What is the Difference Between Cardboard and Corrugated Box?


What is the Difference Between Cardboard and Corrugated Box?

The term cardboard typically refers to material with very thick, stiff paper, usually pale brown in colour, used especially for making boxes. Typical applications include backings of books, toilet roll cores, cereal boxes, milk cartons, gift boxes and other smaller consumer goods packages.
cardboard examples
Many people use the word “cardboard” to refer to any type of paper packaging. But one thing we don’t realise is that, when we are talking about packaging engineering, we should be using the term, “corrugated.”

Corrugated material, on the other hand, is easy to identify. It consists 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. The most typical applications of corrugated are in shipping boxes packaging, retail displays, pizza delivery boxes and even some retail packaging.

One of the important functions of a corrugated box is to provide crush resistance (product protection) and adequate strength for stacking in warehouses. A box can be designed by optimizing the grade of corrugated board, box design, flute direction, and inner supports. (Click here to understand more on Carton Fluting and Carton Box Types) This comes back to the packaging engineers who would design the corrugated boxes based on particular needs of the product being shipped, the hazards of the shipping environment, (shock, vibration, compression, moisture, etc.), and the needs of retailers and consumers.

Customization of corrugated boxes are available on Yellowbox.com.

Just a snapshot of the types of corrugated boxes available:

Corrugated types

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