Maxco debuts tri-wall cartons

07/15/2009 01:04:00 PM
Don Schrack

PARLIER, Calif. — Maxco Supply Inc. is distributing a new, stronger and environmentally sensitive container that company founder and president Max Flaming said is a major breakthrough.

“Nobody else globally has ever made microflute, tri-wall cartons,” Flaming said.
 
The new container from the carton design and manufacturing company was more than three years in development, said Joe Sepe, general manager of Maxco’s container manufacturing plant.

The roots of the tri-wall carton come from the foodservice industry.

Sepe became intrigued with the construction of a thin-walled clamshell that his daughter brought home after a stop at a fast food restaurant.

                                                                               Don Schrack

Max Flaming (left), president and founder of Maxco Supply Inc., Parlier, Calif., and Joe Sepe, general manager of Maxco’s container manufacturing plant, show off cartons made of the company’s new microflute tri-wall material.

“I began experimenting in my garage at home long before I brought the idea into the plant,” Sepe said.

The goal was to use lightweight materials to construct the corrugated paper used in the carton’s design, he said.

When Sepe discovered there was equipment available to manufacture the material he designed in his garage, he took the project to Flaming.

What evolved from months of trial and error is a seven-layer material, about one-eighth of an inch thick, that delivers much greater strength than the traditional dual-wall cardboard, Sepe said.

The flutes — the mini-peaks and valleys sandwiched between flat sheets in corrugated paper – are miniscule. 

Just as important, Flaming said, is that the product is environmentally friendly.

“Because we use lighter material, we use less paper to manufacture the tri-wall,” he said, “and because it is lighter, freight costs are lower. In addition, the carton is 100% recyclable.”


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