By: Berlin Packaging Specialist
Date: October 20, 2019
All Boxes are not Created Equal
Thus, different boxes serve different purposes. Corrugated boxes have walls which are constructed from three separate layers: the inner sheet, the corrugated center, and the outer sheet. These boxes come in single or double wall configuration providing varying amounts of strength. Manufacturers and freight companies use the Mullen Test and the Edge Crush Test to determine box strength. However, the most important factor when choosing a box is the weight of the contents the box will be carrying. Use this Boxes and Mailers Buying Guide for all of your box needs.
Key Terms for Boxes & Mailers
- Burst/Mullen Test: Judges a box's ability to handle interior and exterior forces during handling. The measurements for this test are shown in pounds (such as, 200# Test Kraft Corrugated).
- ECT: Edge Crush Test measuring the amount of pressure a box can handle before the edges collapse.
- ASTM-5118: American Society for Testing Materials - Standard Practice for the Fabrication of Fiberboard Shipping Boxes
- CSSC: Center Slotted Container
- RSC: Regular Slotted Container