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Corrugated 101

Here are brief explanations of the most common box styles:

Regular slotted carton (RSC)

On an RSC, all flaps are the same depth and meet in the middle of the opening. An RSC:

  • industry standard
  • has a very efficient design, suitable for most products
  • leaves little manufacturing material waste
  • is the most common box style
  • versatile, economical

Full Overlap carton (FOL)

An FOL has flaps that overlap the full width of the box. It:

  • resists rough handling (the overlapping flaps provide cushioning)
  • is ideal for boxes with narrow widths
  • may consist of a top that fits over or into the bottom
  • has a flat bottom ideal for paper, books, or similar materials
  • is easy to close

Cut out wrap (COW)

A COW is a single sheet with flaps folded to form the sides and top flaps of the box. It is used mainly for packaging single items for shipping.

  •  assambled around product
  • great for books
  • print work

Five panel wrap (5pw)

A 5PW box is made from a single sheet that is scored and slotted into five panels—a bottom, four sides, and a closing flap. It provides excellent protection and strength for long articles.

  •  more convenient to wrap your product
  • pannels, light bulbs

Die Cuts (dc)

Die-cut boxes are cut with a steel rule die that is mounted vertically on a wood frame. This allows corrugated sheets to be cut to any desired shape. Die cuts come in several styles, including:

  • inserts
  • protective packaging
  • cake boxes
  • mailers
  • bin boxes
  • self-erecting boxes
  • product displays
  • pizza boxes
  • trays

...and many more.


Full Telescoping Carton (FTC)

The full telescoping carton is a two-piece box, with a separate lid that slides over the main box compartment. These boxes are excellent for stacking and stand up well to long-term use and re-use. Plus, when combined with colour printing or colour corrugated material, they make an easy, economical display option.

The box’s fully open mouth not only makes it easy to display your product but also makes product insertion easier for more efficient packaging.

Contact our box experts today for a quote on full telescoping cartons.


Half Slotted Carton (HSC)

Like the regular slotted carton, the half slotted carton is a single-unit box. Unlike the RSC, though, the half-slotted carton has flaps on only one side, leaving the other open for easy product insertion or display. 

The HSC is often combined with an FTC lid or tray cover to create a fully enclosed package for shipping or storage.

Ask our box experts for a quote on half slotted cartons. 


Sleeve

A sleeve is essentially a box without ends. A scored board is wrapped to create a 3D rectangle. 

Sleeves can be combined with end-caps to create a complete box, or they can be used as spacers within larger packages. A sleeve can even be fit into another sleeve to create a sliding container. 

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Scored Sheets

Just as its name implies, a scored sheet is a piece of cardboard that has been scored for easy folding. Scored sheets can be used as dividers, wraps, or pieces of multi-part boxes. Scoring allows the sheet to be folded into virtually any shape necessary.

Our experts can give you a quote on scored sheets for a variety of packaging needs.


Dividers

Dividers, or partitions, are grids of corrugated board used to separate and cushion items within a larger box. They are most commonly used to protect glassware and other fragile items during shipping. 

If you need to safeguard fragile products during shipping, ask our experts for a quote on dividers.


Pads

Like dividers, pads are used to separate and cushion items inside a larger box. Though they most often take the form of flat rectangles, pads can also be scored and folded to wrap around items, create air cells, or fit into corners and spaces.

Get a quote on pads to complete your packaging and protect your products.