A gaylord box is a pallet-sized box, typically cardboard, that is used for storage and shipping of bulk quantities.
In most cases, the products being shipped within a gaylord box are enclosed in an inner plastic bag that is used to protect the contents of the gaylord box. Those large bags, or liners, can have a variety of names: gaylord liners, tote liners, bin liners and combo liners are the most common.
They’re designed to protect the product from outside pollutants, toxins, and other contaminants during processing, storing, and transporting. Therefore, they must be strong and tear-resistant. These liners are used for many different packaging applications such as food packaging, resin products, color concentrates, chemicals, powdered products, pharmaceutical products, metal particles, and many more.
Depending on the product the liner is protecting, they are available in a wide array of structures. A few questions to consider:
- Do I need low density resin, or high density resin?
- Does it need to be bolstered for added strength with compounds like hexene or metallocene?
- Does the liner need to be USFDA approved?
- Do anti-stat properties need to be added?
Gaylord boxes come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and therefore, so do gaylord liners. When requesting a quote for a gaylord liner, you’ll need to know what size box you’re using. Measure your gaylord box by width (W), length (L), and depth (D). A good rule of thumb for figuring out an appropriate liner size for your box would be the following: See diagram.
- Width (W) of the liner = Box width + 2 inches
- Length (L) of the liner = Box length +2 inches
- Depth (D) of the liner = Box depth + half of the box length + 12 inches.
However, you may need your liner size to be larger if you plan on tying off the enclosed product at the open end of the liner. It’s probably best to inform your sales representative not just of the box dimensions, but also how you’ll be shipping/storing your product so they can make a recommendation of the liner size you’ll need.
Some common gaylord liner sizes include:
- 52 x 44 x 96 x 1.25 mil (thickness)
- 52 x 44 x 96 x 2 mil
- 50 x 38 x 90 x 3 mil
- 50 x 44 x 76 x 4 mil
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