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Searching for Glossary of Industry Terms for US and UK

By Ralph Young

July 14, 2022

(from original Ask Ralph blog)

Ted asks:

I’m looking for a glossary of corrugated terms that we use in the United States. Everything to do with corrugated, containerboard, tooling, equipment and testing as much of a comprehensive list as we can compile. We’re working with a company in the UK and their design team is using terms that we’re unfamiliar with or can’t easily translate off the top of our heads. I want to compile a glossary of industry terms with brief definitions, much like a translation lexicon, so they can then add their term next to the relative definition. The goal is to streamline communications and make life easier for both groups.

I have an old Fiber Box Handbook that is the starting point but very incomplete. If you have something that you can send me or guide me to, it would be most appreciated.

Even here in the US we can have different terms for the same thing. Anilox roll and ink roll for example. So, communicating with someone in another country where, for example, ‘printing plates’ may be called ‘stereos’, can certainly be a bit of a task until you learn the lingo.

Below are a few links to some publicly accessible collections of industry terms that are a good source of information and hopefully will contribute to your project.

When you complete your glossary, I hope you will share it with us and our readers.

https://www.propac.com/packaging-materials/corrugated-shipping-cases/glossary-corrugated-material-terms/

https://www.gwp.co.uk/guides/packaging-terminology-terms-definitions/

https://packagingschool.com/packaging-glossary/

– Ralph

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