The first thing to know when ordering cartons are the terms that are used in the carton industry. Cartons can be categorized based on the paper that they are made from, how the paper is corrugated and how the carton itself is made. These factors also affect the strength and durability of a carton and are key to knowing which type to order.
What are the different types of Cartons?
RSC stands for “regular slotted carton” and is the typical box construction that results in four flaps on the bottom box opening and four flaps at the top opening. The image below shows a typical layout for an RSC box
HSC (Half Slotted Container): Half-Slotted Containers (HSC) are similar to an RSC, but with only one set of flaps. They are useful when an open-top container is desired. HSCs can be used to create a telescope box. A Full Telescope Box has two fully telescoping sections.
Corrugated fiberboard is a material consisting of a fluted corrugated sheet and one or two flat linerboards. It is made on “flute lamination machines” or “corrugators” and is used in the manufacture of shipping containers and corrugated boxes.
How to select the right carton?
Your carton provider should help you select the right type of carton for your product. So many variables determine the strength and durability of a carton. We’d be happy to help you decide the right carton depending on your packaging needs.
Ordering and Using Cartons
The process of making a carton involves folding carton made of paperboard that is printed, laminated, cut, then folded and glued before transport to packagers.
Cartons are often shipped flat to a packager, who folds the cartons into the desired shape either by automated or manual methods. We are able to help identify the best procedures for our customers to pack their goods.