When a Box is Not a Box
The corrugated carton is not just a box. Believe it or not, a lot of design and engineering goes into each corrugated box that we sell. Not only is the size, shape, weight and durability of the product to be packaged important but so are the shipping and storage environments the product and its associated box are likely to experience. As time goes on, we’ll be touching on these and other subjects related to boxes, box design and packaging in general. In the meantime, we’ve put together a list of corrugated box facts that should put to rest the idea that a box is just a box…
- A box that is palletized should not be in the shape of a cube. But when palletizing a cube may be a better choice.
- Heavy duty reinforced paper tape is a better box closure than staples.
- A variety of coatings can be applied to either side of a box.
- Sometimes ordering only a few more boxes will save a goodly percentage in your piece price.
- An “end loader” uses less board that a “top loader”.
- DO NOT store your boxes near a heat source.
- Flat bed die cutting is more precise than rotary die cutting.
- Some military grades of corrugated are readily available.
- The best use of corrugated material as a RSC (Regular Slotted Container) is when the ratio of length x width x depth is 2-to-1-to-2.
- Place your printing no closer than a 1/2″ to the horizontal score lines.
- Manufacturer’s Joint: Tape is the weakest joint. A “flowable” product probably requires wire stitches. Glued joints are the least expensive.
- Boxes are made out of paper. Paper reacts to the moisture level in it’s surrounding environment. Low humidity levels will dry the paper, making it feel stiffer and thus stronger. High humidity levels will make the paper feel softer and thus weaker.
- Advancements in technology have led to the creation of large-format digital presses that are ideal for 4 color, small quantity runs of corrugated cartons and displays.