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A guide to crowd control barriers

Barrier - no entry crowd controlThis guide to crowd control barriers outlines the range of barriers available for controlling and directing crowds and pedestrians. Also known as pedestrian barriers, they are designed to help control and channel pedestrians and crowds to keep them safe, or to stop them entering “no-go areas” – usually for their own safety.

If you are looking to help manage the flow of people through a building, a venue or a site – especially during the social distancing currently in operation – choosing the right kind of safety barrier is important.

Here we offer a guide to what is available, the pros and cons of using them and how to make them work for your workplace, venue or demonstration.

A guide to crowd control barriers

Crowd control barriers are there to guide pedestrians and keep them safe. They are as much psychological as physical and there are a range of different kinds of crowd barriers that can be used, depending on what sort of crowd you are dealing with, what challenges or threats pedestrians face and what sorts of barrier you are trying to erect.

Here is a guide to crowd control barriers and their uses.

Heavy duty metal crowd barriersMetal barriers: great for demarcating traffic and pedestrian zones and crowd control – what most people associated with barriers in their mind’s eye – are sturdy, galvanised metal barriers that have a low profile, being almost flat, but with moveable feet that allow stability when in use or ease stacking when not.

These barriers are ideal for crowd control, demarcation of pedestrians from traffic routes, queue control, events and any public gathering. They are also ideal for closing off areas to which you wish to deny access.

Blow moulded Barriers (HDPE) are a lightweight fencing solution for crowd control, managing queues and marking off roadworks and hazardous areas.

Blow-moulded barriers are great for crowd control and high-vis Made from high density polyethylene (HDPE), these barriers are brightly coloured and have reflective strips to make them easy to spot – so they can be used in day and night conditions, as well as indoors and out. Their British Standard red and white warning markings also subliminally say “no entry”.

Connected together using ‘hook and eye’ links, blow moulded barriers are easy and quick to set up and can follow any sort of path, making for an ideal plastic crowd control fence. They are also rust-proof and recyclable.

The 2m long, 1m high barriers have swivel feet for easy stacking when stored.

In a similar vein, plain HDPE crowd barriers offer a lightweight, corrosion resistant alternative that requires no screws or rivets to fix together, making it quick and easy to assemble and put into place, as well as to pack up and put away again when not needed – making it ideal for both temporary crowd and pedestrian control, as well as the semi-permanent crowd control needed around social distancing.

HDPE crowd barriers are a simple, lightweight alternative

For more flexible crowd and pedestrian control, expanding trellis barriers offer an ideal solution. These all-steel barriers are suprisingly portable and can be readily deployed anywhere that needs to be rapidly closed off, or to allow controlled access.

Perfect for marking out entrances and exits, blocking off hazardous areas to all but those permitted to enter, or for throttling crowd access to, say, a supermarket store, or office, these trellis barriers can extend up to 3.6 or 4m depending on the model. Weighing just 24kg, they can easily be moved into place as needed and slide open and closed as crowd control demands dictate.

Expandable Trellis Barriers

Another alternative are three gate safety barriers. Designed to quickly block-off hazards – though they could too be used for crowd control, protecting staff, or keeping people out of a particular area –  these quick to assemble barriers can be carried by hand and rapidly deployed where needed.

They are also highly reflective and so easy to spot, even in the dark or low-light conditions.

The pros and cons of pedestrian barriers

There are a number pros and cons to using pedestrian barriers. In the socially-distancing world, pedestrian barriers and crowd safety barriers have assumed a new prominence and a new importance.

They are vital to help keep people apart by the government required distance, as well as being essential for helping control the in-flow and out-flow of people from shops, offices, bars, restaurants and any other public spaces.

The pros for using pedestrian barriers and crowd barriers lie in them being a rapidly deployable and flexible – and non-permanent – solution to having to, for now at least, control access to things.

Being able to build a way to channel pedestrians or to keep people apart, as well as – with trellis barriers, for example – the ability to open and close access readily is a distinct advantage.

Another pro is that they are non-permanent, so as needs change, so too can the barrier. For example, as social distancing rules change in the coming months, crowd control barriers can be added or removed as needed.

Barriers are also strong and durable – both plastic and steel versions – although, often their very presence subliminally says a location is closed off, forcing people to follow the path you want.

Pedestrian crowd control

The cons of using pedestrian barriers are that they are non-permanent – which can also be a pro – and that they can need weighting down in windy conditions. They are also great for managing pedestrians and indicating to vehicles where they should and shouldn’t go – they are not suitable as a physical barrier to protect people from cars and lorries.

Crowd control barrier dimensions you need to know

Crowd control barrier dimensions vary depending on the type of barrier being used. Standard heavy duty metal crowd barriers measure 2.5m long and 1.10m high – with infill bars spaced at 12.75mm intervals. This is perfect to keep people at bay, but to also allow them to see where they are going and not form an obstruction.

The spacing of the infill bars also should avoid bags, feet, hands – and even heads – from getting stuck.

Plastic crowd control fencing, meanwhile, comes in 2m by 1m frames, while basic grey crowd control safety barriers come in 2.1m by 1m frames. Both types have hook and eye fixings – with no screws, bolts of rivets – to allow them to be joined together in lines, round bends or to form pens, zig-zag guides or angled fences.

The feet on all barriers swivel through 360-degrees, so that they can be angled to fit where the barriers need to go and to provide maximum stability.

Expanding trellis barriers are 1m high and can expand to either 3.6 or 4m wide depending on the model. As they expand they maintain their height.

Metal vs plastic crowd control barriers

 What are the differences between metal vs plastic crowd control barriers? Metal barriers are offer a tough, corrosion free way to control crowds and are also more suited to places such as building sites where they can offer slightly more resistance to machinery than plastic crowd control fences – albeit they are less likely to be damaged.

Plastic barriers, meanwhile, are more adept at being used to visually signal ‘no entry’ as they can be coloured in distinctive red and white markings as outlined by BS EN 8442.

Plastic barriers are also easier to move around and are better suited to temporary and mobile barriers to entry or crowd control. They are especially good for roadworks and for barring entry on a temporary basis to places such as manholes or liftshafts.

Both galvanised metal and the plastic barriers are suitable for outside use as they all resist corrosion.

How do expanding trellis barriers work?

 Expanding trellis barriers work by using interleaved steel strips – dip painted red and white and reflective – that concertina over one another, allowing the expandable trellis barrier to slide open and shut – up to a length of 3.6 or 4m – without loosing height.

This means that the barrier can effectively be opened and closed as needed to totally block off something to all but those that are allowed to pass. They are ideal for closing off areas such as forecourts, exits and entrances, hazardous areas, forecourts, closing off lifts or stairwells and so on.

They also feature chain hooks to anchor them shut or in place, or to join them to other barriers to make an opening part of a longer barrier.

