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Buying a Folder Gluer: Top 3 Factors To Consider [Buyer's Guide]

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Are you looking to buy a folder gluer machine?

A folder gluer is by far the most important machine on the production floors of carton box and corrugated board manufacturers. Because of the role a folder-gluer machine plays in the production of carton and corrugated boxes, the demand for folder gluers is rapidly growing.

And so, choosing the right folder gluer that fits your company's needs, production, and budget is critical. Failing to choose the right folder gluer will not only cost you the price of the folder gluer, but also major long-term productivity and output losses.

Hi! Hani Hallal here from Impack packaging.

For the last 2 years, I’ve researched, interviewed, and sat down with some of the most experienced folder gluer experts. Recently, we've had the privilege to sit down with Mario Persechino, a folder gluer expert with more than 40 years of experience in the industry to talk all about buying a new folder gluer.

In this guide, we'll cover the 3 top factors you must consider before buying a folder gluer

Buying a Folder-Gluer: Top 3 Factors To Consider

Choosing the right folder gluer depends on a multitude of factors that vary from company to company. However, there are 3 critical questions that every single folder gluer owner needs to be asking themselves before buying a new folder gluer for their folding-gluing line. Those are:

  1. What are our production needs?

  2. How will we organize space for the new folder gluer?

  3. What post-purchase services are important to our company?

1. What Are Your Production Needs?

carton box and corrugated board boxes

Your company's needs will always be the biggest deciding factor influencing the right choice of a folder gluer model.

Although all folder-gluers can produce the 300 different box formats that exist on the market, not all folder gluers will be able to produce at the output, speed, and budget that your company requires.

That is, every company's needs are different and your choice of a folder gluer rests on the knowledge of that!

Most company needs can be broken down into two types: 1) Volume-based needs and 2) Format-based needs.

Volume-Based Needs

If your company's primary focus is to produce the same types of boxes consistently every day, then we would classify your company's needs as volume-based.

In this situation, we recommend choosing more than one Fully-Automatic folder gluer machine and having each of them dedicated to a specific box material.

This allows you to produce a high volume of different box materials at the same time without having to stop or pause your folder gluer production. 

Format-Based Needs

If your company's projects are as such that you produce different box materials for each project and you do not see your company producing a high volume of boxes for each project, then we would classify your company's needs as format-based.

In this situation, we recommend choosing a Semi-Automatic folder-gluer since they are more versatile and flexible hence allowing you to meet your customers' requests for different box formats.

Now that you know what your production needs are, the second most important factor you should consider is: How will you organize your space for your new folder gluer?

2. How Will You Organize Space for the New Folder Gluer?

folder gluer production floor

Knowing that you need a new folder gluer is important. But just as important is knowing how this new machine will fit on your production floor.

It's no secret that finding good folder-gluer operators these days is hard and labor shortage has become a serious problem affecting the packaging industry. 

Thus, if your company's needs are volume-based, then you would need more than one folder gluer operator. In addition, you may also need packing staff (or packers) to pack your boxes into cases after they come out of your folder gluer delivery belt. 

This is all to say that if you're considering buying a new folder gluer, you should consider the space you have on your production floor and how your gluer operators and packing staff will be moving around their workstations and with respect to the folder gluer. 

I know..it sounds like a lot to consider, but the good news is that you do not need to personally calculate all those factors. A folder gluer supplier should help you factor in all those considerations before you buy a new folder gluer.

Hence, make sure that you find a reliable folder gluer supplier with which you can form a solid long-term partnership and depend on for your after-sale needs which we will get to next!

Ask Impack for recommendations on folder gluer suppliers if in doubt. We work with small companies, medium-sized companies, and some of the biggest names in the packaging industry, And so, we know what folder gluer brands the least and most successful box manufacturers have on their folding gluing line 😉.

3. What Post-Purchase Services Are Important to Your Company?


When evaluating different options of folder gluers, ask folder gluer suppliers about past problems they have experienced with that specific folder gluer model, but more importantly, what after-sales services do they offer?

The answers you get will speak volumes about the only thing that truly matters in those types of relationships: Reliability.   

The biggest cost your company will incur is not on the cost of the new folder gluer but rather on the productivity loss you will incur as a result of the folder gluer breaking down, failing, or not utilizing your folder gluer to its maximum capacity.

Hence, find a folder-gluer manufacturer that truly cares about the service they offer after the sale. Make sure to consider everything from the maintenance of your folder gluer to the installment, training, and delivery services.

After all, every single machine will eventually break down, fail, or come across some sort of issue. It is what a company can do to fix them, and maintain that, is what truly matters.  

Ready to Buy a Folder Gluer? Here's How to Choose the Right Folder Gluer

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As we saw, there is an endless list of factors to consider when buying a new folder gluer, and it is impossible for you to think of everything before pulling the trigger.  

The fact that you are reading this article indicates that you are trying to make an informed and educated decision. 

Buying a folder gluer machine is a big decision and you certainly do not want to regret your purchase a few months down the line.

So, I really hope this article helped you focus on the 3 most important factors that you should consider before buying a folder gluer. But, I won't leave you at just that.

👉 If you're locked in on buying a new folder gluer, compare here the 3 most common folder-gluer models on the market (Coming Soon).

👉 If you're still unsure about whether buying a folder gluer is right for you or not, find out here whether you should buy a new folder gluer or consider alternative options.

👉 And finally, if you're looking to increase your folder-gluer output, double your production speed, and cut down your staff to zero, here are the Top 5 Ways To Improving Your Folder-Gluer Productivity With Zero Investment.