We at Keiding are frequently asked questions about our molded pulp products, the design and manufacturing process, and molded pulp / molded fiber in general. After all, while many are familiar with both the molded paper egg and drink trays seen and used daily by millions, molded fiber and molded pulp are not exactly household names. In this section we address questions such as how to get started on a project, production tooling, capabilities of molded pulp packaging, and others. For additional questions regarding molded fiber and how heavy-wall molded pulp designed and manufactured by Keiding can be of benefit to you and your project, please feel free to contact us directly. We encourage and look forward to your call.
What does Keiding need to get started on a project?
From start to finish it would be ideal to have both a 3D file and the part to be packaged, however, the design process can be initiated using only the 3D file. A part is recommended prior to tooling, if not earlier, to ensure fit and accuracy.
What 3D formats does Keiding accept?
We use SolidWorks for our tool design. We can work with 3D files in SolidWorks, IGS, STEP and parasolid format.
What is the minimum order?
Typically 20,000 pieces annually, although depending on the project, we may accommodate smaller quantities.
What is the lead time for production tooling?
While production tooling could take up to 3-4 weeks of our receiving a purchase order, more often than not tooling can be completed in under 2 weeks.
What is the lead time for production orders?
Depending on the size of the order, finished parts can often be readied for shipment within 1-2 weeks of our receiving a purchase order.
Does Keiding inventory product?
Depending on the project and reliable forecasting, we can keep upwards of 3-4 weeks of inventory in our warehouse for just-in-time shipment.
What can be expected in terms of price changes?
Once established, piece pricing remains relatively constant. Given the historically low and stable pricing of recycled paper, a request by Keiding for a price increase is rare.
Who is responsible for the scheduling and payment of freight?
Unless otherwise indicated our molded pulp products are quoted f.o.b. our plant Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In most cases our customers have a preferred means of shipment and therefore assume the responsibility of scheduling and paying freight. Keiding will gladly schedule and pay freight when arrangements are made and agreed upon in advance.
Is molded pulp capable of supporting and protecting large and/or heavy products?
As a custom designer and manufacturer of heavy-wall molded pulp, large/heavy item packaging is our forte! Keiding excels at providing supportive and protective packaging solutions for products that weigh as little as 10 lbs or as much as 200 lbs, and greater.
What design capabilities exist for molded pulp?
Edge/side protection, endcaps, top/bottom trays and containers of all shapes and sizes, from simple to complex, large to small, deep to shallow, heavy to light. Our ability to form paper fibers into any number of configurations makes molded pulp one of the most flexible protective packaging materials available.
What is the life expectancy of a production tool?
Indefinite. Keiding assumes full responsibility for tool maintenance and/or replacement throughout the life of the project.
When and why would additional tooling costs apply?
Once a project is in production, no additional tooling costs will be incurred unless the EAU exceeds current and agreed upon tooling capacity, changes with the part require tool revision(s), or changes in product require new design and tools.
What types of paper are used to make the pulp?
While virtually any paper stock can be repulped with water and molded, Keiding uses only recycled corrugated and newspaper from select sources to ensure quality and consistency of pulp. Consistently quality pulp makes consistently quality parts.
What color is the molded pulp?
The most well-known and preferred color of pulp is its “natural” color, a brownish-grayish hue derived from the processing of recycled corrugated and newsprint fibers.