Corrugated cardboard is an excellent packaging material that is widely used for transporting, storing and protecting goods. Through the new process developed by EUREKA project E! 1929 FACTORY FOLDHEX, corrugated cardboard can be transformed into a new honeycomb core that offers reduced weight, uses less raw material and achieves better crash absorption and higher compression resistance than double flute corrugated cardboard.
Honeycomb cores are already used in a variety of applications, including the aerospace and automotive industries, because of their outstanding performance in providing structural support and reducing weight. They are also recyclable and can even be produced from recycled paper. “However, current paper honeycomb production involves many distinct steps, making it too slow and too costly to target the corrugated cardboard market,” explains Jochen Pflug from the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at the project’s lead partner, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven).
To overcome this weakness, the project partners created an innovative and cost-effective process to produce the packaging material from a single continuous sheet of corrugated cardboard.
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