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Styles of shipping boxes explained

regular slotted container (rsc)

All flaps have the same length, and the two outer flaps (normally the lengthwise flaps) are one-half the container’s width, so that they meet at the center of the box when folded. If the product requires a flat, even bottom surface, or the protection of two full layers, a fill-in pad can be placed between the two inner flaps.   This is a highly efficient design for many applications. There is very little manufacturing waste. The RSC can be used for most products and is the most common box style.

full telescope design style container (FTD)

Telescope boxes usually consist of a separate top, or top and bottom that fit over each other or a separate body. The International Fibreboard Case Code calls these boxes Telescope-Style. The truck and rail classifications call them Telescope Boxes if the cover extends over at least two-thirds of the depth, and Boxes with Covers if the cover extends over less than two-thirds of the depth. The two-piece box is made from two scored and slotted blanks (trays).

Wrap around blank

A wrap-around blank is formed into a box by folding it tightly around a rigid product. The positioning of the product, folding and sealing are performed by automatic equipment. The finished box is essentially an RSC, turned on its side so that the bottom and top are unbroken. The joint, however, is not formed until the final closure.

FIVE PANEL FOLDER (FPF)

A single cut and scored piece features a fifth panel used as the closing flap, completely covering a side panel. The closed box has several layers of combined board on each end, providing stacking strength and protection for long articles of small diameter which might be damaged, or damage the box, if pushed through the ends.

06 SERIES (BLISS STYLE

The three pieces of a rigid box style include two identical end panels and a body that folds to form the two side panels, an unbroken bottom and the top. Flaps used to form the joints can be on the end pieces or the body or both. The end panels are attached to the body with special equipment, usually at the user’s plant. Six or more joints must be sealed to set up the box before it is filled. The name Rigid Boxes comes from the fact that once the six or more joints are sealed, the box is rigid.

ROLL END TRAY WITH LOCKING COVER

Formed from a single piece of combined board on a die cutter, the design features an unbroken bottom, several layers of corrugated in the end panels and a locking cover.

09 SERIES (PARTITIONS) 

Partitions or dividers provide a separate cell for each item in a box. They are used primarily for glassware and other fragile articles. There are an infinite number of partition designs. Only one example design is shown.

PRE-GLUED AUTO BOTTOM WITH RSC TOP FLAPS

The top panels of the box are usually those of a regular slotted container. For a telescope-style box, two self-erecting pieces can be used (International Fibreboard Case Code: 0714). This style would be produced on a die-cutter.