A corrugator is a set of machines designed to bring together three, five or seven sheets of paper to form single, double or triple wall board in a continuous process.
Three sheets of paper (containerboard) are unrolled simultaneously on the corrugator: the inner liner, the outer liner and in the middle, the medium (also called fluting).
The medium sheet is given a "wave". This corrugation is obtained by pressing the sheet under heat through grooved metal rolls. This operation gives the paper its fluted shape in the single facer. Starch is applied to the tips of the flutes on one side, the outer liner and the inner liner are glued to the tips of the corrugated medium sheet of paper. The Corrugated board comes out of the corrugator.
The final stage of the process consists in printing and then slotting, folding and gluing the corrugated board to manufacture a corrugated container/box.
Different operations are carried out according to the customer’s specification and according to the type of packaging.
The converting process varies according to the type of packaging.
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