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A great article about our friends at El Paso Paper Box

With its new facility and expanded printing and converting capabilities, this West Texas carton converter is poised for continued growth. The new technology and facility improvements in the last three years have totaled nearly $12 million and provided an opportunity to differentiate and offer customized solutions. Investments include a new Bobst Expertfold folder-gluer, a Kohmann window patcher, CartonERP software from Workpack Solutions, seven Eastey case tapers, new signage and a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 41-inch seven-color full inline UV coating sheetfed perfector press..... Click here to read the full piece ...
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Strong market growth brings opportunists and changeless for converters.

For many paperboard converters keeping up with customer demand is difficult, and on top of that, they are dealing with very long lead times for some board. That means the team needs to predict usage of some paperboard and buy based on that forecast. For materials that have a shorter lead time the standard Materials Requirement Planning (MRP) tools work well to help the team keep track of upcoming activity and make arrangements to get materials in on time. With one click a PO can be generated for an item, or supplier, to satisfy all future work. However, with these long lead times for some stock, you may need to place an order before your customer issues you a PO. To help with this, CartonERP has a few tools that can be used to manage paper. By analyzing usage of paperboard you stock you can set a reorder count and ...
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Most software systems set a limit for connections, or charge by the connection, and CartonERP will not.

We feel passionate about everyone in your organization having access to the information they need to do their job, and do it well. We also recognized years ago that we were entering into a new area where everyone will have “computers” with them all the time. They sometimes also serve as a phone, or a tablet, or maybe a terminal on a forklift. A modern folding carton plant has computers on each machine, and often carried by all managers and even operators. We want to support that added flexibility, and selected a platform that performs well with many connections at a time. We price our system with the idea that everyone in the company will use the system, and many users will have several ways to connect. We do not want our customers to be concerned about performance or cost when adding a device to the network ...
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Making a release to ship finished goods should be as easy as 123

See how easy it should be to release an order in your ERP system ...
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Drag and Drop Scheduling

Drag and Drop Scheduling is just one of many tools in the CartonERP scheduling tool kit. These tools allow folding Carton converters and commercial printers the ability to schedule the press room and communicate to the team what to do next ...
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Are your inventory levels set to maximize profit, or something much more arbitrary?

Have you ever noticed that when you add new shelving or storage in your garage it always fills up? Even if you add more than you need, within a year it is full. Do we really have exactly what we need on those shelves, or is our personal inventory set by the available space? Finished goods, raw material, and WIP seem to behave in much the same way and that could be because we tend to calculate the cost of machines and FTEs, but not inventory. We spend a lot of time in carton plants all over North America, and we see inventory levels vary greatly from one location to another. While it is not a hard and fast rule, the level of inventory is normally in relation to the cost of real estate. Areas where space is at a premium tend to have very little inventory, while our clients ...
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The age of disposable computers has arrived.

Seven years ago, we looked ahead to a day when computers would be so inexpensive and easy to replace that they were considered disposable. That day has arrived. This will dramatically increase the number of devices connected, and increase the opportunities for better communication. In preparation for this day, CartonERP has been designed to run on these small lean devices, and run on devices that are not yet on the market. The pricing of the system was also designed with this eventuality in mind. Connect as many smart phones, tablets, Pi's or other devices as you want to stay connected to your team and keep your work close at hand. Run the system on a cloud server, or on a server in your own server rack.  Any device, and any server, with unlimited connections and an architecture and pricing design to facilitate these connections. Douglas ...
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Set Up Time Cost Folding Carton Manufacturers $20K per year

Reduce Make Ready Time and Increase Margins Time is precious when you’re changing jobs on the production floor, we get it. With the investment in your machines and staff, the only time you’re making money is when they are running. If you can improve your pace of job set up, you can improve your margins and reduce time. Automatic tracking and counts as jobs are run allow your operators to focus on other production needs. Automation is a huge time saver, and can reduce human errors on your production documents and job tickets. What if you had a way to capture shop-floor data while reducing the opportunity for human error when reporting at the end of the run, job, or shift? We’ve seen many folding carton manufacturers run into this same issue time and time again. They are losing margin and billable hours when setting up jobs and documenting production ...
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