Axis has a fully staffed, highly equipped Design department that can engineer a custom box structure, corrugated display, point of purchase or retail ready packaging. Our consultative approach to evaluating and analyzing your carton or display needs including new designs or re-designs of existing boxes that will better accommodate your particular size and load specifications, weight, crush testing and shipping requirements.
At Axis Corrugated Container, we aim to deliver solutions that meet all of our customers’ box and container needs. That’s why our design department is fully staffed and highly equipped with everything we need to engineer a custom box structure, corrugated display, point-of-purchase or retail-ready packaging, or any other corrugated product someone may want.
Our consultative approach to evaluating and analyzing your carton or display needs includes creating new designs or re-designs of existing boxes that will better accommodate your particular size and load specifications, weight, crush testing, and shipping requirements.
We conceptualize and create the graphics, produce final art, and generate true-to-life production prototypes that can including custom profiles, slots, and die-cut features.
Our expert box designers use our CAD and laser cut table, ISTA lab, and comprehensive graphics software to help reduce fill voids, ultimately reducing your costs and shipping expenses.
Check out our custom design capabilities below.
Corrugated shipping boxes and cartons may experience significant strain and stress during the packaging, shipping, and storage stages. As such, many tests have been developed to ensure boxes and cartons are strong and durable enough for their intended applications. For example:
- The edge crush test (ECT) is used to determine how much force the corrugated material can withstand being applied to its edges without being crushed. This measurement enables manufacturers to evaluate how well the box or carton will stand up to palletizing and stacking. Our boxes and cartons are available in ECT grades 32, 44, 48, 51, and more.
- The burst test—also known as the Mullen test—is used to determine how much force the corrugated material can withstand being applied to its face without bursting or rupturing. This measurement enables manufacturers to evaluate how well the box or carton will stand up to handling. Our boxes and cartons are available in Mullen ratings 200C, 275C, 275DW, and more.
In addition to meeting the strength requirements for a given application, corrugated boxes and cartons must also comply with any relevant industry or application specifications and standards. For example, ones used for government purposes must be made from weather-resistant grade materials as per federal guidelines. Our boxes and cartons are available in several government-approved grades, including V board, W board, and Class II/ASTM Triple Wall. They can be used in outdoor covered storage, long-term inventory, and high-humidity situations for military and government applications.
Liner Board Combinations
Liner board refers to the cardboard used for the faces of corrugated boxes and cartons. It is available in several variations to suit different container needs. We offer the following:
- Single-wall liner board consists of a single flute layer between two outer flat layers. It is generally used for packaging lighter contents and ideal for making boxes and cartons that will be sent through the post.
- Double-wall liner board consists of two flute layers separated by an inner flat layer and sandwiched between two outer flat layers. It is better suited for packaging heavier contents since the double fluting provides a cushioning effect that helps protect the contained parts/products from shock that may happen during transit.
- Triple-wall liner board consists of three flute layers separated by inner flat layers and sandwiched between two outer flat layers. It is generally used for larger containers, such as pallet boxes, since it can withstand heavier content loads.
The term “liners” refers to the layers of material surrounding the fluting. The type of liner used can affect the aesthetic look and feel of a corrugated box or carton. Our liner options include:
- Kraft. These liners are made from unbleached, natural wood fibers. They are brown, which makes them perfect for boxes and cartons that will be printed with dark or highly saturated designs.
- Mottled white. These liners have a slightly off-white appearance with natural Kraft undertones. They are a good choice for boxes and cartons that will be printed with bright colors.
- Coated. These liners are coated to have a specific color and/or exhibit a specific characteristic (e.g., resistance to abrasion, grease, or moisture).
Manufacturer’s joints are the points at which the two ends of a box blank are fixed together. The three methods we use for this purpose are:
- Applying glue. This method is the most common. The boxes and cartons that undergo it have a glue tab that extends along one end of the box blank. When glue is applied to the tab, it can be folded and joined to the other surface, which forms one corner of the box/carton.
- Adding staples or other fasteners. The boxes and cartons that undergo this method have case tabs. Staples or another type of fastener are used to join them together at the ends, which form each of the box/carton corners.
- Sealing with tape. The boxes and cartons that undergo this method have no tabs. Tape is used to join and seal the edges.
Flute or fluting refers to the wavy layer of material between the liners. They come in various shapes or profiles, each of which offers distinct characteristics that make it suitable for particular container applications. For example, larger flute profiles are perfect for containers that need high vertical compression strength and cushioning, while smaller flute profiles are best for containers that need good flexibility and printability.
We can offer the following flute profiles:
- C flute
- B flute
- A flute
- E flute
- BC flute
- CA flute
- EB flute
- AA flute
- Triple Wall
- CAA flute
We can also combine different flute profiles into a single piece of corrugated board or design custom flute profiles for highly specialized applications.
Custom Designed Corrugated Products From Axis
If you need a custom corrugated product, turn to the experts at Axis. Our broad range of custom design capabilities enables us to deliver corrugated container solutions that meet nearly any customer specifications and standards. Whether you want to tailor your container’s corrugated board, liner board, liners, flute profiles, or manufacturer’s joints, we are here to help. To learn more about our corrugated product solutions or discuss your packaging requirements with one of our team members, contact us today.