Glossary of Terms


Base:     The lower portion of the box that normally holds the item.

Blank:     The unfinished chipboard of a box.

2 piece Box:     A completed base and lid.

3 Piece Box:     A Base and a Lid that includes a NeckTray.

Bookbox:     A completed rigid package that includes a Tray and a Bookcover.

Bookcover:     A flat piece that is used to make a ‘book-like’ box.

Caliper:    Refers to the thickness of the chipboard used.

Deboss:    A process where your logo or design is slightly pressed into the paper.

Die Cutting:    The cutting of the shape of your box out of a larger piece of chipboard. Boxes are formed using die cutting instead of scoring normally on larger runs.

Emboss:    A process similar to debossing, where your logo or design is slightly raised on the paper.

Foam:    An insert that is placed into a package to hold contents. Foam can be die cut or used a flat pad.

Foil Stamping:    Making an impression of a design or logo using foil and a hot stamp.

Lid:    The top portion of the box that fits over the base of the box.

Neck:    A piece of chipboard that is normally inserted into the base or lid of the box to provide more room for the item to be inserted into the package.

Nest:    When a smaller box is placed inside a larger box (usually to save freight costs and space).

Palletize:    Placing cartons of packages on a wood pallet (standard is 40" x 48" and about 72" high).

Platform:    A folded piece of chipboard that is normally placed in the base of the box to support a product.

Scoring:    The process of using a series of knives to cut or create grooves in the chipboard so that it may bend to form a box. Rigid Packages are cut using scoring instead of die cutting on small quantites.

Slipcase:    A rigid package used to house books and other media items.

Telescope:    Telescoping determines how high the lid will be in relation to the base (usually half or full).

Thumbhole:    A cut made in the sides of the base or lid to facilitate its removal from the base of the box.

Turn-in:    The portion of the paper which wraps on the inside of the box. Normally extends about 5/8" down each side of the base/lid. If you package requires it, you can request a different turn-in then what is standard.

Vac form insert:    A plastic insert (sometimes with a flock surface) used to hold the product in the base of the package.



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