We make boxes. Lots and lots of boxes. Large, small, metal-edged, ready-to-assemble, standard and custom. Sometimes a project comes along that leaves all of us breathless… and not because of how difficult it was to create.
One customer contacted us with a sketch (see picture) and a story that certainly touched our hearts. He was looking for a box with a cut-out of a Humming Bird and a Flower, together with a Latin saying. It was a gift for his fiancee meant to hold World War I love letters of her great-grandfather. How cute is that?
It took hours of work, both designing and producing this truly one-of-a-kind special box, but when it was finally done, we were so proud of the results and happy to help our customer in his quest for the perfect gift that we wanted to share it with you, our readers!
Introducing… Rudolf, the B-Flute Reindeer, a new resident of our pre-holiday offices here at University Products. Conceived on the world wide web, born and bred on the box-cutting machine in our Holyoke, MA building.
It was such a fun little project to make and now he is absolutely everybody’s favorite! His hide is a nice acid-free blue-gray, he’s strong and sturdy, yet light on his feet. Wait… he doesn’t have feet. Anyway, he’s light and easy to transport, how’s that?
All joking aside, our amazing Zünd G3 custom box machine can cut pretty much anything out of pretty much everything. If you need a custom enclosure (just one, or a hundred) or have another special project in mind, please feel free to contact our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives for a quote (call 1.800.628.1912) or fill in this form and fax it to 1.800.532.9281.
And as a special treat, we would like to give you a chance to win your very own corrugated deer! Share this on your blog, facebook or twitter, leave a comment with a proof-link below and your name will be entered into a drawing which will take place at noon, on Monday, December 23.
Happy Holidays from your friends at University Products and Rudolf!
New exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, “Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: Royalty on Paper” features the best examples of the ways in which European monarchs and their aristocratic followers have been represented on paper from the sixteenth century to 1900. From formal portraits to few pointed caricatures and elaborate tributes, designed to convey the splendor, power, and virtues of the various royals and their courts. The highlight of the exhibits is a giant (it measures approximately 1.5 feet high 8 feet long) print Triumphal Chariot of Maximilian I byAlbrecht Dürer. The epic artwork, dated 1522 (but started in 1518) is really a composite image printed from 8 separate wood blocks created by Willibald Pirckheimer.
When faced with a task of preserving artifacts of such grandeur and splendor (not in the least by the sheer size of the pieces) one can’t help but wonder how hard it must be to preserve it, so it can retain it’s present glory for the generations to come.
University Products prides itself on its ability to provide custom solutions for archivists, museum conservators, librarians and the amateur collectors. From Clear Plastic Enclosures (designed to fit posters and extra large panoramic prints) and Oversized Folders (which can house artwork, photos and really big ephemera), to Custom Sized boxes, our products can accommodate practically any artifact no matter how big (or small).
It was good to see all our neighboring museum professionals at the recent 93rd New England Museum Association annual meeting and conference held in Hartford. Our Ethafoam® cutting and shaping tools drew a great deal of interest from attendees, and they will be pleased to find out that we will soon be adding videos to our website that show these tools in use. Another favorite were the miniature bulk storage boxes we were handing out. They were created on our new custom box machine and were a very popular giveaway.
It was also a pleasure to meet Howayda Affan, the assistant curator at the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Watertown, MA. Ms. Affan was kind enough to stop by our booth to thank University Products for sponsoring a scholarship so that she could attend the conference. She was among the over 800 museum professionals who attended the dozens of panels, workshops, and off-site events.
This is my 20th year exhibiting at the NEMA conference for University Products. It is my final show of the calendar year and always one of my favorites. I’m already looking forward to exhibiting at the NEMA conference next year in Burlington, VT.
University Products has added several pieces of new equipment to its New England manufacturing facility. The new equipment expands the company’s ability to provide custom enclosures and increases the options available to its customers.
The recently installed Zund G3 Digital Cutter allows the company to produce prototypes and small runs of custom size (and shape) boxes, folders, envelopes, etc. without the need of costly dies. This computer controlled machine automates all cutting and trimming functions and works on all archival paper and boards including Perma/Dur e-flute and b-flute corrugated board (see our video below).
University Products also added a boxboard laminator. This new equipment provides the company with the ability to laminate paper, cloth and other materials to its archival quality boards, creating unique and decorative exteriors for custom boxes.
Metal Stay Box Machine
University Products has also replaced its metal stay box machine with new faster and more efficient equipment. They have increased productivity and expanded the colors and sizes of metal stays available, adding to the options available for custom boxes.
No longer do museums, libraries and archives need to sacrifice form for function. With University Products expanded manufacturing capabilities, the customer can get the quality acid-free enclosures the company has always provided, in the exact sizes and look they want.