The best style is determined from several factors:
Size (always inside dimensions, Length, Width, and the Depth)
Shipping UPS or similar or as pallets of finished packed cartons
Maximum weight of contents
Humidity, cold, dampness, or other environmental factors
Appearance to customer (wow factor or utilitarian use)
We will help you determine the most cost-effective design for the best overall outcome you desire.
Most common cartons:
Regular Slotted Carton (RSC), normal shipping box where flaps meet in middle on top and bottom of carton
Half Slotted Carton (HSC), same as RSC but top or bottom flaps gone leaving open
Full-Overlap Carton (FOL), here the top/bottom flaps are the full width of carton, providing much more strength and can handle much heavier contents.
5-Panel Folder (5PF), this carton comes flat, the item is put on the carton and you fold up the sides then the ends and tape closed. This is an ideal carton for long items, heavy items. You get the best of the FOL plus additional protection at both ends.
Trays, single or telescoping, this ships flat and will need the corners taped, glued, or stitched. When one slides into the other to form a carton it is called telescoping style. This style provides additional strength in the corners and is better able to handle rigid or rough handling.
One-piece folder, simple to fold and close, great for pictures, books, or other similar sized items.
Partitions can come fully assembled or separate. An “air-cell” is a space around the contents protected by the partition against accidental damage from rough handling. This is used for fragile or items in glass or liquids in containers. Partitions are commonly used for glass bottles in a case like wine, some beer cartons, 1-gallon plastic bottles, and fragile parts. Many partition and carton packages are used during the manufacturing process and reused over and over.
The Auto Bottom can be used to save time and increase capacity of the packaging line. It can be reused for closed loop distribution like Grainger, Rite-Aid, Kohls, etc. They can be collapsible for easy storage and reuse. Food manufacturers are using this style more and more in their highspeed production facilities. Please see video below for time study on the Auto Bottom.
What is an Auto Bottom Box?
Auto Bottom Box vs. Conventional Box
Pre-Glued Trays (4-Corner Glued Tray):
Another time saving style is the 4-Corner Glued Tray. They are common at larger nurseries for the customer to put their plants into. The strong corners and flat bottom are ideal for this and many other products. They simply snap open and are ready to pack. This style lends itself to display packages where the contents is wrapped in clear plastic film allowing the customer to view without handling at same time. Snack food companies mostly use variety packs with this package for retail sales.
When you have several different items to ship at one time consider a pallet pack. It has several advantages to consider:
It comes colapsed for easy handling and storage
The pallet on bottom is corrugated so easily recycled
It protects the contents from view and reduces the chance of damage.
The package is reusable so great for closed-loop distribution systems or a manufacturing environment.
Base, corrugated, able to be moved with a simple pallet jack:
Body, gusseted to allow folding up during storage:
Trays for top and bottom:
Colapsed for simple handling and storage:
The Pack can be made from most tests and the pallet configuration can vary for best overall performance. They are fully compliant with shipping internationally as well.
Outsourcing the final packaging makes a lot of sense to many companies. We can pack printed materials like this, or apply labels, rework flawed items. Even Reverse Logistics on returned items or pack “kits” of items for distribution such as a repair kit for a mechanical item. The list is endless.