Throwback Thursday: Thinking Inside the Box

Packaging research at FPL was spurred by heavy demand for shipping materials during World Wars I and II. Researchers redesigned boxes, crates, and paper cartons to provide better protection and use less space. FPL also developed packaging manuals and conducted training courses for thousands of military personnel.packaging_2

This photo (above) from the 1940’s shows a drum test machine developed to simulate rough handling in shipping and evaluate the quality of various shipping materials.


FPL staff used this corrugator to produce corrugated fiberboard, commonly (but erroneously) called cardboard, for boxes.

Today, more than 90% of all items are shipped in corrugated fiberboard containers, resulting in a more efficient use of wood, reduced product damage, reduced cost, and containers that can be reused and recycled more than once.