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For additional advice on the best crowd control, pedestrian management and expandable trellis barriers, our Experts are here to help you find the right solutions and arrange next day delivery. Simply call us on 0800 542 44 28 or visit www.rajapack.co.uk.

How to make your business COVID secure

To make your business covid secure a host of safety measures need to be in place to protect staff, customers and anyone else coming into contact with your business.

As restrictions are being lifted to allow most shops to re-open, many other businesses are looking at getting back to work – but only if they can be COVID-secure.

Covid secure businesses

COVID-secure through best practice

Covid secure best practices – the first step. What measures do you need to take, and what safety equipment, systems and procedures do you need to put in place – and how do you make them run effectively?

So, before looking at what equipment you may need, all businesses need to implement the following best practice steps as outlined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and in the UK, you’ll need to follow GOV guidelines on working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19. If your business can carry out these policies, you can then start the preparations to reopen for business.

Making your business covid secure

1. Signs of the times Cleary communicate to employees, customers and those entering buildings to comply with workplace regulations and adhere to policy.
2. Social distancing tools If your business layout allows people to stay at least one metre apart, make sure that you have the signage to clearly show people where they can and can’t be. Putting these things in place is essential for running a safe business.
3. Facemasks and PPE For many customer facing businesses such as in retail and health industry, an on-going supply of facemasks, shields and gloves will be essential.
4. How to keep your workplace clean All surfaces and equipment need to be cleaned regularly, as well as having a deep-clean strategy in place, waste disposal is also critical.
5. And wash your hands Keeping hands clean is the single most effective tool in fighting Coronavirus transmission, so make sure soap, water and paper towels and hand sanitisers are available as widely as possible, not just in bathrooms.

COVID secure equipment

Signs of the times

COVID secure floor markersWhile washing hands, regular sanitising and the use of PPE are all at the forefront of being COVID secure, overtly reminding people to do all these things is also vital.

Signage that encourages handwashing, sanitising and social distancing – as well as marking out clearly where all these things can be done most effectively is a key part of any COVID secure strategy in any business.

If your business layout allows, first plan where you can place social distancing and covid secure signage. You have to move and reposition furniture. Temporarily place the signs in position, and walk around to see If they are noticeably in view, they control traffic flow and allow social distancing. Then you can make these covid secure supplies more permanent by sticking, applying or tying.

The obvious place to start is to implement simple warnings and reminders for people to keep their distance. There are a range of measures, from floor stickers telling people to stop and stay back, warning tape to keep people alert to keeping a distance, cardboard social distancing workspace dividers – that warn and inform – through to social distancing reminder covers to place over bollards and posts. There are even distance warning seat covers for office chairs to get the message across.COVID social distancing floor markers

Signs encouraging staff and customers to wash and sanitise hands are vital and need to be liberally displayed all around workplaces, much as in the ‘old days’ pre-coronavirus, you would only mark-up fire exits and first aid kits. WHO has highlighted its importance with a whole host of technical info about it.

Social distancing tools

While washing hands and cleaning down workplaces and spaces is the frontline of the battle against the spread of coronavirus, keeping people apart – is the second most effective way to lower that R rate or infection.

To do this, there are many pieces of existing and new equipment in play that can help you, your staff and your customers keep apart by the required distance.

Social Distancing Floor Mats

Stickers on the floor that also clearly demonstrate the safe distance needed, make it easier to help people keep apart in doors. Mats that are clearly marked are one way to do it, while warning stickers and markers that specify where exactly people need to stand relative to one another make it easier still – and that all comes in a handy kit. Or you could use, covid security tape – that can be applied to the floor or even tied up at both ends to furniture – acting as a barrier.

Separating staff and customers can also be done with barriers. Crowd control barriers are being repurposed to help keep people and workplace areas apart during the coronavirus pandemic with great effect.

Steel crowd control barriers can be used to create instant segregation and are modular enough to be moved around as needed. High density polyethylene (HDPE) barriers offer a light-weight alternative too.

For situations where you need moveable barriers or where you want to expand or contract what is being shielded, expandable trellis barriers offer a great alternative. Ideal for entrances and exits, these barriers can be deployed or removed instantly, as access needs to change.

Another novel idea that is now coming into its own is the pop-up cardboard desk: essential for creating new socially distanced workspaces from areas not usually used for desks. If you want to thin-out the number of people in your offices, you may have to repurpose some other spaces and these desks are ideal.

For workers there are high-vis social distancing vests, ideal for those that have to interact with customers or who are out and about moving around places where there are other workers or people.

500mm Social Distancing Warning Tape

Facemasks and PPE

Wearing face masks and coverings is becoming the norm in many countries – with scientists suggesting that wearing masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) could well be as effective or more effective than handwashing.

So what kit is available for your staff?

COVID secure PPE

The basics of PPE that everyone should be using whenever they go anywhere outside of their own ‘bubbles’ are face mask and gloves.

Disposable surgical facemasks are made up of 3 layers; blue 30g non-woven, white 25g melt blown fabric and white 25g non-woven fabric. These are suitable for preventing large particles reaching the wearer and will help deflect nasal and oral aerosols being emitted too. Some can even be reused if heated in the tumble dryer for 10+ minutes or blasted repeatedly with steam from a steam iron.

For even greater antibacterial and particulate protection FFP2 face masks add more protection thanks to their high (N95) filtration rate – making them suitable for various industries, such as health, food, construction and agriculture.

Face shields are even more effective. Made from 440 micron clear gloss PVC, these masks protect the air around the nose and mouth and are ideal for full-on customer facing tasks and for the handling of foods, pharma and more.

As well as masks, gloves are also a vital physical barrier that staff can wear for added protection.

White and blue vinyl and latex and vinyl gloves offer essential hand protection and are available powdered (for easy access) or non-powdered. Remember, some people are allergic to Latex – a kind of rubber – so vinyl can be used with these people so they too can be protected.

Nothing exemplifies the strange times in which we now live more than sneeze guards. Wraparound screens that you can place between staff and customers, these clear acrylic screens can be fixed in place or come has handy portable models that allow for much more flexible use.

How to keep your workplace clean

COVID secure PPE cleaning and safety

To help keep your workplace clean from the spread of covid-19. According to WHO, contamination on surfaces touched by employees and customers is one of the main ways that coronavirus is transmitted, so frequent cleaning is essential.

One way to do this is to do regular and thorough cleaning of surfaces and in all the nooks and crannies on machinery, desks, telephones, computers and everything in all communal areas. Also by leaving cleaning supplies out or making them accessible – ready for people to use.

While deep cleaning is essential, so too are quick wipe-downs of equipment and shared surfaces using heavy duty, single-use disinfectant wipes. Wipes have to be effective at killing germs – bacteria and viruses – so must conform to EN1276 bactericidal, EN1650 fungicidal and EN14476 virucidal standards. These Sanisafe ones are great to have to hand to wipe down surfaces, equipment and even hands.

