This study examined the effect of flexographic printing, using both natural rubber and photopolymer printing plates, on the top-to-bottom compression strength of RSC style shipping containers. six sets of factors were studied including, 1) Print location on panels (center, one-inch to edge); 2) Number of panels printed (two majors, all four); 3) Print coverage (15%, 30%); 4) Number of colors of print (one-, two-color); 5) Flute size (B, C); and 6) Shape of print (square, rectangle). Individual sets of printing plates were produced to represent each factor studied. The containers were manufactured during an "on-line" production run under standard operating conditions. Preconditioning, conditioning, and compression testing was completed based on ASTM standards. The Taguchi Method of statistical design was used to analyze the data. The results showed that some printing factors significantly affected the compression strength of an RSC style container and should be incorporated into the evaluation of container design.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Corrugated paperboard--Testing; Cartons--Testing; Materials--Compression testing; Flexography

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Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

Packaging Science (CAST)


Olsson, David

Advisor/Committee Member

Chapman, Ray


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