Folding Carton Designs

Folding Carton Design
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Folding Carton Design

There are four main aspects to consider when designing a folding carton: style, material, thickness, and printing.

Below are some of the most common styles we provide.

Straight Tuck End Folding Cartons – STE

Straight tuck end cartons are constructed with each end folding and locking on the same side.

The STE can provide better graphics presentation because both tucks are positioned at the back of the box giving the front of the carton a clean distraction-free appearance.

A fifth panel can be added to the carton to create a hang hole or provide additional space for graphics.

Straigt Tuck End Folding Carton

Common industries: custom vitamin / supplement packaging, custom pharmaceutical packaging, custom perfume packaging, custom food packaging, custom retail packaging, custom nutraceutical packaging, custom soap boxes, custom CBD oil packaging, custom e-liquid packaging, custom confectionery packaging, custom essential oil packaging, and custom beard oil packaging.

Reverse Tuck End Folding Cartons – RTE

Reverse tuck end cartons are constructed like the STE carton, but the tucks are reversed and lock on opposite sides.

The main advantage of the RTE vs. STE is lower unit cost because the RTE can be printed more efficiently on a press sheet.

Essentially, the reverse tuck end design sacrifices the clean frontal presentation the straight tuck end carton offers in exchange for a lower unit price.

Reverse Tuck End Folding Carton

Common industries: custom candy packaging, custom vitamin / supplement packaging, custom pharmaceutical packaging, custom perfume packaging, custom food packaging, custom nutraceutical packaging, custom retail packaging, custom soap boxes, custom CBD oil packaging, custom e-liquid packaging, custom essential oil packaging, and custom beard oil packaging.

Tuck Top Auto Bottom Folding Carton – TTAB

Tuck top auto bottom cartons are used in many different applications because they can be assembled and loaded quickly by hand.

As the name states, the top of the chipboard box tucks into the carton to secure the product and the bottom is automatically formed when first erecting the carton.

Tuck Top Auto Bottom Folding Carton

Common industries: custom food packaging, custom retail packaging, custom cosmetic packaging, custom nutraceutical packaging, custom personal care packaging, custom medical packaging, custom biotech packaging, custom sporting goods packaging, and custom electronics packaging.

Tuck Top Snap Lock Bottom – TTSLB

Tuck top snap lock bottom cartons are the same as the tuck top auto bottom cartons with the exception that the bottom does not come pre-glued.
The snap lock bottom, also referred to as a 1-2-3 bottom, consists of four flaps that are folded and locked together to form the bottom of the chipboard box.

The image below illustrates how the 1-2-3 bottom is constructed to form the bottom of the box. The snap lock bottom is stronger than the auto bottom and less expensive to manufacture; the trade-off is longer time to assemble compared to the auto bottom carton.

Tuck Top Snap Lock Bottom
Tuck Top Snap Lock Bottom GIF

Common industries: custom food packaging, custom retail packaging, custom cosmetic packaging, custom personal care packaging, custom medical packaging, custom biotech packaging, custom sporting goods packaging, custom nutraceutical packaging, and custom electronics packaging.

Rolled End Tuck Top – RETT

Tuck top rolled end cartons are unglued boxes that must be folded and assembled prior to placing the product inside.

The sides with the rolled edges have three total layers of board for added strength.

The image below illustrates how the rolled end tuck top carton is folding into a box. It also shows the tuck top that is present in many folding carton styles.

A panel can be added to the front of the box that folds back into the inside creating cavities for the product or additional marketing space.

Rolled End Tuck Top
Rolled End Tuck Top GIF

Common industries: custom food packaging, custom retail packaging, custom cosmetic packaging, custom gift packaging, custom personal care packaging, custom medical packaging, custom biotech packaging, custom nutraceutical packaging, custom sporting goods packaging, and custom electronics packaging..

Learn More About Our Folding Carton Solutions For Your Business

Tired of packing your folding cartons by hand? Looking to automate your secondary packaging? Visit our packaging automation solutions or contact us to learn more about what options are available. More info below!

K-Cup Cartoner

Our K-Cup Cartoner has machine speeds up to 40 PPM and carton erecting is done using a heavy-duty air cylinder driven carton pick-off mechanism.

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Intermittent Motion Cartoner

Our Intermittent Motion Cartoner has machine speeds up to 60 PPM and the carton erecting is done by using a heavy-duty air cylinder drive carton pick-off mechanism.

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Continuous Motion Cartoner

Our Continuous Motion Cartoner has machine speeds up to 240 PPM and has a barrel cam loading mechanism with overload protection.

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