Most packaging boxes, also called cartons, are made from folding different types of paperboards or fiberboards. The folding techniques also vary depending on the requirements. Windows can also be added to provide consumers with a view of the contents inside. Some also come with built-in locking mechanisms.
Types of Packaging Boxes
Most cartons mainly come in two formats - folding cartons and rigid box cartons.
Folding Packaging Cartons are those which are manufactured from a single sheet board. It can be paperboard, corrugated board or fiberboard. A single sheet is die-cut according to a template and is then folded to make a box or a tray. A very common example of a folded carton is a pizza box where the single corrugated sheet is folded to make the top, bottom and the sides.
The opposite of folding cartons is the rigid box cartons. This is where the top and the bottom parts are separate. This type of boxes is also known as telescopic boxes. Shoe boxes generally come in this format. Clothing items and electronics also use such type of two-piece boxes.
Depending on the material used, as well as the construction, packaging boxes are broadly grouped into five different categories.