So many organizations order custom boxes to house their pieces of information and announcements as regards to new products, CD/DVD’s, package software, and other electronic media, or to have an option over brochures, pocket folders, and binders. This article will help you understand the options you have when you request for custom boxes. Some typical types of boxes include:
Set up boxes
So many individuals are conversant with shipping cartons derived from thick brown C-flute corrugated board. By inspecting a side cut of C-flute corrugated, it becomes very broad and thick; good for shipping things but not for the type of graphics needed to market a product.
E-flute corrugation is much thinner than the C-flute mentioned above. On some requirements, F-flute or B-flute corrugated may be deployed. F-flute is fragile (even more tenuous than E-flute) and is used for minuscule boxes or boxes that require complex die cutting. B-flute is thinner than C-flute but much thicker than E-flute. Corrugated board is stocked by the mill and is defined by colors–brown, white, oyster white.
Decoration of Corrugated
Litho lam: Quite a number of people would rather prefer their corrugated boxes have the graphics 80# litho paper printing, and can be filmed, laminated and mounted right to the corrugated. Film lamination is what does the sealing of the printing and allows the box hinges to carry out its bending action without cracking.
Flexo printing: A big rubber stamp will give you a perfect idea of flexo printing. In cases where complex 4 color process graphics can be exempted, then flexo printing may be a very useful alternative. For the fact that flexo printing is not sophisticated, the quality of a 65 line screen comes into play. It differs from the 150 line screen quality standard in litho printing. The most useful type of flexo printing as regards cost is a flood coat of a color. Stock printing plates can be deployed to put the color on the board.
Silkscreen: When it comes to quantities that are too small for the creation of expensive flexo plates, silk screening can be a viable alternative. With technology, silk-screening is as sharp as offset printing.
Let’s start with your artwork either on a good black and white copy or a computer disk. A creation of the positive film is achieved by the artwork and mounted on a screen which is coated with an emulsion. The artwork (on a positive film) and the screen are exposed to light for several minutes. The black of the artwork prevents the emulsion from hardening. The film is discharged from the screen, and then the screen is washed with a quick water spray. Washing of the artwork is done by leaving a stencil of the artwork on the screen. The screen is mounted on a press, and a squeegee pushes special paints through the screen into the material for your box.
Decoration of plastic
Silk screening is the most common technique used for polyethylene. This material has a non-porous surface which is very flat and perfect for silk screening. With the emergence of modern screening methods, process screening and a wide range of halftones, graduated screens can be accomplished at a reasonable fee. Small to moderate quantities of product with sophisticated printing, lend itself to silk screening. See details of silk screening above.
This is relatively new option boxes that are created from Aluminum or a perfect combination of Acrylic and aluminum panels. Boxes can be made in tote box style, or as CD/DVD boxes. A large number of customers go for silk screen decoration on their boxes, but more viable options such as anodizing and powder coating, and laser etching are also available.
Hopefully, this has shed a little light on custom boxes for promotional marketing. It can be a complicated process, but don’t feel overwhelmed; there are organizations to help you through.