The most common box style is the Regular Slotted Container. All flaps are the same length from score to edge. Typically the major flaps meet in the middle and the minor flaps do not.
The manufacturer’s joint is most often joined with adhesive but may also be taped or stitched. The box is shipped flat (knocked down) to the packager who sets up the box, fills it, and closes it for shipment. Box closure may be by tape, adhesive, staples, strapping, etc.
Many other styles of corrugated boxes and structures are available:
- FOL (Full Overlap): A Full Overlap Box is similar to an RSC except the major flaps fully overlap. Full-overlap flaps provide extra stacking strength and edge protection.
- HSC (Half Slotted Container): Half-Slotted Containers (HSC) are similar to an RSC, but with only one set of flaps. They are useful when an open-top container is desired. HSCs can be used to create a telescope box.
- A Full Telescope Box has two fully telescoping sections. The sections may be formed by staples, die-cut locks, adhesive, etc.
- A Partial Telescope Box has two sections. The top telescopes partially over the bottom. Commonly used for holding printing paper.
- A corrugated tray is often used for display purposes or used with a shrink wrap
- Corrugated corner pads can be used for product support and cushioning
- Special die-cut shapes have almost endless designs and uses.
The size of a box can be measured for either internal or external dimensions. Boxes are usually specified and ordered by the internal dimensions.