Having the right box for packing and moving matters to a lot of people and businesses. The last thing they want to see happen is the box’s structure fail and their items spilled all over the place. There are many kinds of boxes. They have a different kind of structure or strength that may not be observable from the outside. In order for you to choose the right kind of box for your packing and shipping needs, then you will need to have a good understanding of how boxes are made and tested to provide the kind of quality you are looking for.

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Testing of the Material

On various boxes there are usually different thicknesses to choose from and sizes that all play into the quality of custom corrugated boxes that you are trying find. There are two tests that are done to determine the quality of the material being used.

The Bursting Test

This test is fairly straight forward. It measures the amount of force that is needed to rupture or puncture the box material. The amount of force is tested by using a Mullen Tester. Basically, the amount of force measured is determined by the box’s ability to stand up against being handled in a wide array of options. It really simulates a normal shipping environment. Once the box rips open or is damaged the test is complete.

The Edge Crush Test (ECT)

This type of test measures the strength of the corrugated cardboard. The test is measured using the pound unit; usually pound per lineal inch of load bearing edge. There are a few factors that play into the strength of any given carton, such as the material used to make it and how that material was fashioned. Either way measurements can range from 32 ECT to 44 ECT. The lower number of ECT the lighter the object should be placed in the box. For instance, it would not be a good idea to shop a 200-pound ball in a box with a 32 ECT rating (good for 50 to 65 pounds).

The Right Box for Your Needs

The answer to which test is best really is determined by what is being shipped. Individual items being shipped under harsh conditions will fair better being packed in a Mullen certified corrugated box. If you have items that cannot be crushed from things being stacked on them, then an ECT certified box will meet your needs.

Determining what kind of material and box type you need for shipping of items can make all the difference. It comes down to you knowing what you are looking for. Every business owner wants the best quality of material to be used so that there are no damages or losses because of malfunctioning material. Quality does matter and if you have any questions about what type of material you should be using or switching over to, call FastPak today at 770-423-0795 or send us an email. We can answer all of your questions and get you the right path using the right material for your business.