Paper tube packaging is a popular and eco-friendly solution for packaging a wide range of products, from cosmetics and food to candles and shipping tubes, thanks to its eco-friendliness and versatility. But how are these tubes actually made? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the process of how paper tubes are made.
Process to Make Paper Tubes
1. Material Selection
The first step in the process is material selection. Most paper tubes are made using kraft paper, which is a strong, durable paper that is also environmentally friendly. The thickness and weight of the paper will vary depending on the intended use of the tube.
2. Cutting and rolling
Once the material has been selected, it is cut into long strips and rolled into a spiral shape. The strips are then glued together, creating a solid tube. The diameter of the tube is determined by the width of the strips, and can range from small to very large depending on the application.
3. Gluing and Forming
To create a rigid structure, a glue is applied to the paper as it’s being wound around the mandrel. Once the paper has been completely wrapped around the mandrel, it’s allowed to dry and set, forming the paper tube’s body.
4. Cutting to length & End Closures
Once the tube has been created, it is cut to the desired length. This step can be done manually or with the use of a machine, depending on the quantity being produced. And next the ends of the tube are closed. There are a variety of closure options available, including plastic, metal, or paper end caps. The end closures are glued or crimped onto the ends of the tube, creating a secure seal.
5. Printing and labeling
Once the tube is complete, it can be printed and labeled. This is often done using a printing press, which can add text, graphics, and other visual elements to the tube. Labels can also be added to the tube, either during the printing process or as a separate step.
6. Optional Add-Ons
Depending on the product, paper tubes can be fitted with various add-ons such as caps, lids, sifters, cut windows, and other types of closures.
7. Quality control
Before the tubes are shipped out, they undergo a thorough quality control process. This involves checking the diameter, length, and weight of the tubes, as well as ensuring that they are free from any defects or imperfections.
Overall, the process of making paper tubes is relatively simple, yet requires precision and attention to detail to ensure that the tubes are of high quality. By selecting the right materials, using the proper techniques, and performing thorough quality control checks, paper tube manufacturers can create durable, eco-friendly packaging solutions for a wide range of applications. Let’s say goodbye to Platic and Hello to Paper Tubes. Contact our specialist to custom your tubes, or view our paper tubes portfolio, we wish to be your sustainable packaging solution provider.