The Great Custom vs. Stock Debate

by Todd McDonald on April 2, 2014

If you have ever even dreamt of remodeling your kitchen, the question is bound to come up. Stock cabinets or custom? Either way, cabinetry will represent a big chunk of your remodeling budget. So it’s important to choose wisely. The same can be said when it comes to medical device packaging.

True to their name, custom cabinets provide complete freedom when it comes to design and construction. However, because custom cabinets are not constructed until ordered, they often cost much more and can take 60 days or more to be built and often even longer to be installed. Similarly, with medical device packaging, creating custom thermoforming trays can be the perfect solution for projects with highly unique or unusual specifications However, it is important to keep in mind that when custom tooling needs to be built, lead times and overall project costs are certain to be affected.

On the other hand, when it comes to stock cabinets there are a relatively limited number of options to choose from, but they can be an appealing choice for homes with basic shaped kitchens. Additionally, stock cabinetry can cost substantially less than custom cabinetry and also has the benefit of a very short turn around time from purchase to installation, making them an ideal solution for homeowners with a limited budget or timeline. Correspondingly, when it comes to thermoforming, a well thought out stock tray program for medical packaging can help medical device manufacturers match tray sizes with products without a great deal of additional costs and production time.

There are certainly pros and cons to both choices.

That’s why, at TEQ, we offer both custom thermoforming options as well as a stock size tray program that we developed with a variety of our medical device manufacturing partners in which we have identified and created tooling for the most common sizes required for medical packaging.

What about you? How does your company handle the stock vs. custom debate?

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