Industrial wipes are essential for on-going cleaning of surfaces around your workplace, especially when you need to instantly clean and there is no water available.

Tork Hand Cleaning Wet Wipes are ideal as they come in a handy grab-bucket and can be used to wipe things down straight away between deep cleans. Fragrance and residue-free, these silicone free cloths ensure rapid cleaning.

While wipes may be great for on-going cleaning, all surface and equipment will need a regular, deeper clean with detergent. To effectively do this, you need to be able to wipe and scrub, but with disposable towels.

Towels such as these simple, centre-feed economy rolls, are embossed so are ultra-absorbent and can be readily pulled out and torn off. This makes them ideal for cleaning up accidental spillages, but as part of your COVID security strategy they are ideal for wiping down. For even more absorbency and strength there are two-ply rolls, ideal for soaking up spillages or drying hands.

If you want a greener alternative, then recycled cotton cellulose rolls are also available, ideal for garages and workshops. These are just as strong and absorbent, but are made from recycled cotton, rather than paper, so you can be COVID secure while protecting the environment.

Collecting up and safely disposing of cleaning waste is always an important task, but even more vital currently. To do this as effectively as possibly, special tools are available, such as cleaning carousel and mopping pail trolleys.

These allow you to bring the bin to the mess as they are on wheels, compact waste and mop the area with the included Bactiguard twist mop.

For larger premises and bigger cleaning jobs, cleaning trucks with space to compact rubbish, as well as storage for cleaning products also offer a flexible way to have cleaning equipment readily to hand.

And don’t forget you need to also dispose safely of all the used paper and wipes when you are done, so you will need some heavy duty plastic refuse sacks too.

And wash your hands

Handwashing is perhaps the single most effective way to combat the spread of coronavirus – in fact, any communicable disease – and there are a vast array of products available to allow you to make this happen in your workplace.

We have all seen the videos of how to effectively wash hands – while singing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice – but to make this worthwhile means using good quality soap, clean water and having disposable, absorbent paper towels to hand.

Wash your hands

The key is to offer touch-free dispensing of gel or foam soaps, that are antibacterial and, ideally since handwashing is going to be very frequent, so is moisturising.

Soap and soap dispensers need to be installed in as many places as practicable – in toilets and at wash stations. Allowing staff and employees to wash their hands after frequent contact; touching items or being in close contact with items from outside the workplace, such as packages or goods.

Touch-free dispensing of anti-bacterial soap – either foam or gel – is the perfect way to ensure clean hands during the regular handwashing that is needed.

While soap and water – and paper towels – used regularly are a key weapon in the battle against coronavirus, it isn’t always possible to stop what you are doing and go wash your hands. That is why it is also very important to regularly use hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes whenever someone has touched something.

Effective against most organisms, these gels are the first line of defence for you, your staff and customers. Developed for the food industry, where hygiene has always been a by-word, these are taint-free and quickly absorbed. Like the gel soaps, they also have built in conditioner to prevent skin drying.

Hand Sanitiser Gel

Effective against a wide range of common organisms this Hand Sanitiser Gel is also suitable for use in medical and care service applications. Approved to BS EN1500 and BS EN 2176.

Many industries outside of food and pharma will be new to using sanitisers at work, so getting the message across is vital. A free standing, easy-to-see hand sanitiser station from which to dispense it make the job of getting people to use it easier still – and something that can be readily retro-fitted to any workplace entrance.

Don’t forget to dry!

Drying of hands is the oft-overlooked part of the process; while washing neutralises viruses and bacteria, drying on paper towels removes them from the hands. Never have paper towels been more vital to business operations.

Paper towels and paper towel dispensers come in a variety of forms. From simple rolls of paper towels, to centre-feed dispensed towels that come from the centre of a roll, through to pull-feed towels. Each has its merits based on where and how they are to be used, but many towel dispensers all allow for touch-free use (the user only touching the towel they are going to use) thus helping prevent cross-contamination. Also keep dirt, dust and germs off the towels while not in use, adding to their hygiene credentials.

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Triple Wall Packaging: An Overview

Single, double and triple wall cardboard boxes are all designed to fit different purposes and for use in different circumstances. Triple wall is the strongest and most heavy duty of the three options, so what is it that makes the triple wall box so strong, and what are triple walled boxes best used for?

The science behind triple wall corrugated cardboard boxes

The strength of any corrugated box lies within its material and its construction. Standard fibreboard corrugations have two components: the liner board and the medium. The liner board encloses the connected mediums of arched material, all cemented with strong adhesive – the sandwich like construction is where the strength of corrugation lies.

There are 5 types of standard box wall construction: these range from A-flute to F-flute – examples of the formation of A, B flute cardboard and C flute corrugated cardboard can be found below:

Corrugated board flute types A, B, C box flute

A-flute is the thickest gauge of corrugated card, followed by C and then B to F in alphabetical order. C flute corrugated cardboard is the most commonly found size due to it being a happy medium between A and B-flutes. As a compromise it offers good strength but without compromising ease of use or storage.

When making multi walled boxes it is common for a combination of different flutes to be used as each category has different characteristics which can help to strengthen a box. A frequently used combination in corrugated boxes is BC flute corrugated, which consists of one B flute corrugated and one C flute corrugated – it’s usually regarded as a strong box-type and can hold very large items safely.

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Why use bubble wrap rolls when shipping items?

Bubble wrap: fun to pop, but essential for the packaging and shipping of items from tiny pieces of jewellery in bubble bags right up to wrapping up furniture, pictures and even industrial parts.

Bubble wrap rolls

Bubble wrap is an ideal lightweight way to protect goods in transit, shipping and storage. Being on a roll, can be cut to size and used in any dimensions to wrap pretty much any shape or sized item. It can also be used to fill in the voids in boxes, to protect electronics from static and moisture and can be used to line envelopes.

In short there is pretty much no packaging operation that bubble wrap can’t be used in. Here we find out why bubble wrap is so vital and how to choose the best bubble wrap solution for your business.

Why use bubble wrap rolls when shipping items?

Bubble wrap is one of the easiest ways to protect delicate items when storing or shipping them – sticking it on a roll makes it simple. You can just pull and tear off the exact amount you need.

Bubble wrap is one of the most effective forms of protective packaging – not just because it is fun to pop, but because it offers an unprecedented degree of protection, being both shock absorbing and abrasion resistant. It is also lightweight and extremely flexible.

It not only offers great protection, but also flexibility – both physically and in how adaptable it is. It can be wrapped around items, regardless of their size and to some extent their shape. If you get it on rolls then you can cut and tear it to size to fit around all manner of items as you need it.

It is also lightweight and so can be used to give maximum protection, without adding unduly to shipping costs.

That’s why a Bubble wrap roll is a very popular highly-effective kind of packaging for ecommerce. By simply tearing off the amount you need means that you can use just the right amount, making it economical as well as protective.

