Corrugated cardboard – the stuff packaging is made of
Have you ever dreamed of flutes? Our packaging experts at Model often feel the same way. Not the beautiful sounds of flutes in a nice symphony – but flowing paper, which is combined in several layers to form incredibly stable corrugated cardboard.
We’ve collected our concentrated expert knowledge for you so you learn more about corrugated cardboard. Read here:
Flute types and their advantages
Technical values of corrugated board
Secrets of different types of corrugated cardboard
You probably use the fascinating material corrugated cardboard almost every day. With your new knowledge of corrugated board, you’re guaranteed to make good packaging decisions in the future – for example when choosing your moving or shipping boxes.
Flute types, shapes and technical values
The advantages of corrugated cardboard
Paper, air, glue. These ingredients ensure the stable lightweight construction of the corrugated board. Several layers of corrugated paper are glued to one or between several layers of other paper or cardboard.
Why is corrugated cardboard so stable? This is due to the shape and arrangement of the fluting. It cushions against external and internal loads, since the pressure is distributed evenly over the entire surface of the corrugated cardboard. This stable construction also occurs in nature, for example in wasp nests. You can find all the important terms around corrugated cardboard in our dictionary:
Corrugated cardboard in detail
The technical values of corrugated board
What must a box made of corrugated cardboard be able to do? It must be stable with a low dead weight, it should be cheap, stackable and easy to use. DIN 55468 defines three specific quality features for the packaging material corrugated board:
- the bursting strength in kPa (kilopascals)
- the puncture work in joules
- the edge crush resistance in kN/m (kilonewton meter)
Corrugated cardboard: The secret to the right variety
How do you find the right corrugated board for your own application? When making your selection, always consider the size and weight of your packaged goods and the shipping route. This results in
a specific flute combination (two or three flute types can be combined with each other, giving the corrugated cardboard specific properties),
a certain grammage and the type of base paper (e.g. the particularly robust type of paper Kraftliner or the cheaper type of paper Testliner as cover paper and semi-chemical pulp for the flute),
a specific packaging construction for the stability of the packaging and the protection of your product.
Would you like expert advice for your specific application? Contact our experts for a no-obligation consultation on the most efficient packaging solution for your company:
The FEFCO code for a better overview
The FEFCO code makes it easier for you to understand the designs of standardized shipping packaging. Because all standard boxes made of corrugated cardboard have an internationally used code that simplifies communication between manufacturers, retailers and consumers. Read detailed information on the FEFCO code here.
To help you quickly find your way around the Model Online Shop, we have cataloged our extensive range of standard corrugated cardboard boxes according to the FEFCO code. Just enter your desired FEFCO number in the search.
It depends on the manufacturer
In addition to standard boxes, companies in the corrugated board industry offer their own optimized types and individual designs, which are developed together with customers, for example.
We at Model have been optimizing corrugated board and packaging since 1882. Since our company was founded, we have valued the highest quality made in Switzerland. Thanks to our modern machinery and extensive expert knowledge, you can order high-quality corrugated cardboard packaging directly from the manufacturer here in the online shop. Of course with the optimal price-performance ratio.
We also make no compromises when it comes to sustainability. It’s anchored in our DNA, because recycled cardboard and paper are the raw materials for our corrugated cardboard products.