital costs to start making your boxes on demand. Rather than charge you the cost of the machinery, you purchase the corrugated fanfold from us and we provide the machinery needed to make your boxes in house.

How does Box On Demand help me minimize Dimensional Charges?

With a Box On Demand system, you have the flexibility to create perfectly sized boxes for every single order. No more oversized boxes with empty space filled with dunnage. With dimensional weight pricing, any box over 166 cubic inches (and shipped via UPS or FedEx) is subject to dimensional weight pricing. By sizing the box to the product being shipped, you will have the smallest possible box for every order, minimizing your excess shipping costs. Use our handy dimensional weight calculator to see whether your existing boxes will be subject to dimensional weight billing.

Can I Order Premade Boxes?

Instead of selling premade boxes, we provide you with on-demand packaging equipment to make the exact boxes needed in your own facility. Box On Demand is the sole manufacturer of the corrugated fanfold our box making machinery uses; you simply purchase the raw corrugated directly from us.

Why does Box On Demand save me money?

The traditional supply chain, whereby boxes are delivered from a factory, typically works well for most box consumers. However for the customer whose demand profile for boxes is variable, shifting, and complicated, the traditional model does not work well. When a customer needs a large array of box sizes, ordered in small quantities, all of the non-value add activities in the traditional supply chain multiply and create a negative effect on pricing. Box On Demand eliminates these inefficiencies by enabling you to make only the boxes you need, when you need them. Your boxes are made from a small set of raw material SKUs that are easily ordered and managed. You pay for corrugated on a per square foot basis. Box On Demand also enables the customer to achieve a right-sizing solution where all products are packed in a custom fitting box. This allows volume based shipping and void filling material costs to be minimized.

How many sizes does the equipment produce?

The equipment can create almost any size. From a small brochure box to a large sofa pack. Unlike sheet-fed box making machines, length is not a limiting factor when creating boxes.

How long does it take to make a box?

One pass on the equipment can produce one or more boxes. Each pass can take from 5 to 15 seconds depending on the size and complexity of the finished box.

How does Box On Demand integrate with our internal production or logistics software?

We view each company’s integration need as an independent project defined by specific customer requirements. Our system has multiple standard interfaces from which to transmit or receive input/output information for operation. If these are not appropriate, we have the ability to customize for a wide range of protocols. Generally, if there is dimensional data available for your orders, we can send that to the machine to automatically create the right size boxes. You can also learn more about our sizing and dimensioning solutions here.

What type of corrugated material is used with Box On Demand systems?

Standard C, B, E, B/C and E/B flutes are available directly from our manufacturing facilities. Because we manufacture our own fanfold you can be confident you will receive the optimum size and highest quality corrugated product with every delivery.

How big is the equipment footprint?

There are many configurations available for different applications and environments. Basic systems can run in a 200-400 square foot area while others require more space. In general, the more raw material sources available to the equipment via a multi-feeding system, the larger the footprint needed.

What’s the typical amount of scrap produced by the system?

Scrap rates vary based on the overall mix of box sizes produced and the pool of available corrugated raw material sizes. In general, customers should achieve 85-95% yield on their raw material.

How many people does it take to run the equipment?

One person can easily operate the machine. In most packing areas, the machine is operated by the same group of personnel that previously packed products manually.

How reliable is the equipment?

Our equipment has a proven track record of high availability. Issues that do occur are usually minor and easy to fix via our 24/7 support team. Any part that may need to be repaired or replaced is ready to ship from our parts warehouse, or is provided on-site at the time of installation.

    What level of training is needed to operate the equipment?

    No specific technical knowledge is necessary to operate the equipment. The machine operator interfaces are designed for ease of use and simplicity. During each Box On Demand installation a comprehensive training program is performed.

    How do I quantify savings?

    Based on past usage we help you perform a cost savings analysis. Based upon your usage to date we can give an estimate of what a correctly sized box will cost vs. a current over-sized box. Basic cost parameters such as the gross savings on material, shipping, space, and time are quantified during our analysis sessions. We will also perform a productivity analysis to determine a neutral or labor saving equipment setup.

    How much should I save?

    If it is a fit, you should be saving at least 20%. Many customers have saved well over this level. There are three main areas associated with hard cost savings: the box, shipping, and filler materials such as air pillows or foam-in-place. Other cost saving areas are related to warehouse space, excess inventory, box obsolescence, and shipping damage. There are many fringe benefits resulting from a move to a simpler, on-demand supply chain.