Bubble wrap rolls offer bubble wrap in a range of sizes, both in terms of how big the roll is and how big the bubbles on that roll are. This can help make sure that you offer the most effective level of protection for the goods you are packing.

What size rolls of bubble wrap should I use?

When it comes to bubble wrap, size is important – both the size of the bubbles and the size of the rolls. Smaller bubbles are ideal for protecting smaller, more delicate items, while larger bubbles are there for scaling up to protecting larger goods, even industrial parts.

Choose the right bubble type

Choosing the right bubble typerap

Choosing the right sized rolls of bubble wrap is important as it has to match the dimensions of the things you are packing. Large, flat picture frames, for example, will need rolls that are wider than the picture frame to give maximum protection for the minimum amount of wrap.

Large bubble wrap and even bubble wrap blankets, featuring much larger bubbles, are ideal for protecting large items such as furniture or for interleaving between items to offer impact protection.

Large bubble wrap rolls come in widths of up to 1500 mm, allowing for the wrapping and protection of large objects.

Bubble wrap packaging

Smaller bubble wrap can be used to mould around every contour of the items being shipped and, for sensitive electronics, comes with antistatic properties to protect not only from bumps and bangs, but also from damage caused by static.

Small bubble wrap comes on rolls that range from 500mm wide through 750mm and up to 1000mm, allowing for excellent protection and tight packaging of items from the very small right up to things that are quite sizeable, like pictures, computers and more.

Additionally, for the eco-conscious age, small bubble wrap made from at least 15% recycled material is also available, offering the usual degree of protection, as well as helping meet environmental impact demands.

Soft bubble wrap blankets offer an alternative way to wrap. These Jiffy FURNI-soft® bubble wrap blanket that combines bubble wrap with a soft non-abrasive woven polypropylene layer that protects furniture and delicate surfaces from scratches and marks.

Jiffy FURNI-soft® bubble wrap blanket

This furniture wrap bubble blanket is a modern alternative to woollen blankets for antique dealers or furniture retailers looking for durable protection whilst shipping or storing. The bubble blanket has also been designed to absorb excess moisture to protect delicate or high value articles and can be reused.

If you are looking to save space in the warehouse – and need to store a large quantity of bubble wrap – then space saving wrap rolls are also available. These 200m long rolls have interlocking bubbles so that, when rolled up, the bubble warp roll takes up much less space, as shown above.

These offer all the usual benefits of bubble wrap, but also can be stored more easily.

 Other types of protective packaging

Bubble wrap rolls and sheets is just one of the many kinds of protective packaging available for shipping, storage and transport.

Bubble wrap has also found its way into lining bubble envelopes that offer an ideal solution for packaging and posting items, and are ideal for CDs, DVDs, brochures, clothing, jewellery or books and are available in a range of sizes. Easy closure with a self-adhesive peel and seal strip.

Bubble envelopes and bubble bags – even antistatic ones – meanwhile are ideal for the packaging of small goods. These come with self-adhesive strips and are ideal for protecting small electrical items and other fragile items that need to be posted – a boon in the ecommerce era.

Bubble bags are lightweight flap closed pouches made of bubble wrap that offer supreme protection, their small air-filled bubbles provide excellent protection against knocks and bumps to your products while in storage or transit.

Bubble wrap bags have a smooth inside finish which ensures products can slide in and out easily without scratching.


Bubble wrap vs foam packaging

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Foam wrap, made from up to 35% recycled pre-consumer resin, is a light, soft way to package and store goods, especially those that run the risk of being scratched.

The wrap, which comes in rolls to be cut to length or sheets to save time, offers a great way to protect goods that are to be then put into other packaging solutions, such as boxes, preventing bumps and scrapes and protecting from surface damage.

Want to know more about our wide range of bubble wrap rolls?

For additional advice on the best bubble wrap rolls and packaging solutions, our Packaging Experts are here to help you find the right solutions and arrange next day delivery. Simply call us on 0800 542 44 28 or visit www.rajapack.co.uk

What postal tubes are best for mailing?

Receiving an unexpected parcel or your online shopping has allowed us to have some access to the outside world, as we stay safe at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Making sure that not only what we use to send in the post to our friends and family, or what is shipped to customers – is fit for purpose – but the item remains intact.

Shipping parcels

Here we find out just what postal tubes are and what to use them for.

Postal tubes are great for packing, storing and shipping everything from posters to oversized documents to even engineering parts and anything that is long and thin. They come in a vast variety of shapes and sizes, including triangular ones that can stack.

They offer a safe and secure way to contain things, keeping dust, dirt and moisture out. They even come in clear plastic to show off your items.

What postal tubes are best for mailing?

Not everything fits in nice oblong postal boxes. Documents, maps, posters and even some more three dimensional objects – long thin ones – all need their own neat way of being stored, transported or shipped: and for these items there are postal tubes.

As anyone who has tried to bend the tube inside a roll of tinfoil will know, anything with a circular cross section offers a really strong structure, both laterally and length ways. No wonder that everyone from the Ancient Egyptians on wards used columns and tubular structures for their building supports.

Egyptian columns show the strength in the roundness of tubes

Egyptian columns show the strength in the roundness of tubes (Image: Needpix)

For this reason, postage tubes offer a nice, simple and above all strong way to store and mail a range of delicate items, being made from thick card and with robust and moisture resistant plastic end-caps that not only keep dirty and other things out, but also aid structural integrity.

What can I ship in poster tubes?

The strength and protection that these tubes offer makes them ideal for the storage and shipping of all sorts of things. Their primary use, however, is as poster tubes, which see posters, large format documents or maps tightly wrapped and slotted inside. With the end caps fitted the items are protected from dirt, dust and moisture, as well as from getting torn, bent, folded and all the other things that can happen to posters and other flat paper items.

However, posting tubes aren’t limited to just handling posters. Anything that is also long and narrow, that can withstand being rolled and that fits into the wide range of sizes of tubes available can be posted, shipped or stored in a tube.

Brown cardboard postal tubes

Poster tubes come in a range of size, accounting for both length and different diameters to accommodate a wide variety of posters, documents and more. They also come in a range of thicknesses, from lightweight ones through to tubes made from 3.5mm thick heavy-duty card, which are super sturdy and tough.

It is important to remember when choosing the right tube length that you also allow space for the end-cap, which can take up several centimetres of the tubes length.

Are cardboard tubes safe?

Cardboard tubes are ideal for storage and transport of delicate items such as oversized documents, posters, maps and more. They are also very safe.

With plastic ends affixed, these tubes are pretty tough when it comes to stacking and shelving, as well as when sent through the post of courier networks – even overseas.

Unlike most plastic end caps, tamper-evident ones are designed to fit flush to the end of the tube and can only be removed by breaking the perforated area around the top of the tube. Once broken, the cap is still intact enough to prevent damage to the contents and to keep them secure, but if someone has tried to open it in transit, it is clear from the damage at the top of the tube.

