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Box Packaging Glossary
Aqueous coating- An aqueous coating is a fast-drying, water-based, protective coating used on custom boxes. Aqueous coatings are VOC-free and are considered an eco-friendly coating option for custom boxes.

Corrugated fiberboard- Corrugated fiberboard is a paper-based material consisting of a fluted corrugated sheet and one or two flat linerboards. It is widely used in the manufacture of corrugated boxes and shipping containers.

Debossing- Debossing is the reverse of embossing. An image such as a logo, a title, or other design is heat-pressed into the surface of the paper with a heated die, creating depressions rather than raised impressions as in embossing.

Die-cut foam- Custom foam can be die-cut to hold any size object safe and securely in a custom box. Foam is an excellent option for box packaging because it's customized to keep your products safe as well as add a professional element that will reinforce your brand.

E-Flute- E-flute is a type of corrugated flute that is used as material for box packaging. E refers to the size of the flute as there is also A, B, & C flute. The difference between the types is the flute height. E-flute is the most popular size because the flute size is durable, printing turns out better, and because it's smaller, it saves on storage space.

Eco box- An eco box is a term to refer to a box that is customized to be environmentally friendly. An eco box can feature recycled content or be 100% recyclable. Eco boxes can also have VOC-free coatings and be printed with soy-based inks that are not harmful for the environment.

Embossing- Embossing is an artistic technique which creates a raised pattern on a custom box to give your packaging a unique look and texture.

Flute- A flute is the corrugated sheet that fits between two linerboards of a piece of corrugated fiberboard. Different flute sizes include A-flute, B-flute, C-flute, and E-flute.

Foil stamping- Foil stamping is the application of pigment or metallic foil, often gold or silver, to paper where a heated die is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface leaving the design of the die on the paper. Offset printing- Offset printing is a method that uses a metal plate and rubber blanket to set ink upon a form of media. The ink is applied one color at a time where it sticks to specific areas. The printers are either sheet fed or web fed. Offset printing provides a consistent high quality image and is an option Sunrise Packaging offers for many of our products

Polyethylene- Polyethylene is the most popular type of plastic used to make custom poly boxes. In fact, it's the most popular type of plastic period. Compared to polypropylene, polyethylene is more affordable.

Polypropylene- Polypropylene is another type of plastic used to make custom poly boxes. It's is more expensive than polyethylene and is primarily used instead when a high level of clarity is needed for poly packaging.

SBS- SBS stands for Solid Bleached Sulphate. It is a type of paperboard material commonly used to make box packaging. It is the highest quality and most expensive paper board substrate produced from bleached virgin wood pulp.

Screen printing- Silk screening (Screen Printing) is a technique where the printer uses woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil. The stencil has open areas of mesh that transfer ink through the covering. A roller moves across the stencil forcing the ink through the threads of the woven mesh that are not blocked. This method is also known as screen printing, silkscreen, seriography, and serigraph.

Setup box- A setup box is a custom box also referred to as a two-piece box. Setup boxes are great for retail products. An example of a setup box would be an iphone or ipod box that Apple uses for its packaging.

Trays- Custom thermoformed trays are a great customization option for box packaging. They are form-fitted to hold whatever contents are needed to be inside of custom box packaging.

Tuck tab- Tuck tabs are a popular closing mechanisms used in corrugated/fluted boxes as well as custom poly boxes. For poly boxes, the tuck tabs are die-cut into the poly material.

Turned edge- Turned edge is the manufacturing process of taking a printed cover sheet and wrapping it around chipboard to give a packaging product an upscale look. Common packaging products that use turned edge technology are boxes, binders, and media packaging.

VOC coatings- VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. VOC coatings have a high vapor pressure and can be dangerous to human health and the environment.