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Whether moving to a new location, carrying your most cherished possessions or delivering important packages, cardboard boxes are always there.Robert Gair invented the cardboard box in 1871 and they’ve been an integral part of our lives ever since. Despite its humble appearance, making a cardboard box is actually really complicated.
We’ve broken down the key steps into slides.
First, this machine rolls out a whole lot of recycled paper to be split up into one wavy sheet of paper called a flute which sits between two flat sheets called liners. They form a corrugated board.
The paper then goes through two rollers called a corrogater. Hot steam is sprayed on the cardboard while another roller glues one side of the flute.
This next machine stacks the boards in quantities of between 25 and 80 boards. The machine then feeds the next machine at a rapid rate of 8,000 boards per hour.
The boxes are processed at an amazing rate of 90 boxes per minute. The unused, cut off paper goes down below, where it is recycled as many as six more times.
A bending machine then folds the boxes along lines already made by the corrogater. Glue is then applied to the places which will come together to form the box. Another machine then folds the glued sections.
To put the proper writing on these boxes, there's an ink kitchen were over 5,000 colours are systematically poured into these containers.
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