Ever wondered how those sturdy and neat paper bags you use are made? Ever thought about all the work put into it? Well, with this article, we at Pirsq want to spread knowledge about the different stages of manufacturing a paper bag undergoes. Do give it a read, and you will get to know exactly what it takes to make the perfect paper bag!

April 1, 2018

Paper Bag Manufacturing Process

Updated On: Aug. 7, 2019

How to make Paper Carry Bag?
Ever wondered how regular sheets of paper turn into those sturdy, neat paper bags you carry around? Well, in this article, we'll try and explain the primary stages undergone in a paper bag manufacturing process.

Selecting the raw material – paper: The required paper, based on the client's order of colour, texture, and size, is bought and prepped for manufacture. If any printing needs to be done on the bag, it is done in this stage.

Paper Sheering: The prepped sheets of paper are now arranged one on top of the other and are cut in accordance with the sizes specified by the customer. It is at this stage that the shape and design of the paper bag are decided and implemented.

Eyelet punching: After the sheering stage, it is now time to decide on the handles of the paper bag. If the paper bag is going to have rope handles, then the bag will need eyelets to be attached, which is done in this stage. Else, if the bag is going to have cut out holes as handles, that too is done in this stage.

Paper creasing: To make it easier for further folding and sticking of the various parts of the bag, the sheered paper is creased. It ensures uniformity in further folding, sticking and assembling of the bags.

Hard press: Sometimes, clients need their bags to be sturdy and strong. This requires sheets of paper to be stuck together to make the paper bag thicker. It is done in the hard pressing stage, where glue is applied between the layers, and they are machine pressed together to ensure clean and durable sticking.

Folding, Sticking, and Finishing: We have now reached the final stages of the manufacturing process. All the independently processed parts of the bags, like the front and back sleeves, the side flaps, etc., are all placed together, folding and stuck along the creases, and the finishing touches, like adding the rope handles is done. This stage marks the end of the manufacture of paper bags.

And there you have it! It is a brief run-through about how your order is manufactured and then delivered at your doorstep. To make a perfect paper bag, each of these steps must be completed with perfection. And this perfection is what Pirsq guarantees.

Why Die has to be prepared, and why is it important?

The Die has to be prepared for the first order, which might take 2-4 working days. Mostly the Die is prepared by the 3rd party vendor who takes the design specifications and makes the Die.
The Die Cutting tool is the combination of metal wires arranges together based on the design specifications. As the Die is punched onto the sheet of paper, the paper can be folded into the box, paper bag.

The Die changing process at the manufacturing plant might take a few minutes to an hour. That's why the manufacturers prefer to make more quantity in every run.

What are the common problems faced in Paper Bag Manufacturing?

The carry bag printing design should be in the Vector file format. During the paper printing process if the Vendor might want to increase or decrease the size of the design and found the design to be distorted.

The customer doesn't want to go for the higher quantity. The Die changing process might take from minutes to hours, and the whole setup might take more than an hour. Image doing it for four different small quantity orders with separate Die Cutting tool required. The Manufacturer will be wasting 3-4 hours changing Dies, loading up the paper roll in a day.

The machine breakdown is one of the common problems where the technician is required on the spot. If the machine is complicated and the technician isn't in the same state, then all the orders queued up for the week will be delayed.

The shortage of raw material is another problem the Manufacturer has to face on a day to day basis. With the increase in the paper packaging, in general, the shortage of raw material is pretty regular these days.

Should I go with the Manufacturer or with the Vendor? Do I have any other better solution?

The manufacturers are generally busy and won't be able to educate you much regarding the paper manufacturing process. But the Manufacturer will give you the best pricing. Keep in mind to get the best quotation you should know about the various Paper types available in the market. If you don't know, then check here.

The Vendor will give you more time and will show you more options to choose since he/she works with many manufacturers if your quantity isn't much then its suitable to go with the offline Vendor.

Another option is to order Paper Packaging products online. It's easier to browse packaging products online, compare pricing, and plan your packaging based on the requirement and the budget in hand. The online platforms to give you additional design support which is very important and many people don't think about it in the beginning but regret at the later stage.