And to keep all everything super safe, you can even get spare end caps, so that you can keep reusing the tubes even if the ends caps get damaged or lost.

What are the best tubes for posters?

Of course, the main use of packaging tubes is as tubes for posters. Any ecommerce business that sells things like posters or maps or even rare or valuable documents needs to use a postal tube – not just for the post, but also to take things home in from a store.

The best tubes for posters are those that are long enough to accommodate the posters longest length (plus a bit to allow for the end caps) and of a suitable diameter so that means the poster or document being put in isn’t would too tightly, as this can lead to the kind of creasing you are seeking to avoid by using the tube in the process.

Clear plastic postal tubes

To make a real impact with your posters, there are also clear plastic tubes that show off what is inside. Made from lightweight polypropylene, these tubes screw together and are much more water-resistant. They are also great for being reused, so are ideal for storage – especially of special items such as maps.

Brown triangular postal boxes

Packaging tubes don’t have to be round. Triangular section postal tubes are made of thick card and offer an extra level of protection to things like posters and parts. They also have the added advantage that they can be stacked more easily and won’t roll all over the place.

Extra-large sizes of triangular tubes up to 1100mm in length make these long postal boxes ideal for industrial plans or blueprints, or for long or cylindrical parts. Quick to assemble, such postal boxes are constructed by folding along the pre-creased grooves and sealed with a tough self-adhesive strip, with no need for glue or tape.

What can you reuse postal tubes for?

Aside from being really perfect for the shipping and storage of blueprints, posters, documents and even engineering parts, postal tubes also have an excellent ‘second life’. Why not Get crafty and creative with postal tubes!

Want to know more about our wide range of postal and poster tubes?

For additional advice on the best poster and postage tubes, our Packaging Experts are here to help you find the right solutions and arrange next day delivery. Simply call us on 0800 542 44 28 or visit www.rajapack.co.uk.

 

COVID-19 Social Distancing Safety Products

At RAJA we are creating COVID-19 social distancing safety products, a dedicated new range of Coronavirus safety and security products to help you follow social distancing regulations. We are continually developing our COVID-19 protection products shop with protective and preventative equipment to help you stay safe – so keep checking the website! Here are some of the new products added to the RAJA packaging range.

Social Distance Floor Markers, also available Social Distance Floor Marker Kits

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Types of edge and corner protectors

When it comes to transporting products we all want our goods to arrive in perfect condition. If palletised or stacked, packages can be particularly vulnerable as their square edges and corners are particularly exposed to bruising or crushing. But help is at hand: as part of the wide range of packaging materials available to retailers and shippers are a plethora of edge and corner protectors.

From foam corner protectors to sturdy cardboard edge protectors, there are a vast array of solutions to this problem, both in standard and non-standard size. Here we take a look at what is on offer and how best to use them.

Types of edge and corner protectors

There are a wide range of edge and corner protectors designed to suit the needs of the wide variety of packages stacked and wrapped, palletised and shrink wrapped. Let’s start at the corners, as these are particularly prone to bangs and bashes as boxes are stacked and moved around and loaded against each other for transit purposes.

Foam U profile edge protectorsCorner protectors can be made of either cardboard or foam. Corner foam can be either a simple ‘U’ shape corners protectors or, more elaborately, full corner protectors design to protect in three dimensions, each designed for very specific uses

U shaped foam corner protectors are designed to grip tables, shelving, wooden boards or furniture for added protection during transit or storage. They are strong and absorb small impacts, as well as being temperature resistant between -40 and +100ºC.

3D foam corners, meanwhile, are designed to provide protection and extra support to the corners of boxes and palletised goods. They are simple to pop on the corners and are non-abrasive.

Both these and the ‘U’ shaped foam corner protectors are made from closed cell polyethylene foam, CFC and HFC free. They are also 100% recyclable.

How do edge protectors work?

Edge protectors, meanwhile, have a very different role to play. They are similarly used to protect the edges of boxes and palletised boxes from bumps and bashes, but they can also beused to protect the boxes from the fixings used to hold boxes together and on the pallets themselves.

General purpose edge protectors protect and strengthen stacks of boxes

They are also used to add structure and strength to palletised boxes, especially under shrink and film wrap. Together with the fixings and the wrap, these cardboard or foam edge protectors add structure and stabilise loads, so that not only are the goods protected from knocks and bangs, but won’t collapse under their own weight or puncture the cardboard when being moved.

Also available are edge protectors that are used to help support strapping and fixings. These come in both cardboard and moulded plastic, with the plastic offering able to both protect the package from the force of the strap as well as holding the strap securely in place, preventing potentially dangerous movement of the packages.

White card protectors such as moisture resistant edge protectors, also have their specialist uses. While affording protection to stackable pallet loads and held with fixings, these moisture resistant, poly-coated white paper protectors are ideal for use where the pallets are to be stored in cold and/or damp locations for a period of time, such as in a cold store.

These moisture resistant edge protectors stabilise, protect and reinforce unsteady or variable pallet loads during transport and storage. Keeping their strength in humid conditions they can also be used to add reinforcements to cartons.

How do corner protectors work?

Where edge protectors protect from knocks, fixings and add structure, corner protectors are very specifically designed to protect the corners of items such as tables, worktops, shelves and other ‘flat’ goods that have pronounced and often sharp corners.

Table corner protectors can be either plastic or foam and simply slip over the edges of the corners and prevent bumps. Foam corners grip the surface of the table and protect both the table and those handling it from sharp edges.

One solution for tables, worktops and other furniture corner protection are expanding corner protectors, that can stretch from 20 to 40mm and so can handle non-standard sized items.

Similarly worktop corner protectors are vital to preventing these expensive and often bespoke pieces of wood, stone or metal from getting damaged during routine handling. With worktops costing many hundreds – sometimes thousands – of pounds, preventing them getting bashed or chipped; damage that could write off the whole piece.

Heavy duty pallet racking protectors - corner protectors can also be used for safety

As we have seen, there is also a need for safety corner protectors, where the corner protectors not only protect the goods, but also protect those handling the goods.

While heavy duty pallet racking protectors protect vulnerable pallet racking uprights and end-frames from damage from fork lift trucks, protect corners of buildings and doorways and can be put around machines, more simple foam and plastic protectors popped on the ends of shelves and other goods stop personnel hurting themselves when handling the goods.

Foam corner protectors vs cardboard corner protectors

So where do you use foam corner protectors and where do you use cardboard corner protectors? Foam corner protectors are ideal for use where edges aren’t straight, as they are flexible as well as strong. Their ‘spongey’ consistency also makes them ideal for adsorbing small impacts and are good a gripping the surfaces of things that are made from glass, such as pictures, mirrors and glass table tops.

Foam protectors can also be coloured, offering warnings or indications of the nature of the goods being protected – as well as making sure it is clear they have to be removed for use.

