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Selecting the Right Box
Successful shipping starts out by choosing the correct size container. A carton that is too small will bulge and not provide space for cushioning of the product. Cartons that are too large will allow movement of the product (which is the cause of most damage during shipping) or will require too much fill to stabilize items.
Style: R.S.C. (Regular Slotted Container)
The most commonly used shipping box is a R.S.C. (Regular Slotted Container). These boxes have flaps that meet in the center when folded. Corrugated cartons’ measurements are shown as L x W x D. The length is the longest side of the box, the width is the adjacent side and the depth (or height) is the distance between the scores that create the flaps. Measurements shown for cartons are inside dimensions. Multi Depth R.S.C. cartons are pre-scored at various lengths making it easy to adjust the size of the carton by cutting down to the desired depth.
Make sure to leave space on all sides and above and below product for cushioning. A minimum of 2" all around the product should be added for void fill such as bubble cushioning or loose fill.
Fold the flaps inward along the carton's width. Then close the flaps along the carton's length on top of the inner flaps so that the flaps meet square in the center.
Use a carton-sealing tape at least 2" wide. Tape should extend at least 2" over the edges of the box.
Make sure to choose a container that can support the weight of the product you are shipping.
Up to 65 lb.
200#/ECT-32 Single-Wall Corrugated
66 lb. - 95 lb.
275#/ECT-44 Single-Wall Corrugated
96 lb. - 100 lb.
275#/ECT-48 Double-Wall Corrugated
Note: These are guidelines only. Weight must be distributed evenly.
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