WE HELP YOU CHOOSE THE BOX AS YOU NEED
A catalog with more than 600 cardboard box formats can overwhelm anyone. This huge range of boxes guarantees finding the model that best suits the needs of each company. However, how to find him? From Rajapack we want to facilitate the task of choosing the most suitable custom box for each case.
How to choose the right size for your cardboard boxes? What information is important to handle to find the ideal model? In this guide we show you step by step the process to follow.
Which thickness to choose: single, double or triple channel?
To opt for one thickness or another, it is crucial to take into account the weight of the merchandise to be shipped. What does “single, double or triple channel” mean? Corrugated cardboard is the most used format in boxes. Its thickness is made up of an inner cover, a sheet of corrugated paper and an outer cover. This sheet acquires that sinuosity by the action of a grooved roller and the use of steam.
Depending on the product to be packed, we will choose the most suitable cardboard for its protection; All these formats have Test Liner Quality, which favors the adhesion of the adhesive tape to its surface.
Depending on the thickness of the cardboard, we distinguish between:
- Simple channel: they usually have an approximate width of 5mm and are recommended for light products weighing up to 20 kilos such as documents, clothing, footwear or packaged products that can be stacked. It is formed by an inner covering of a wave.
- Double channel: to protect merchandise, up to 70 kg in weight, that are resistant to vertical compression such as books, tools, technology, etc. It has a thickness of 7 mm and an inner cover of two waves. They are ideal for fragile products since their reinforced protection prevents any blow from impacting easily inside.
- Triple channel: it has an outer Kraft cover that protects from humidity and temperature. It has been designed for heavy loads of up to 350 Kg that support export shipments and long-term storage. Its thickness is 15 mm and it has an inner cover of 3 waves. They are also designed to protect very delicate products: porcelain, glass, etc.
To easily identify which type of channel to opt for, we have prepared the following table:
What dimensions should the custom cardboard box have?
How big is the product to be shipped?
It is necessary to define the maximum weight and dimensions well so that the packages adjust as much as possible to the product and the means of transport. In this sense, shipments by mail must have standard measurements that add up to 150 cm taking into account the length, width and height. In couriers, the weights vary according to the carrier.
Do the products need additional padding for greater security?
The filling material represents an extra volume to consider when managing the packaging of the merchandise. There are many types of padding and you have to assess how much each one occupies, it will not be the same to fill the box with paper shavings than with foam, which adapts to the shape of the object.
What form does the product have to be shipped?
In addition to the dimensions of the merchandise, you have to look at the shape of each product. For example, telescopic boxes are designed to send flat products (paintings, boards, frames…), long boxes for elongated and narrow products such as fabrics, sheets… or delivery tubes for documents, files and roll-up products.
How much storage space does your company have?
Occupying the storage of your company with a large warehouse can represent a very important indirect cost. For this reason, many of the boxes offer adapted solutions to take up as little space as possible: Variable height or width boxes, for example, can be used for different types of products without having to use more padding or leave large hollow spaces. In turn, the telescopic boxes can also be adapted to different heights, making them useful for various shipments.
Although, without a doubt, the possibility of having deliveries in 24/48 hours of packaging is ideal for companies with reduced storage spaces: It allows them to always have stock of boxes and they only have to worry about replacement.
How to use the box selector, custom box finder
If there are doubts about the measurements of the boxes, a good tool is the Box dimension selector search engine. Simply by entering product characteristics such as weight, height and width, the platform returns search results from among the 600 models available on Rajapack.
Do you need custom boxes with special features?
This format speeds up the packaging process as it assembles quickly with a simple pressure on the sides. A traditional gearbox takes an average of 22 seconds to mount, while this automatic gearbox model takes only nine seconds.
In addition, this type of box has an automatic and reinforced bottom with a double layer of cardboard, as well as opening with a toothed band, and is made of recyclable single-channel cardboard with a kraft cover.
Boxes with built-in adhesive closure
They ensure a clean closure and a unique presentation. In addition, they save a lot of time in the preparation, since they do not require adhesive tape. Among these types of models, boxes with a double adhesive strip stand out, especially in the e-commerce world, since they are designed to facilitate the return of orders: the user can open the package and, if they have to resend the product, take advantage of it. box, closing it again with the second adhesive band. In this way, companies register fewer incidents and users value the brand and its shipments more for the facilities they receive.
Boxes with integrated protection
They are standard size boxes prepared for shipments of especially fragile products. They incorporate protection in the box itself to ensure perfect preservation of the content. Two good examples of boxes with protection are:
Foam-filled boxes: used for the transport of sensitive products such as technology, electronics, etc. The product is embedded within the foam, preventing any movement, and surrounded by maximum protection.
Korrvu boxes: usual in the shipment of mobile phones, tablets, laptops, etc. It is a box with an interior module that keeps the content away from any impact at all times. To avoid any movement, the product is fixed with a film. Without a doubt, a very useful and differentiating box.
Boxes for specific uses
Within the range of boxes available, there are solutions designed for products that require special packaging. Bottle crates are a good example: they include a separator system that is ideal for keeping the bottles stationary and preventing any impact. On the other hand, if the aim is to maintain the temperature of the product, there are also several formats of isothermal boxes.
Height and width adjustable boxes
The variable height boxes, already presented before, are a very useful solution for all those who make packages of different sizes. There are 12 possibilities to make a shipment with a custom box:
There are also boxes with adjustable width that, under the same concept, modify their interior to house more or fewer products. Its operation is based on an adaptable cardboard width. It is ideal to avoid unnecessary filling expenses to fix the products.
Customized boxes with the company brand
Characterizing the packaging is a unique opportunity to show your brand or advertise a message to your customers. There are multiple options and our team is always available to advise you and offer you a quote for your printed boxes.
Cardboard boxes can be customized from 500 units, both in standard and special formats (boxes for bottles, for example).
This didactic guide will help you define in your company the type of box you need according to the qualities of the product to be shipped. In any case, at Rajapack we advise you tailored to find the right solution: all yboxou have to do is tell us your questions!