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31.10.2011 - Cartonboard Know-How

Caliper defines the distance between top and reverse side of a cartonboard sheet.



Test Standard

EN 20534         

General information 

A fundamental physical property that define a cartonboard is its caliper (thickness). The thickness of a cartonboard is measured in accordance with EN 20534 in µm (microns). It is defined as the distance between the two surfaces of a cartonboard sample, which is determined by a standardized test method under the influence of a defined static load.

Additional details – practical relevance

The thickness, together with the strength properties of the outer layers of a multilayer board, plays an important role in optimizing the stiffness of a board. A decrease in thickness with constant grammage inevitably leads to a decrease in stiffness. The thickness also plays an important role in the production of cartonboard, as the creasing and die-cutting tools only work optimally within a thickness range designed for this purpose. Optimum creasing and die-cutting results help to prevent cracking.