Cardboard edge protection, meanwhile, is used for protection but is often more useful for handling pressure points under fixings and strapping, as well as providing additional structure, strength and stability to packages. It too can be coloured or have warnings printed on it, but typically is used in its natural state.

Some other corner protectors

There are a number of other cardboard and foam protectors available for pallets, packages and non-standard shaped goods.

Cardboard pallet corners are ideal for added protection for the corners of square palletised goods in warehouses and during transit. Solid and shockproof these carton protectors are ready to use, just apply to the corners of your product.

L profile cardboard corner protectors ideal for individual boxes

L-shaped cardboard edges are ideal for protecting individual boxes, both from damage and from fixings. They are also ideal for non-standard sized and non-palletised items.

Standard extruded mesh sleeves ideal for really delicate items for the added protection

Often used in conjunction with other protective materials, extruded mesh sleeves are ideal for protecting very delicate objects before they are boxed up. They are strong, flexible, colourful and ideal for glassware.

Self-adhesive blocks prevent movement in boxes

Self-adhesive foam blocks are protective pads that stick to the inside of cartons and protect the contents from movement or damage. Supplied in sheets one surface has a permanent adhesive protected with a peel off backing. The foam pads are pre-scored; just snap them off the sheet.


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Large cardboard boxes vs small cardboard boxes: what are the benefits?

The benefits of getting the right sized box are clear: your goods will fit snuggly in, will be well protected and ready to be stored, transported, posted or archived. Here we take a look at what kinds of cardboard boxes are available in what sizes, how to choose the right ones for storage, postage or archiving and take a look at the benefits of large boxes and small boxes.

Small and big cardboard boxes

Large cardboard boxes vs small cardboard boxes: what are the benefits

The chief benefit large cardboard boxes have over small ones is that you can put many small cardboard boxes inside large boxes, shipping smaller items in bulk and giving the goods therein the protection of, essentially, two boxes.

However, large boxes and small boxes come in a wide variety of not only sizes but also formats and sizes, each designed to offer the perfect storage and/or transport solution based around the goods being shipped.

Naturally, for large and bulky items, you will need a large cardboard box – triple walled cardboard boxes. It’s great if, say, you have engine parts to dispatch.  Similarly, 700mm double-walled boxes are designed to stack on pallets – they are standard Euro sized – and are ideal for the storage or transportation of all those items in smaller boxes.

Small boxes on the other hand have a varied array of uses. These come in a variety of sizes and can have reasonably secure lids – making them ideal for sending items through the post, as well as for packaging, storage and, as we shall see, archiving.

How do you store any item safely in archive boxes?

Storing items safely in archive boxes is a vital part of any business. Even in the digital era, it is essential to keep hold of paperwork pertaining to everything from tax to HR to publications and more – and this specific form of storage requires a specific form of box: the archive box.

Archive boxes are designed to be sized to accommodate the standard kinds of paper used in modern offices and, with their sturdy construction and closable lids are ideal for keeping out moisture, damp, dirt and dust – as well as stopping sunlight damage fading what is written on the paper.

To safely store items in archive boxes, you need to choose a box that fits your needs – so for easy access archive box folders have a closable lid and a finger hole for easy access. They can take A4 pages up to around a ream and are ideal for storage on shelves.

For archiving these box folders – for when they are no longer containing current paperwork that you need ready access to, but which you still need to keep – there are a range of cardboard archive boxes that can hold up to five archive files at a weight of 20kg. These have a closable lid offering great protection and handles for easy storage and retrieval.

Also in the pantheon of archiving boxes are Bankers Box transfer files, which are ideal for accessing information and publications that are needed often. They can be easily labelled and shelved and have easy access for users. Bankers Box transfer files can also be archived, in special Bankers Box two-piece cardboard archive file boxes, which are also ideal for storing lever-arch files, ring binders and foolscap magazines. Remember always label your boxes so that you – and others – knows what is where.

For all other archiving demands – from lose papers, to files to magazine and more – there are Snapcase two-piece cardboard archive boxes, which are designed to allow for maximum storage and easy access. They come with handles and a strong base so are ideal for moving things around and the sturdy lid adds protection. And lids are really important, as we shall see shortly.

What are the best boxes for postage?

Thanks to the growing hunger for buying things online, the cardboard box is most popular, and is the most practical – you can buy specialist boxes for postage. The best boxes for postage have to offer a range of things: they have to offer strength and protection for the goods inside, they have to be durable enough to withstand handling and transit, they have to be tough enough not to come apart when being bumped and they have to provide ample space for labelling for addresses and postage franking.

What are the best boxes for storage

With this in mind, there is quite a choice to be made when looking for a box for postage for your items.

The basic postal box is made from ridged flute corrugated postal board, which offers strength and protection for the goods inside when in transit. They also have an easily closed, locking flap that is secure, as well as neat and smart looking. These boxes offer all that you could hope for in a postal box: strength, durability and a sealed lid.

With the growth of ecommerce, ever more complicated and unusual things are being mailed, so postage boxes also come not just in a range of sizes, but also in a range of formats. For starters there are flat ones, made of the same tough corrugated card, designed for anything flat – and can be a great alternative to mailing bags.

Find the right sized box

Book boxes, meanwhile, are specifically designed for the postage of books, complete with sealable flap and sides to protect the books in transit.

If you are looking to post delicate items such as mugs or electronic devices, glass ware or ceramics then you need to choose postal boxes that will offer added protection. This is where foam-lined postal boxes and deluxe crash-proof postal mug boxes come in to play.

Foam lined boxes have a strong cardboard outer layer, but inside is lined with non-abrasive polyurethane foam that will completely surround what is in the box. Giving it excellent protection from the rigours of postage.

Mug boxes, meanwhile, not only have a crash-lock base, but also an inner cardboard fitting that holds the mug in place throughout the postal process with no need for void fill.

If you need a large box for posting then you need to choose a triple walled, corrugated box which provides delicate items with the shockproof, robust protection they need in the post.

One of the downsides of ecommerce is that things sometimes need to be sent back – and quick pack returnable boxes with adhesive strips are ideal for this. They offer easy and fast assembly, simply push the opposite corners towards each other and the base flaps lock together automatically. These strong and secure crash-lock base boxes close with an adhesive strip so there is no need for tape or glue.

The boxes are easy for customers to open and re-seal; simply pull the tear strip to open then secure the box using the second adhesive strip and it is ready to be returned.

Sometimes a postage box needs to be, well, not a box. For flat items such as maps or charts, textiles or prints, or long or cylindrical objects, postage tubes offer a great postage solution – they are strong both laterally and longitudinally and come with a tough plastic end cap that protects the ends and adds strength to the whole tube.

The benefits of cardboard boxes with lids

While end caps are essential to the integral strength of a postal tube, cardboard boxes with lids also offer many benefits for those looking to post, transport and store items. Cardboard boxes with lid features are ideal for storage, postage and transit as the lid protects the items inside from impact, moisture, dust and dirt. It also stops things falling out.

