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GLOSSARY

Commonly Used Terms

  • ADHESIVE

    Substance capable of adhering one surface to another.

  • ANTI-STAT(IC)

    Contains an additive that dissipates static electrical charges.

  • BLOWN FILM

    The fabrication of a film by continuously pumping the polymer through a circular die and filling the tube with air. The volume of air contained within the tube stretches the tube out to the desired width and, in conjunction with the rate at which it is being pulled away from the die, the desired thickness is created. A quiet film.

  • BMC (Box Manufacturers Certificate)

    A statement printed on a box guaranteeing that all applicable construction requirements of the carrier classification have been observed, and identifies the Box Manufacturer.

  • BULK

    Goods or cargo not in packages, boxes, bags or other containers or goods unpackaged (loose) within a shipping container.

  • BUNDLE

    A shipping unit of two or more articles or boxes wrapped or fastened together by suitable means.

  • CAST FILM

    The fabrication of a film by continuously pumping the polymer through a straight slot die, then chilling this hot plastic immediately through contacts with a chilled roll. Film width is determined by how fast the chill roll pulls the film away from the die. Quieter than blown film.

  • CHIPBOARD

    A paperboard generally made from recycled paper stock.

  • CLARITY

    The lack of cloudiness or haze in a plastic material.

  • COHESIVE

    Coating applied to a product that allows it to stick to itself rather than the object it is being wrapped around.

  • DIE CUT

    The act of cutting raw material to a desired shape by using a die.

  • DIMENSIONS

    The measurements of an item. Generally given in the sequence length, width and depth.

  • DOUBLE WALL

    Three flat facings of linerboard, one glued to each side of two corrugated mediums.

  • ECT (Edge Crush Test)

    Used to measure the amount of force needed to crush the edge of a container.

  • EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate)

    An additive that strengthens and improves sealability. Appropriate for use in cold-temperature applications.

  • FARADAY CAGE

    Provides both interior and exterior protection from static and other charges.

  • FLAPS

    Extensions of the side walls that close a box.

  • FLAT BAG

    A two-dimension bag (width x length) with a bottom or side seal.

  • FLUTE

    The wave shapes pressed into corrugated medium for strength.

  • FOL (Full Overlap Slotted Container)

    All flaps have the same length (the width of the box). When closed, the outer flaps come within one inch of complete overlap. This style is especially resistant for rough handling.

  • GAUGE

    The thickness of a material. The higher the gauge, the thicker the material.

  • GUSSETED BAGS

    A three-dimension poly bag that is flat in style with both sides tucked in to form gussets.

  • HD (High Density Polyethylene)

    Thinner, yet stronger than low density polyethylene. Moisture and vapor barriers, non-porous and stretchable. Puncture resistant.

  • LD (Low Density Polyethylene)

    Porous and somewhat stretchable. Good clarity.

  • LLD (Linear Low Density Polyethylene)

    Stronger than low density, puncture and tear resistant, non-porous and stretchable.

  • LOOSE FILL

    Also known as pelaspan or peanuts, this polystyrene and/or starch product is used for lightweight void fill.

  • MICRON FILM

    Made with technology using the next generation of Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE). Exhibits superior strength, consistency and exceptional clarity at lower gauges. Puncture resistant.

  • MIL

    Thickness of material, also referred to as Gauge or Caliper.

  • OPAQUE

    A way of describing a material or substance that will not transmit light. It is the opposite of transparent; materials that are neither opaque nor transparent are sometimes described as semi-opaque, but are actually better classified as translucent.

  • PALLET

    A portable platform on which materials can be stored or moved on.

  • PERF (Perfed, Perforation)

    Rows of holes punched into a product for easier separation.

  • POLYETHYLENE

    Highly puncture and tear resistant. Not affected by extreme temperatures. Does not possess barrier properties. Good clarity.

  • POLYPROPYLENE

    Stronger and more rigid than polyethylene. Preserves freshness with vapor and moisture barriers. Non-porous and excellent clarity. Ability to withstand high temperatures.

  • POLYSTYRENE

    A solid plastic made from polymerized styrene.

  • RSC (Regular Slotted Container)

    Most commonly used style of box where all flaps have the same length, and the two outer flaps (normally lengthwise) are one-half the containers width, so that they meet at the center of the box when folded.

  • SCORE(S)

    An impression or crease made to position and facilitate folds.

  • SINGLE FACE

    The combination of one fluted corrugating medium glued to one flat facing of linerboard.

  • SINGLE WALL

    Two flat facings of linerboard, with one glued to each side of corrugated medium. Also known as Double Face.

  • SLIP

    An additive that helps decrease slippage of packaged goods when stacking products.

  • SLIT

    A cut made without removal of product.

  • STATIC SHIELDING

    Three-layer construction providing Faraday Cage protection. Offers greater protection than anti-static.

  • TENSILE STRENGTH

    Indication of an item’s resistance to breakage when pulled from opposite ends or through equipment during converting and printing process.

  • UVI (Ultra Violet Inhibitor)

    An additive used to extend the life of the product in sunlight conditions.