DID YOU KNOW: Measuring a box

Did you know: The quickest way to measure a box is by looking at the opening of the box and measuring the longest panel first? Using a tape measure, place it in the bottom of the box (approximately one inch from the back wall) and measure from left to right. Repeat the process on the shorter panel. Do measure the depth, fold a side flap inward (until it is perpendicular to its vertical side wall) place the tape measure at the end of the flap and extend it downward until it rests on the inner flap at the bottom of the box.

Did you know: that box sizes are measured using the inner dimensions unless otherwise specified? The size of what needs to be contained determines the inner box dimensions. Those dimensions are usually listed in the following sequence: Length (L) x Width (W) x Depth (D). Box dimensions are based on the opening of an assembled box. Looking at the opening, the longer of the two sides is considered the “length.” The shorter of the two sides is the “width.” The side perpendicular to the  Wlength and width is the “depth” of the box. While this is true for most boxes, there are some exceptions (bookfolds, bin boxes, and divider bins) where the “width” precedes “length” and “depth” in the measurement sequence. Want to start building your own boxes online? Click the button below to do so.

Did you know: Industry Standards

Did you know: it’s easy to tell if a box meets industry standards, just look for the Manufacturer’s Certification Stamp. This stamp can usually be found on the bottom flap of a box, and it identifies the material as being “singlewall,” “doublewall” or “triplewall.” The Certification Stamp also specifies if the material has passed the Mullen Bursting Test or the Edge Crush Test.

The Mullen Test measures the bursting strength of the corrugated linerboard, while the Edge Crush Test measures linerboard stacking strength. Boxes that have passed either of these tests are comparable in stacking strength, however Mullen Test boxes are better for the protection of heavier contents, while Edge Crush Test boxes provide a lightweight carton with good stacking characteristics. Don’t know which to use? When in doubt, always select the Mullen Test box.

DID YOU KNOW: Corrugated or Cardboard Boxes

Did you know: What the difference is between Corrugated or Cardboard boxes? Folks think they’re the same, but any packaging engineer would cringe to hear these terms being used interchangeably. Corrugated boxes are easily identified by their layers (usually three): An inside liner, an outside liner, and a “fluting,” which is sandwiched between. It’s the fluting that gives corrugated boxes their strength. Cardboard boxes on the other hand are simply a thick paper stock known as paperboard. Now you know the difference, and knowing is half of the (packing) battle. Custom boxes are available to build now. Click the button below to get started.

Did you know: that corrugated board is a combination of at least three sheets of paper, collectively called containerboard? The paper layers on the outside are known as the liners, or linerboard, while the fluted or wave-shaped material in the middle layer is called corrugating medium. Corrugated board comes in different thicknesses, depending on the height of the flutes, and number of flutes per foot. Ready to build a box? Build custom boxes online and receive your quote in 24-48 hours. Just click the button below to get started.

DID YOU KNOW: CORRUGATED BOXES

Did you know: Corrugated boxes are a non-toxic, biodegradable product that can be safely disposed of, or recycled? The benefits of recycling cardboard is that it saves oil and energy. In fact, when you recycle 1 ton of cardboard this saves 46 gallons of oil!

Did you know: Although corrugated boxes are fully recyclable, oil and water can easily contaminate the material, rendering them unusable or non-recyclable. So keep those boxes clean!

Did you know: Corrugated boxes do not contain heavy metals or ozone-depleting substances, giving it one of the highest recycling rates (nearly 3/4) in the US?

BURSTING STRENGTH VS EDGE CRUSH TEST

Mullens VS ECT

I see a lot of the manufacturers on the west coast switching to ect as opposed to mullens tested boxes. This was a problem about 10 years ago with a lot of the end users as the main complaint with ect boxes were the actual thickness of the corrugated. It seems that is the first thing they noticed and for that reason they were rejected often.

I have noticed that most manufacturers on the east coast and in the south primarily stock ect board. It looks like the corrugated industry is aimed to move towards ect as the initial source of corrugated testing…. but will the end users adapt?

How to create a custom box?

How to create a custom box? That is the question we get from a great number of buisnesses looking to create custom packaging in California.

To make a custom box you will need to determine what box style is right for you product. There are a few styles to choose from like the most popular custom RSC box. You will need to measure your products length, width and depth so your custom size boxes will fit accodingly. Please remember that the dimensions you enter should be the inside dimensions of the box. Samples are available to make sure sizing is correct. If you want to brand your cardboard boxes with print, we can definitely help you with that.You can go with Kraft custom printed boxes or white custom printed boxes. All we would need is your artwork so we can provide you with a quote on print plates. Artwork should be sent as an AI, PDF or EPS file. Once we get your print plates quoted and made we will send them to production. It usually takes 7-10 days after approval of artwork and sample to ship, barring any setbacks.

So if you are in the market for a printed subscription box, custom blank shipping box or a retail box, please use our Free easy-to-use online tool to help you design your very own custom box the right way.