Box Basics

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Box 101

  • Packaging is a science. Each industry has its own set of packaging and shipping challenges that require unique solutions.
  • Corrugated packaging consists of liners and fluted material. The wavy fluted material is placed between two liners to strengthen the corrugated material. Flutes come in a variety of sizes, heights and wave frequencies. Corrugated packaging is popular because it’s strong, quickly manufactured and cost-effective.
  • Board styles for corrugated packaging include: single face, single wall, double wall and triple wall.
  • Scoring is a depression put into the board so that the box can be folded easier.
  • Die cutting creates unique designs, cuts, slots, scores and perforations for custom packaging and display solutions.
  • Box dimensions are measured from inside a constructed box. The dimensions are expressed as length x width x depth.
  • Edge Crush Test (ECT) is a standard measurement of box strength expressed in pounds per square inch. It identifies the amount of force corrugated material can withstand and when it will fail.

Resources

FedEx Packaging 101

UPS Packaging 101

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