Having a lid on your box also means that you can stack them on top of the other. The lid also provides an ideal canvas in which to write what the contents is or to put an address label or postage franking if it is for posting.


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Storing items in extra-large cardboard boxes

Extra large carboard boxes have to be innately strong to support themselves and to handle the kind of heavy loads that you want to store or transport in them. For this reason, extra large cardboard boxes are constructed from triple walled, corrugated card and can handle loads of up to 500 kg – the weight of a small cow.

It is best to pick large cardboard boxes that come in Euro or Chep/UK pallet sizes, as this makes them much easier to store and transport en masse. They are also strong enough to with stand the strapping needed to palletise such boxes, especially if you put strapping protectors on them.

These boxes are the expert’s choice when shipping large goods such as machine parts, domestic appliances, builder’s tools and construction products.

The best shipping boxes to use for certain items

Increasingly in the ecommerce era the packaging is as important as the goods contained therein. Not only does the box in which goods are shipped protect the items in transit, but also can offer part of the experience of receiving the item itself – especially if it is a gift for someone else.

So join us as we take a look at what kinds of shipping boxes and gift boxes there are for everything from everyday objects to special gifts such as books, mugs, pictures and more.

The best shipping boxes to use for certain items

Ecommerce has seen something of a resurgence in the fortunes of the cardboard box. Getting goods ordered online to where they need to go requires the best shipping boxes, which come in all shapes and sizes, to both protect the goods in transit and, increasingly, to offer a nice ‘unboxing’ experience for the recipient.

From book boxes designed to accommodate the latest in publishing, to mug boxes and picture boxes, packaging for shipping is now spoiled for choice. So how do you choose?

What is available runs from simple flat cardboard boxes for everything from magazines to more delicate items such as electronics right through to specialist boxes for things like computers or keyboards through to bespoke packages designed for much more specific purposes.

These boxes come in a range of sizes, but can also be used with packaging materials to further protect the goods and help them fit snuggly in the box.

But the humble cardboard box is more complex than you may imagine. While they come in standard sizes as seen, they also come in a variety of other forms to make packing – and unpacking– goods slightly easier for both the shipper and the customer.

Double wall, flat telescopic cardboard boxes

Telescopic boxes offer flexible ways to package

For example, there are telescopic boxes which feature a main body with a lid that slides over it. This allows for the packaging of items that are of non-standard sizes and shapes, as well as meaning that package and shippers need only minimal different types of boxes for a wide range of goods.

However, these are just the beginning: for specialist products, or to offer a good fit, there are many other boxes to choose from.

What are the different types and sizes of book boxes? 

Book boxes designed to get tomes delivered in mint condition

Amazon started in Jeff Bezos’ garage back in 1994 – at number 5, Bellevue, Washington on 5 July 1994 to be precise – selling books. And today, books remain a large part of what is send through the mail. To protect these valuable and beautiful things there is a growing range of bespoke book boxes that are specially designed to make sure your rom-coms, classics or reference works arrive in mint condition.

The different types of book boxes available are designed around basic book sizes – as well as accommodating CDs, DVDs and box sets – while offering some flexibility as to the thickness of the book or box set.

As well as this there are a range of ways that the boxes can be sealed shut.

Book boxes are cleverly designed one-piece cardboard contraptions that fold beautifully over the book to make it easy to package up and just as easy to undo when it arrives.

Thanks to its clever design, these boxes can adjust in height to accommodate a single book or multiple books, as well as single or multiple CDs or DVDs, boxsets and more.

Brown book boxes

Book boxes can be glued, taped or strapped together

Sealed closed with an adhesive strip, glue, tape or strapping, book boxes are secure and tough for postal or courier transportation, offering shock protection, especially on the corners. And no one wants a book with bent corners, do they?

Brown book boxes with adhesive strips and red tear strip

Self-adhesive tape on book boxes makes them easy to seal

Some book boxes come with their own adhesive tape built in, making it even easier to assemble them around the goods being shipped and stuck down.

What are the best shipping boxes for pictures?

Shipping pictures comes with its own set of challenges and picking the best box for your pictures depends on their size and shape.

Shipping boxes for pictures are another specialist box that again is designed to protect very fragile items. Flat and often self-sealing, these boxes are designed to protect pictures – which feature delicate glass, wooden frames and often delicate paper prints – on the move.


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Similar in design to book boxes, shipping boxes for pictures are one-piece cardboard constructions that fold over the goods – again with some flexibility as to thickness of the picture frame – that offer excellent shock and scratch protection.

These packing boxes for framed pictures, too, can be self-sealing or can be sealed using tape or strapping to hold them closed until the recipient is ready to open them up.

What are the different types of cardboard gift boxes?

As said, increasingly the packaging in which things are delivered – especially gifts – is all part of the unboxing experience: not least if it is an actual gift ordered by one person and sent to another.

Cardboard gift boxes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, colours and styles to suit a wide range of gift giving.

Jewellery gift boxes

Cardboard jewellery boxes add a touch of class

One of the most obvious gifts that finds itself inside a cardboard gift box is jewellery. Cardboard jewellery boxes offer protection, but with tastefully coloured card and lined with linen and padded packing, these boxes are ideal for not only protecting the items in transit, but presenting them beautifully when they arrive where they are heading.

Luxury magnetic wine gift boxes

Wine is also a gift – and there is a box perfect for that

But not all gifts are jewellery shaped. Wine is also being sent as a gift, along with all manner of other things – and there is wide range of gift boxes to suit all these lovely things.

Pillow gift boxes

Pillow gift boxes for small delicate items

But how do you seal these elegant boxes closed? Tape and strapping may be secure, but could spoil the elegant effect you are going for. To solve this problem, many gift boxes now have magnetic seals built in.

Magnetic gift boxes

Gift boxes come with magnetic seals to avoid using tape and straps

These boxes have a flat magnet on their lid flap and a flat metal plate built into the face of the box, so that when the lid is closed it seals shut with enough force to keep it closed in transit, but not so tight that it can’t be popped open by the lucky recipient.

When is the best time to use a mug box?

Easifold, fast assembly mug postal boxes

While we all like to get jewels, wine or other lovely gifts, there is also a roaring trade in mugs and mug boxes have been specially created to make sure these fragile, ceramic items can be transported safely and securely.

The best time to use a mug box is when trying to ship such a mug. Increasingly, with the commoditisation of printing, people can have also sorts of fun things printed on mugs and this roaring trade has been boosted greatly by ecommerce.

But there is a choice to make when looking at which mug box to use for your product.

Deluxe crash-lock postal mug box

Deluxe crash-tested boxes for mug are also available

Like book boxes and shipping boxes for framed pictures, mug boxes are easy to fold around their prized content and have been specially designed and tested with a double thickness base, triple thickness sides to protect fragile handles and rims, and reinforced corners to defend against knocks in the post.

