Corrugated boxes are a popular choice for packaging thanks to their strength, durability, and versatility. Corrugated boxes are commonly used to ship goods and products, store goods in warehouses, and protect items during shipment. The use of corrugated boxes goes beyond just providing protection during transportation; it also plays a vital role in branding, marketing, and customer satisfaction. However, proper handling and storage are crucial to maintain the boxes’ integrity and prevent damage. This blog provides comprehensive instructions on how to store and handle corrugated boxes in Canada.
Understanding Corrugated Boxes
Corrugated boxes come in different shapes, sizes, and strengths, based on the requirement and purpose. They are made up of three layers – the linerboard, corrugated medium, and another linerboard. Corrugated boxes are classified based on the type of flute, the thickness of the linerboard, and the strength of the box.
Linerboards are usually made from kraft paper or recycled paper pulp, which are strong, lightweight, and easy to print on. The corrugated medium is typically made from fluted paper, which is strong, flexible, and capable of absorbing shocks and impacts during transportation. The flutes come in different sizes, with larger flutes providing more strength and cushioning.
Fluting, also known as corrugation, is a key component in strengthening and reinforcing the packaging material. It appears as wavy lines and is affixed to a paperboard to form a corrugated board.
The outermost layers of a corrugated board are flat sheets of paper. These flat sheets, also known as linerboard, provide smooth surfaces on the top and bottom of the board, which can be printed on and protect the box’s contents. The thickness of the linerboard is measured in terms of its basis weight, which is the weight of a standard-sized sheet of paper. The basis weight of linerboard ranges from 23 lb. to 69 lb., with higher weights providing more strength and durability.
In addition to the physical properties, corrugated boxes can be customized as per requirement with various coatings, adhesives, and printing options. These customization options allow businesses to promote their brand, product information, and marketing messages. However, consulting with a packaging expert is crucial to determine the best customization options for specific products.
Handling corrugated boxes the right way
Proper handling of corrugated boxes ensures they stay intact and prevents any damage during transportation and storage. However, improper handling can lead to crushing, puncturing, tearing, or weakening of the boxes, which can cause product loss and additional costs. Therefore, it’s essential to follow specific guidelines when handling corrugated boxes.
- Use proper lifting techniques – It is important to make sure to use proper lifting techniques to prevent damage to the boxes. Corrugated boxes should be lifted using proper lifting techniques, such as using a forklift or pallet jack. When lifting manually, lift the boxes from the bottom, with both hands and keep the boxes close to your body.
- Avoid dragging or sliding – Dragging or sliding boxes can cause friction, which can weaken or tear the box’s surface, reducing its strength and durability. It’s important to lift the boxes and avoid dragging them on the ground.
- Use proper tools for opening boxes – Using proper tools when opening boxes can help prevent damage to the box and ensure the product inside is not harmed. Using sharp scissors or a box cutter to cut through the tape on the box’s seams is advisable. Using a blunt object may affect the sturdiness of the box and eventually damage it.
- Stack boxes properly – Stacking boxes in proper order is crucial to prevent the boxes’ crushing, deformation, and toppling. Stacking heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter ones on top is recommended to prevent the boxes from crushing each other.
- Keep them dry – Water can weaken and damage corrugated boxes, reducing their strength and durability. Therefore, storing and transporting corrugated boxes in a dry environment is crucial to prevent water damage. Also, they must be kept away from direct sunlight.
Stacking and storing Corrugated Boxes
Corrugated boxes should be stored in a clean, dry, and cool environment to prevent damage from moisture, temperature, and pests. Improper storage can lead to deformation, weakening, or damage to the boxes, which can cause product loss and additional costs. Therefore, it’s essential to follow specific guidelines when storing corrugated boxes.
Proper storage of corrugated boxes is crucial to prevent damage and prolong their lifespan. The following tips will help you store corrugated boxes properly –
- Keep them off the floor – Corrugated boxes should never be stored directly on the floor, as they can absorb moisture and weaken the walls of the boxes. Use pallets or shelving units to keep the boxes off the ground.
- Avoid overcrowding – Overcrowding the storage area can lead to damaged or crushed boxes. Ensure that there is enough space between boxes for proper air circulation.
- Keep the storage area dry and cool – High humidity levels or extreme temperatures can damage the boxes, so storing them in a dry and cool area is best. Use dehumidifiers or air conditioning units if necessary.
- Rotate stock – To prevent boxes from being stored too long, rotate stock regularly so that older boxes are used first.
- Conduct regular inspections – Regular inspections of stored boxes can help identify any damage or potential issues early on, allowing for timely action to prevent further damage.
Protection and Maintenance
Proper protection and maintenance of corrugated boxes can extend their lifespan and ensure their effectiveness. Consider the following tips:
- Use appropriate packaging materials – When packing items into corrugated boxes, use appropriate packaging materials, such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or foam inserts, to provide cushioning and protect the contents from damage during transit or storage. Avoid using materials that can scratch or puncture the boxes.
- Seal boxes properly – Seal corrugated boxes properly using appropriate packaging tape to prevent dust, moisture, or pests from entering the boxes. Ensure that the boxes are securely sealed on all sides to prevent them from collapsing or opening during storage or transit.
- Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight – Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause the box to fade, weaken, or become brittle over time. Avoid storing corrugated boxes in areas with excessive sunlight to prevent damage.
- Regularly inspect for damage – Regularly inspect corrugated boxes for any signs of damage, such as dents, tears, or moisture buildup. If any boxes are found to be damaged, repair or replace them to prevent further damage to the contents or other boxes.
Corrugated boxes are popular for packaging and transporting products across Canada. Proper handling and storage of these boxes are essential to maintain their structural integrity and protect their contents. By understanding the structure of corrugated boxes, businesses can make informed decisions when selecting the correct box for their products. Also, proper handling techniques when lifting and transporting boxes can prevent damage, reduce costs, and improve overall efficiency.
Finally, proper storage techniques, including keeping boxes off the ground, storing them in a dry environment, protecting them from extreme temperatures, and using adequate stacking techniques, can ensure that the boxes remain solid and durable and the products contained within arrive at their destination safely and intact.
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