The best time to consider wooden container design all depends on your type of manufacturing process and your specific product. Valley Box has broken down the time in which to introduce wooden containers into your manufacturing as; Before, During, or After.
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If your products are larger dimensionally or have varying assembly times, the best time to address your wooden container should be prior to any manufacturing.
Treat the wooden crate as part of the product rather than an afterthought.
If your product is moved, handled, or staged during production, it may be cost effective to incorporate the wooden container into your process as a function of material handling.
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If your products are manufactured in large quantities that roll off an assembly line, the time to address your wooden container is during the production phase.
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If you develop customized products with varying designs to meet customer requirements, wooden container designs are best addressed once the product is completed as the product may undergo last minute modifications.
Open communication with your wooden container vendor can help you avoid shipping delays due to package size errors. It may be cost effective to ship your product assembled in a single shipment or dis-assembled with few ancillary packages.