ASTM D5118 / D5118M - 12

    Standard Practice for Fabrication of Fiberboard Shipping Boxes

    Active Standard ASTM D5118 / D5118M | Developed by Subcommittee: D10.27

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.10


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    Significance and Use

    Corrugated and solid fiberboard boxes, sleeves and liners are used to unitize products into packages of size and shape suitable for manual or mechanical handling and to protect the contents against environmental, handling, shipping, and storage conditions.

    This practice covers some of the basic constructions and styles of commercially available fiberboard packaging used to unitize and protect contents.

    Use of Other SpecificationsNothing in this practice shall be construed to prohibit the use of boxes of special design or of fiberboard packages identified by package number in the current Uniform Freight Classification and National Motor Freight Classification when in the experience and judgment of the purchaser, the nature of the articles or material to be shipped justifies such boxes or packages. Some commodities may require less protection while other commodities may require better boxes than are specified herein. Containers for explosives and dangerous articles must also comply with regulations for the Transport of Hazardous Materials (CFR Title 49).


    FIG. 1 Fiberboard Box Dimensioning


    FIG. 2 Box, Fiberboard; Detail of Manufacturer's Joint Construction for Class Weather Resistant and WWVR Boxes


    FIG. 3 Box, Fiberboard; Details of Manufacturer's Joint Types


    Note 1—Dimension and cube can be boxmaker's certificate, round or rectangular as applicable and may be located on the box where it is customarily placed.

    Note 2—Dimensions and cube other than specified in MIL-STD-129 shall be printed only on government procured boxes.

    FIG. 4 Compliance Marking for Class Weather-Resistant and WWVR Boxes


    FIG. 5 Cover Assembly


    FIG. 6 Box, Fiberboard; SLSleeve


    FIG. 7 Box, Fiberboard; LLiner


    FIG. 8 Box, Fiberboard; RSCRegular Slotted Box (0201)


    FIG. 9 Box, Fiberboard; OSCOverlap Slotted Box (0202)


    FIG. 10 Box, Fiberboard; FOLFull Overlap Slotted Box (0203)


    FIG. 11 Box, Fiberboard; SFFSpecial Full Flap Slotted Box (0206)


    FIG. 12 Box, Fiberboard; CSSCCenter Special Slotted Box and CSOSCCenter Special Overlap Slotted Box (0205)


    FIG. 13 Box, Fiberboard; HSCCHalf Slotted Box with Cover (0200)


    FIG. 14 Box, Fiberboard; DBLCCDouble Cover (0310)


    FIG. 15 Box, Fiberboard; ICInterlocking Double Cover (0325)


    FIG. 16 Box, Fiberboard; FTCFull Telescope (0301)


    FIG. 17 Box, Fiberboard; FTHSTwo Piece Full Telescope Half Slotted Box (0320)


    FIG. 18 Folder, Fiberboard; OPFOne Piece Folder (0401)


    FIG. 19 Folder, Fiberboard; FPFFive Panel Folder (0410)


    FIG. 20 Box, Fiberboard; Rigid BoxBliss Box (0606)


    FIG. 21 Folder, Fiberboard; TSCTongue and Slot Closure

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the fabrication of new fiberboard boxes, liners and sleeves.

    1.2 This practice points out the factors and components that must be controlled in the manufacture of corrugated and solid fiberboard boxes, liners and sleeves.

    1.3 This practice does not cover the adequacy of fiberboard containers under all conditions of exposure to atmosphere, handling, shipping and storage.

    1.4 The values stated in either inch-pound units or SI units are to be regarded separately as standard. Within the text, the SI units are shown in brackets. The values stated in each system are not exact equivalents; therefore, each system must be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D996 Terminology of Packaging and Distribution Environments

    D1974 Practice for Methods of Closing, Sealing, and Reinforcing Fiberboard Boxes

    D2658 Test Method for Determining Interior Dimensions of Fiberboard Boxes (Box Gage Method)

    D3950 Specification for Strapping, Nonmetallic (and Joining Methods)

    D3951 Practice for Commercial Packaging

    D3953 Specification for Strapping, Flat Steel and Seals

    D4727/D4727M Specification for Corrugated and Solid Fiberboard Sheet Stock (Container Grade) and Cut Shapes

    Federal Specifications

    MIL-STD-129 Military Marking for Shipment and Storage

    Code of Federal Regulations

    Title49 Transportation


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 55.160 (Cases. Boxes. Crates)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D5118_D5118M-12

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D5118 / D5118M-12, Standard Practice for Fabrication of Fiberboard Shipping Boxes , ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.org

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