Quality Management


Customer needs

To meet the needs of our customers, Gebr. KNAUER GmbH + Co. KG has developed its quality procedures to perfection. The careful selection of the raw materials and lab examinations of supplies and the finished product ensure that the quality of our packaging is fully documented. Find out more about the tests we carry out. Contact us for a detailed schedule of the quality properties tested by us.

F-, E-, B-, C- and W-Flute

Flute types

Corrugated cardboard is first of all classified on the basis of the number of corrugated layers. The boards are available with different flute types, e.g. C – B – E- F – W-Flute, defined by their flute width and flute height. The grades range from fine to large. In double-wall corrugated cardboards, it is possible to combine different flute types with each other: BC – EB – FE.

The heavier the goods to be packed and the longer the transport distance, the greater the load the packaging must withstand (loading, climate, etc.).
It is one of the great advantages of corrugated cardboard that it allows for the combination of various different raw materials. By choosing the right paper grade and grammature, it is possible to produce corrugated cardboard products of a defined strength, which in turn determines the properties of the packaging.

Quality assurance

Technical values

The more reliable the packaging, the more effective the protection of your goods – during transport and during storage. The vdw has developed a quality standard for certain qualities, which in turn was the basis for the development of a German industrial standard for packaging materials and corrugated board. KNAUER carries out all the necessary tests in the laboratory to check that these values are met: Cobbt value, thickness, grammage, creasing test, etc.

Principles for quality management measures

ISO certification

The EN ISO 9000 standards were devised to provide a system for the documentation of quality management measures.

They form a set of related standards for quality management systems and are aimed at harmonising national and international frameworks. Corrugated cardboard is subject to specific requirements and its production is thus controlled by specific quality assurance measures. In contrast, quality management systems are not product-specific and can thus be of similar structure, irrespective of the actual products and industry. Content of the ISO 9000 standards.

The successful establishment and management of an organisation requires clear structures and guidance. One way towards success can be the introduction and operation of a management system aimed at continuous improvement of performance by meeting the requirements of all parties involved in the process. In order to lead and guide an organisation, one requires a range of management systems, including one for quality.

EN ISO 9001 defines the requirements for a quality management system that enables an organisation to prove that its production processes meet the demands of customers and the applicable statutory regulations and helps improve customer satisfaction. This standard describes the entire quality management system in a general way.

The eight principles of quality management

  1. Customer orientation
  2. Leadership
  3. Involvement of persons
  4. Process-oriented approach
  5. System-oriented management approach
  6. Continued improvement
  7. Fact-based decision-making processes
  8. Supplier relationships of mutual benefit

The introduction of a quality management system in an organisation is a crucial strategic decision.

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