In the packaging industry, folding boxes are the in-demand form of packaging. Aside from the proven sturdiness and strength of these folding boxes, these are also made from eco-friendly materials, which is what the world needs today. After the primary use of these folding cardboard boxes, such as retail packaging and shipping boxes, these can be recycled, upcycled, and reused.
The primary and secondary uses of these folding boxes are simple. The materials used to create these boxes, such as paperboards and corrugated cardboard, are also simple. However, there are different types of folding cardboard boxes – straight tuck end, reverse tuck end, snap lock bottom, and sealed end to name a few.
Straight Tuck End
The straight tuck end type is the most common type of folding boxes. Almost every product requires this kind of packaging, especially when the front display panel is large transparent window type front, which is used to endorse the products inside. Both top and bottom enclosures “tuck” from the front portion to the rear portion of the box, preventing any raw edge exposure.
Reverse Tuck End
The reverse tuck end is the type of folding boxes that is quite similar to the enclosures of the straight tuck end. The only difference is that the top enclosure of the folding cardboard box covers or “tucks” from rear part to the front part of the box, while the bottom enclosure seals or “tucks” from the front part to the rear part of the box. This type of folding boxes is usually used when the front display panel is not transparent, not opened, and not exposing the product inside. Cosmetic products are the most common type of product using this packaging type.
Snap Lock Bottom
Now, the snap lock bottom is the type of folding boxes that is not similar to the straight tuck end and the reverse tuck end types, but this is still a common type of packaging. Unlike the straight tuck end and the reverse tuck end types that can be formed and closed by machines, the snap lock bottom type is locked and enclosed manually by hands.
The bottom enclosure has different sizes of locking panels. The large piece should go first and be followed by the two dust flaps and the smaller piece to finally seal the bottom part of the folding box. The snap lock bottom is usually used for cosmetic products, pharmaceutical and medical products, and other retail products that are heavier and require additional security.