There are hundreds of types of folding cartons available, with more custom designs produced every day. Here is a list of some of the more widely-used folding cartons.
Straight Tuck-End Cartons: These cartons have tuck flaps on both the top and bottom, with the flaps folding in the same direction.
Reverse Tuck-End Cartons: Similar to straight tuck-end cartons, but the flaps fold in opposite directions, with the top flap tucking towards the back and the bottom flap tucking towards the front.
Tuck-Top Auto-Bottom Cartons (Crash-Lock Bottom Cartons): These cartons have a pre-glued auto-bottom that automatically locks into place during assembly, making them quick and easy to set up. The top features tuck-end flaps.
Tuck-Top Snap-Lock Bottom Cartons (1-2-3 Bottom Cartons): These cartons have bottom flaps that interlock to form a secure base, while the top flaps are designed as tuck-end closures.
Seal-End Cartons: These cartons are sealed using glue or adhesive on both the top and bottom, providing a more secure closure than tuck-end cartons.
Full Overlap Cartons: These cartons have flaps on the top and bottom that fully overlap, providing extra strength and protection.
Gable-Top Cartons: These cartons feature a pitched roof-like closure at the top that interlocks, commonly used for liquid packaging, such as milk or juice.
Pillow Boxes: These cartons have a curved design and are formed by folding and tucking the ends into themselves, often used for small items or gift packaging.
Sleeve Cartons: These cartons are open on both ends and slide over a product or an inner tray, offering additional branding or protection without completely enclosing the product.
Two-Piece Telescoping Cartons: These cartons consist of a separate base and lid that fit together snugly to form a complete carton.
Four-Corner Beers Tray (Four Corner Tray): This carton has a flat bottom with four corner flaps that lock into place, forming a tray that can hold lightweight items.
Six-Corner Beers Tray (Six Corner Tray): Similar to the four-corner tray, but with additional flaps on the long sides for added support and stability.
Roll-End Tuck-Top (RETT) Cartons: These cartons have a roll-end construction on the bottom and tuck flaps on the top, providing a secure and sturdy packaging option.
This list is far from exhaustive, as there are many variations and custom designs for folding cartons. The choice of carton style depends on factors such as the product’s size, weight, shape, and required protection, as well as branding and aesthetic considerations.
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