Our in-house packaging design and sampling facilities can design and produce samples for your product with a very short turnaround time, depending on its complexity.
We stock all the industry standard material grades in corrugated cardboard and standard thicknesses in solid board/folding box board to accurately represent your design for size, strength and usability.
Samples have an important role to play in the purchasing decision and are essential when producing a new box or making changes to the materials used for its construction. As part of our design processes we can send you a sample in the correct board and/or alternatively a diagram and 3D model. This will allow you to review with colleagues to provide feedback and get buy in on the correct solution. When an order is placed with us, plain samples are always issued free of charge.
Samples are essential and allow customers to check that the material quality, pack size and style are all suitable for their requirements. Any adjustments and improvements can then be made accordingly.
The Importance of Packaging Sampling
Often one of the biggest challenges with any new packaging project, is the question of how well the package will protect the contents when going through the post, courier system or delivery in your own vehicles.
We recommend following our simple testing guide below:
However, remember there are other alternative to the simple box, pulp can provide a far stronger alternative if needed, so again ERIC may be able to help!
FEFCO/ESBO or ECMA Guide
There are several organisation and bodies that provide standards which allow the quality of what we produce to be consistent – these organisations help both the purchaser to know what they can expect, which is extremely important not only on the initial purchase but through the relationship we grow together.
The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) and the European Solid board Organisation (ESBO) is an official system which has been developed to standardise and list certain common pack designs. This avoids over complicated verbal descriptions of fibreboard case and packaging constructions and replaces them with simple symbols, internationally understood by all, regardless of language and other differences. The most popular styles include:
The latest edition of the FEFCO / ESBO list can be downloaded in a pdf format.