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How To Choose The Right Cardboard Box

People use cardboard boxes for a number of purposes; from personal to business, from shipping to storage. So how do you know which is the right cardboard box for your needs? We are here to help break down all the different types of boxes available, the different cardboard grades and how to choose the right options for you or your business. Keep reading for all the information you need!

Most Common Carton Box Style

When it comes to the most common box style, you’ll find that Regular Slotted Containers (RSC) are the regular go-to. When you think of a box, you’re most likely thinking of a RSC style box! These boxes have flaps that are all the same length from the score to the edge, with the major flaps meeting in the middle while the minor flaps don’t touch. This is a solid choice for most personal and business needs.

Understanding Box Dimensions

If you are looking to purchase boxes, you’ll often see measurements like this: 300x200x50mm. Box dimensions are always in this order: length x width x height. The dimensions of a box are in relation to the opening of an already assembled box. The longer side of your box is always referred to as the length, and the shorter side the width. This is important to keep in mind when choosing your measurements to order.

How to Measure a Box

Measuring boxes may seem difficult, but once you understand the dimensions it becomes simple! Boxes are measured in regards to their internal measurements, not external, and use length x width x height. Jetbox has a whole blog on how to measure your boxes, read it here!

What is a Die Cut Box?

Die cut boxes, or die cut cartons, are boxes that can be intricately designed and cut to suit a variety of needs. Your items are never better protected than with a die cut box, custom made to fit your products for shipping and storage. At Jetbox, we manufacture our cardboard boxes to suit the needs of any product. Die cut boxes are designed to remain closed without tape, adding an extra element of security. You can check out more information on our die cut boxes here!

Corrugated Cardboard Boxes

You may or may not have heard of the term corrugation. Corrugated cardboard refers to cardboard that has a wavy sheet of material between 2 or more sheets of rigid material, resulting in cardboard. If you want to learn more about what corrugated cardboard is, read our article here!

Different types of thicknesses of corrugation can be used depending on the needs of the cardboard. For example, a large box carrying heavy items will require more layers of corrugation than smaller boxes. Corrugation can also be known as fluting. For example, a single flute cardboard is the same as a single layer of corrugation in cardboard. See our range of corrugated boxes here.

Box Grades at Jetbox

At Jetbox, our box grades are as below:

5C or B – Light single flute cardboard used for light packaging requirements or for products that don’t require additional support.

4C or B – Slightly stronger single flute cardboard used for packing books or paper. Usually for products that can support themselves.

3C or B – Most common board grade usually used for virtually any standard light weight packing.

3C or B Super – Medium strength board that is slightly stronger than the above 3C/B board and can also be used for frozen goods.

1C or B – Strong single flute cardboard used mainly for products that need extra support when stacking.

1C or B Super – Super Strength Cardboard that is mainly used for frozen food products that are transported long distance.

3 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard used for Removal Boxes and products that need that little extra care when packaged or for bulky items that may need thicker board when transported.

1 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard with some of the highest grade board for Superior support and stack-ability. Primarily for items over 30KG.

Custom Made Boxes in Melbourne

At Jetbox, we provide a wide range of custom made and ready made boxes and cartons. No matter the needs of your business, we can create boxes made specifically for you! Gone are the days of having boxes break or arrive being made to the wrong measurements; our friendly staff are experts at box manufacturing, and will ensure your order is exactly to your specifications. Based in Dandenong, Melbourne, we supply boxes to customers across Victoria.

Check out our custom box calculator to see all the different types of boxes and cardboards available! If you’re still unsure which type of box is perfect for you, feel free to ask our staff or go through our website.

Contact us online today for more information, or to get started on your custom box journey!

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Over & Under Runs

Manufacturing processes require machinery to work at quite high speeds. During production, some sheets may be damaged and need to be replaced. In some instances, we cannot replace the sheets at that time and you will be met with a slightly lower Quantity than ordered. This amount will be credited to you.

In most cases though, there will be overruns, as the machinery cannot come to a complete stop in an instant – we require a gradual slow down, which will give us more cartons produced, than what are ordered. These overruns are payable by the client. And taking them also helps save on recycling, which is more sustainable and better for the Environment in the long term.

If you require EXACT Quantities, we may have to make some boxes in a different grade than ordered, to make up your order in the Exact Qty required. These requests will also Incur higher unit costs. This cannot be avoided, as we must consider the recycling processes and costs involved, in helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

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BOARD GRADES

5C or B – Light single flute cardboard used for light packaging requirements or for products that support themselves.

4C or B – Slightly stronger single flute cardboard used for packing paper/notes/pads, etc. Usually for products that self support.

3C or B – Most common board grade usually used for virtually any standard light weight packing.

3C or B Super – Medium strength board that is slightly stronger than the above 3C/B board and can also be used for frozen goods.

1C or B – Strong single flute carboard used mainly for products that need extra support when stacking.

1C or B Super – Super Strength Cardboard that is mainly used for frozen food products that are transported long distance.

3 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard used for Removal Boxes and products that need that little extra care when packaged or for bulky items that may need thicker board when transported.

1 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard with some of the highest grade board for Superior support and stack-ability. Primarily for items over 30KG.