Box Styles and Definitions
Box Styles There are many box styles that will meet most every packaging need. The most often used box styles are shown below. Don’t see what your looking for? Please contact our customer service staff, we look forward to assisting you with all of your packaging requirements.
Regular Slotted Container (RSC) The RSC is the most common box style, and can be used for most products. All flaps are one half of the containers width, so the outer flaps (normally the lengthwise flaps) meet at the center of the box when folded. This highly efficient design with very little manufacturing waste is your most cost effective container.
Full Overlap Container (FOL) When closed, the outer flaps come within one inch of complete overlap. This makes the FOL box style especially resistant to rough handling. In addition, the overlapping flaps provide extra cushioning when stacked on its bottom panel and added stacking strength when stacked on its side panels.
Half Slotted Container (HSC) The HSC is used when an open top box is needed. In addition, when a box with a cover that must be removed and replaced frequently is desired the HSC is used.
One Piece Folder (OPF) The one piece folder is a flat piece of corrugated that is creased so the flaps, when folded up, form the sided, ends and top of the container. This style is frequently used for shipping literature.
Die Cut Item A cut made with a die. Also, the act of cutting raw material to a desired shape.
Dimensions – The three measurements of a box, given in the sequence Length, Width and Depth. Inside dimensions are used to insure a proper fit around the product. Length – The larger of the two dimensions of the open face. Width – The lesser of the two dimensions of the open face. Depth – The distance between the inside surfaces of the box perpendicular to the length & width.
Flute or Corrugation – The wave shapes of corrugated board. The three most common types are: B Flute – approx. 47 flutes per ft. & .097 In. thick. C Flute – approx. 39 flutes per ft.& .142 In. thick. E Flute – approx. 90 flutes per ft. & .062 In. thick.
Corrugated Board or Corrugated Fiberboard – The structure formed by gluing one or more sheets of fluted corrugated medium to one or more flat facings of linerboard. The four most common types are: Singleface – One fluted corrugated medium glued to one flat facing of linerboard. Singlewall – One fluted corrugated medium glued between two flat facings of linerboard. Doublewall – Two fluted corrugated mediums interleaved and glued to three flat facings of linerboard. Triplewall – Three fluted corrugated mediums interleaved and glued to four flat facings of linerboard.