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Box Styles

Regular Slotted Containers

The Regular Slotted Container (RSC) is the most common box style used for shipping and storage. The two outer flaps of an RSC box meet at the center of the box when folded and are usually closed with tape or staples. Corrugated pads can be placed between the inside flaps, when the product requires additional protection over the top or bottom.

The Regular Slotted Container with Variable Flaps (RSCVF) is similar to the RSC box, with one exception: The outer flaps of the RSCVF overlap by an inch or more. This style of box is used when the length of the box is considerably greater than the width and results in an excessively long distance between the end flaps. This makes it desirable to overlap the outer flaps to prevent them from spreading apart. The RSCVF box is usually closed with staples through the overlapping flaps, but can be glued or taped.

Full Overlap Containers

The Full Overlap Container (FOL) is ideal for boxes with relatively narrow widths. The outer flaps overlap the full width of the box making it especially resistant to rough handling. Additionally, the extra thicknesses of corrugated material on the top and bottom panels provide added stacking strength.

Telescope Containers

The Telescope Half-Slotted container (THS) can be made with either a Full telescope top (FTHS), or a Partial telescope top (PTHS). The two thicknesses of material at the sides and ends of a FTHS box provide maximum protection for the box's contents as well as giving the box superior stacking strength. And, the top is easily removed for examining the contents.

Telescope Design boxes (TD) are ideal for products that require an extra strong box. TD boxes are made in 2 pieces: a top and a bottom. The top of a TD box can be made with either a Full Telescope (FTD), or a Partial Telescope (PTD). The full depth top (FTD) slides completely over the bottom providing extra thickness of material on all side and end panels. This provides compression strength suitable for high stacking of fragile items. Both the tops and bottoms are shipped flat. The corners are then assembled using staples or adhesive.

The One-Piece Telescoping box (1P-T), sometimes referred to as a pizza box, is made from one piece of material. The 1P-T has an unbroken top and bottom with two layers of material that form the sides which provide excellent stacking strength.

Half-Slotted Containers

The Half-Slotted Box with Cover (HSC) is frequently used for both shipping and shelf storage, and in applications where the cover must be removed and replaced frequently. The top of the HSC box is a tray style, which usually extends less than 2/3 the depth of the bottom (PHSC), but can be made to extend the full depth of the bottom (FHSC) if extra strength is needed.

Double Cover Containers

The Double Cover (DC) is frequently used for tall or heavy products that would be difficult to lower into a box. The product is placed on the bottom cover, and the center is placed over the product. The two interchangeable covers (top and bottom) of the DC box are tray style and usually extend only a few inches down the center body.

Additional Styles

The Five-Panel Folder Center Flap (FPFCF) is similar to the FPF except the FPFCF is sealed at the center seam on the top. This makes it easier to load products; however, the FPFCF is not quite as strong as the FPF. It is best used for shipping flat items.

The Five-Panel Folder (FPF) is perfect for shipping very long products. Because the FPF has several thicknesses of material on each end, it has a particular advantage when used for packaging long articles of small diameter which might be readily damaged if forced through the ends of the box.

The Tray can be used for inner containers and dividers for parts.

The One-Piece Folder (1P-F) is made from one piece of material and has a flat bottom with flaps that form the sides and ends. The outer flaps meet at the center to form the top. 1P-F's can be made with multiple scores so that one box can be folded to make up to three different size boxes. The 1P-F is used principally for shipping books, catalogs, videos, and similar items. 1P-F's are easy to store, set up, and close.

The Five-Panel Folder (FPF) is perfect for shipping very long products. Because the FPF has several thicknesses of material on each end, it has a particular advantage when used for packaging long articles of small diameter which might be readily damaged if forced through the ends of the box.

Dividers are used to create separate compartments within a larger box to protect small or delicate products.

Scored Pads (S-Pads) are used to create custom inner packing. S-Pads can have up to nine score lines to create many different shapes for keeping products from moving inside a box. S-Pads such as corner pieces, angles, etc. can be made to fill almost any space to firmly hold products in place during shipping.

The cut-to-size Pads are flat sheets of corrugated material. Pads are often used for inner packing, to separate layers of products inside a box, or to provide a flat bottom inside boxes with inside flaps such as RSC style boxes.

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