For extra protection there are other specially designed boxes that features a crash-lock base, as well as an inner cardboard fitting that holds the mug in place obviating the need for void filling packaging material.

 


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Types of cardboard packing boxes

Cardboard packaging boxes and flat pack boxes are a staple of the warehousing, transport and export function of any business. But there is more to the humble cardboard box than you’d think. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, can handle a variety of weights and some even come with their own pallets attached.

So which box types suit your needs and how do you choose? Read on.

Types of cardboard packing boxes

Cardboard packaging boxes and flat pack boxes are a staple of the packaging industry. Mention ‘packaging’ to most people and they think boxes. However, they are more interesting – and useful and varied – than you might think. And getting the right box for your storage needs is crucial.

Getting the right kind of box for your business can help smooth processes, protect your products, expedite storage and, if you are using branded postal boxes to send out your goods, create the right impression about your company. So, choosing the right kind of box is more important than you think.

Cardboard packaging boxes come in a variety of shapes, sizes and can be made of a variety of materials and constructions methods depending on how they are going to be used. They also throw up the issue of what types of tape and other fixings are needed to seal them, as well as coming with a range of inserts to allow for packaging specific items, such as bottles.

There are even a range of accessories such as wheels and handles to make storing and moving goods packaged in boxes easier. So how do you choose?

Cardboard packaging boxes

Single walled (left), double walled (centre) and triple-walled (right) ‘standard’ storage boxes

First of all there are a wide variety of boxes to choose from. At RAJA we offer a  ‘standard’ box, which comes in a range of sizes as well as being singledouble or triple-walled depending on what you need to store and how, as we shall come to. Triple-walled boxes are also known as loading cases and are really tough.

White cardboard boxes

Single (left) and doubled-walled white boxes really stand out

There are also ranges of boxes with single, double and even triple walled boxes that come in white, that stand out and are excellent for getting your consignments noticed or for when you really need handling instructions to be obvious.

Flat cardboard boxes

Flat packaging boxes offer a more tailored fit for a wide range of items

For more tailored needs and to pack a more diverse range of products, such as picture frames, mirrors, gifts, computers and industrial equipment, cardboard boxes come in a variety of shapes and dimensions, including many ‘flat’ boxes.

Extra-large flat cardboard boxes

Flat boxes are great for postal deliveries of delicate and slim items

Many of these flat boxes are the kind of thing that many shoppers will be familiar with as what their goods arrive in when ordered online. One piece flat cardboard boxes  are designed for slim products and, with the item placed in the centre and the flaps wrapped around, theses boxes leave an extended edge that provides impact resistance and corner protection.

Double wall, flat telescopic cardboard boxes

Telescopic boxes offer another tailored way to pack special items for storage or post

For the storage or transportation of items of varying sizes, telescopic boxes offer an ideal solution. Made up in two parts, with a lid that slides over a base, these boxes are great for accommodating different sized products as the lid can be slid as far down as required, always providing great protection for what’s inside. They look good too and, for postal items, offer a more novel unboxing experience.

Triple wall, cardboard export boxes

Strong, triple-walled storage boxes are ideal when exporting

Do I need strong packing boxes?

While there are a variety of different sizes, shapes and finishes of cardboard packaging boxes, one of the main questions asked of flatpack boxes is how strong they are – or moreover, how strong do they need to be for a particular job.

Triple wall, cardboard export boxes

Strong boxes are used for transport and storage and must be stackable

The strength of a cardboard box needed is determined by what is going in it and what are you going to do with it. For anything over 100kg, double or triple-walled large packing boxes are needed – up to a maximum of 500kg for some triple wall boxes.

If the boxes are to be loaded and stacked, or palletised, then they need to be strong, with supportive lids and corners. Many boxes are also used for transport and even export. These will be subject to stacking, moving and bumping and so need to be of strong specification.

The triple wall loading cases are made from triple wall top quality rigid flute corrugated board with 200gsm Kraft paper finish. Outer B flute 140gsm, 3-6mm thick with a 140gsm test; inner C flute 140gsm, 4-8mm thick with a 140gsm test and inner A flute 140gsm 5-10mm thick with a 200gsm test lining.

Cardboard cap and sleeve loading cases without pallets

Cardboard cap and sleeve loading cases add even more protection and strength

For added strength, large boxes can also be purchased with cardboard caps and sleeves that allow for stacking and provide heavy duty protection. They are made of a stitched heavy duty corrugated sleeve, two end caps fitting top and bottom. These large cardboard boxes are easily collapsed for return or storage and can be easily stacked.

Capacitainer pallet boxes with Inka Presswood pallet

Some boxes come with their own pallet to help with protection when stacking

Some pallet sized cardboard boxes like the capacitainer pallet box come not only as flat packed boxes, but are also secured to their own Inka Presswood pallets with white plastic plugs, which fit in to pre-drilled holes on the base of the box and on the pallet. The boxes feature a drop down window making access to the contents quick and easy.

These boxes are made from double wall corrugated board (except CAPAC10 which is triple wall) and the Inka Presswood pallets are manufactured from processed recycled waste timber and are certified for export to: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Taiwan and the USA.

White cardboard gift boxes

Small packing boxes are often used for smaller, lighter gifts

For small packing boxes similar rules of thumb apply, but naturally they tend to be able to handle much less weight, instead being designed for gifts and much smaller, often more delicate items.

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Packaging tape and strapping

Strapping or tape – how to seal a box

When putting items in boxes for storage, transport or postage it is key that they stay in the box. This is where tape and strapping comes in.

For a large packing box, many companies opt for strapping tape to seal boxes. Polypropylene hand strapping has a breaking strain of between 120 and 260kg and is easy to apply and won’t corrode. It is also extremely tough.

Pakit portable polypropylene strapping kits

Strapping kits are available to make it easy

Kits that feature a box of strapping – that is easily carried around the warehouse – and the tools to make applying it easy are also available, making it easy to strap up large storage boxes and pallet boxes.

Packaging tape

Tape is great for smaller and medium sized boxes

For medium sized boxes and loads, packaging tape can be used to seal up boxes. It is really easy to apply – and easy to remove. It can also be branded with either the company logo, a message, or, if needed, a warning message.

Pre-printed FRAGILE self-adhesive paper tape

Tape can be used to seal boxes for storage and transport

So there you have it: cardboard boxes come in an almost infinite range of sizes and shapes and can handle loads up to 500kg – can be stacked, exported and can even come with their own pallets.

The other advantage they have is that they can be recycled and so are increasingly popular in our environmentally-conscious day and age. Happy packing!

 


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For additional advice on cardboard packaging boxes in all their various shapes, sizes and forms, our Packaging Experts are here to help you find the right solutions and arrange next day delivery. Simply call us on 0800 542 44 28 or visit www.rajapack.co.uk.