Slotted corrugated boxes (FEFCO 02), often confused with cardboard boxes and primarily Regular Slotted Container made from cardboard paper, are widely used in retail packaging, shipping cartons, product displays, and several other applications.
FEFCO 02 = Slotted boxes
Don’t know what FEFCO and 02 stand for?
Well, before getting to know these two terminologies, let’s know the slotted carton box in detail.
Slotted Carton Box
Among the different box styles, including Slotted Boxes, Telescope Boxes, Folders, Rigid (or Bliss) Boxes, Free-standing Boxes, and Indoor Forms, Slotted Carton Box is one of the box styles. The box is made of corrugated cardboard that is cut into slots to be slotted together to make a box while ensuring easy assembly as per the user’s needs.
A box is an ideal option for businesses looking to cut down their packaging cost. Users highly desire them due to their strength, durability, and capacity to keep products safe.
Some of the most common types of slotted carton boxes include the following –
- Regular slotted carton box
- Half-slotted carton box
- Overlap slotted carton box
- Full overlap slotted carton box
- Center special slotted carton box
- Center special overlap Slotted carton box
- Center special full overlap Slotted carton box
Every variant of these slotted carton boxes is assigned an International Fibreboard Case Code developed by Féderation Européenne des Fabricants du Carton Ondulé (FEFCO) – a french abbreviation, which today is called The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers, where series “02” defines slotted boxes.
Let us get into the detail of each slotted carton box –
1. What is a Regular Slotted Carton (RSC) Box?
The regular slotted carton box is the most basic but frequently used type of rectangular slotted carton box. It features all flaps that are the same length and two outside lengthwise flaps that are half the width of the container, which completely seal the interior when they meet at the center of being folded. The addition of a fill-in pad between the two inner flaps ensures the best level of protection. The easy-to-assemble boxes are a great option for products that require a flat, even bottom surface. Also, these slotted cardboard boxes generate relatively little production waste.
FEFCO-ESBO Code: 0201
What it’s best for The usage of a regular slotted carton box is highly versatile and can be used for almost anything.
2. What is a Half Slotted Carton (HSC) Box?
The half-slotted carton boxes are exactly the same as the regular slotted cartoon boxes but without a single set of flaps on the top. The box can be assembled easily with a reinforced bottom and two sides to ensure the box’s contents are securely contained, but with an uncovered top.
FEFCO-ESBO Code: 0200
What it’s best for The boxes are highly desirable where the product is desired to be transported, packaged, or displayed uncovered.
3. What is an Overlap Slotted Carton (OSC) Box?
A small variation distinguishes an overlapped slotted carton box from a regular slotted carton (RSC) box. It has a broad, rectangular shape, and because the length of the box is significantly longer than the width, the product can be stored and stacked easily between the inner flaps. The outer flaps of these boxes are all the same length, but they do not meet in the middle; instead, they overlap by at least an inch or more. The outer flaps of the box are typically stapled shut to secure it.
FEFCO-ESBO Code: 0202
What it’s best for: These boxes are preferred for goods usually much longer than wider, such as electronics, food, beverages, and other goods.
4. What is a Fully Overlap Slotted (FOL) Carton Box?
The physical characteristics of a fully overlapped slotted carton box include the same length of all flaps but the overlap of outer flaps over the entire width on being closed to provide superior strength and durability. The overlapping slots promote extra protection and secure storage during transportation.
FEFCO-ESBO Code: 0203
What it’s best for The performance of this type of box is highly appreciated in rough handling, as the boxes provide extra cushioning and stacking strength while providing an extra layer of protection against moisture and dust.
5. What is a Center Special Slotted Carton (CSSC) Box?
This center special slotted carton box style has different flap lengths over the inner and outer structure. The two flaps are, however, cut to meet in the middle when closed. Because the box’s top and bottom are made of double-layered corrugated cardboard, this type of packaging guarantees the highest level of protection for the products.
FEFCO-ESBO Code: 0204
What it’s best for: The shipping of the products that need additional protection, such as electronics, and fragile items, such as fine china and jewelry, electronics, and other fragile items are preferred in Center Special Slotted Carton (CSSC) Boxes. Extra corrugated cardboard is utilized to promote a greater level of protection.
6. What is a Center Special Overlap (CSO) Slotted Carton Box?
A box is a great option for bulk storage and transportation since it can be stacked without losing strength. A box with two different lengths of inner and outer flaps is a corrugated cardboard box where the length-to-width ratio of the cardboard box varies. When closed, the outer flaps overlap the center-meeting inner flaps. The bottom of the box offers double the corrugated cardboard material where the product sets; the same goes for the top of the box.
FEFCO-ESBO Code: 0205
What it’s best for: This cardboard box should be chosen where a leveled surface is necessary for the product to sit on. Compared to Center Special Slotted Container, it uses less corrugated material and is a more flexible and cost-effective shipping method and storing goods.
7. What is a Center Special Overlap (CSO) Slotted Carton Box?
The most complicated of all designs is this type of slotted carton box with different length flaps across the structure. The special center overlaps slotted carton box’s inner and outer flaps are cut to different sizes where the inner flaps meet in the middle when folded. The outer flaps completely enclose one another to provide a secure closure. As a result, the product gets three layered protection from beneath and above the box center special full overlap slotted carton ensuring extra cushioning and stacking strength.
FEFCO-ESBO Code: 0206
What it’s best for: The three-layered corrugated cardboard packaging, despite the extra utilization of corrugated cardboard material compared to regular slotted carton boxes, is desirable for products that require extra cushioning.
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