Choosing the right packaging materials for your product
by Duncan Geddes
From displaying delicate products to transporting high-end electronics and industrial equipment, finding the right type of packaging materials for your products is essential. As a specialist in the manufacture of foam packaging, Technical Foam Services are ready to create a bespoke solution for you.
But which packaging materials should you use for your product? From foam inserts to egg crate foam and beyond, let’s investigate the wide range of options available.
High Density Foam
Ideal for: high-value products
A heavy-duty option for protecting expensive or delicate equipment, high density foam is a closed-cell construction. This allows it to provide impact absorption and high load-bearing capacity despite being lightweight and thin.
In addition, high density foam is ideal for packaging electrical equipment due to its anti-static properties.
On average, high density foams can last upwards of 10 years depending on the use and care of the material.
Other key properties include:
- Fire retardant
- UV resistant
- Moisture resistant
- Chemical resistant.
Learn more about the applications of high density foams.
Egg Crate Foam
Ideal for: transporting unusually shaped products
Ensuring the safety of goods that are in non-standard shapes can be a major challenge for OEMs and other suppliers – specialist components must be packed correctly to avoid damage during transit.
Egg crate foam is an ideal solution in these situations. Thanks to its convoluted surface of continuous peaks and troughs, the product can be sandwiched between two sheets so that they interlock. This provides cushioning and protection while holding products securely in a way that flat sheets would be unable to achieve.
Egg crate inserts are non-abrasive and can be designed to fit bespoke products, making it the protective material of choice for line hard cases, which carry everything from electronics to musical instruments.
Learn more about the applications of egg crate foams.
Ideal for: protection and presentation
Foam inserts perform a dual purpose, both protecting items and keeping them in pristine condition but also doubling as a display. This makes them ideal for jewellery, glassware and hard cases for storing tools or camera equipment.
Technical Foam services offer an extensive range of foam inserts made from die-cut open cell Polyurethane (PU) or water jet cut closed-cell Polyethylene (PE), all designed to be both lightweight and durable. Inserts can be cut to any size or shape, as required.
Foam Laminated Fabric
Ideal for: company-branded inserts
Fabric faced case inserts can be created in a wide range of colours, allowing for products to not only arrive safely but also be beautifully presented in brand colours.
The fabric is typically created using brushed nylons and is bonded to the foam before cutting. This allows the fabric faced insert to be cut and shaped to exact specifications, ensuring that the fit is perfect, and the final look is spectacular.
In addition to their aesthetic appeal, fabric faced foam inserts can be produced using a range of foam types and densities including closed cell polyethylene foam. This means it can offer the highest levels of protection during transportation and an eye-catching look as a presentation display on arrival.
Learn more about the applications of Foam Laminated Fabric.
Ideal for: large and heavier goods
Commonly known as reconstituted foam, chipfoam is ideal for a broad range of packing solutions due to its cost-effectiveness and versatility.
Made from scrap polyurethane foam that has been granulated and bonded, chipfoam offers the same performance quality as other polyurethane materials while gaining flexibility and strength from the bonding process.
Open cell in construction, chipfoam is ideal for protecting large and heavy items during transit. This could be anything from machinery to computers.
Chipfoam can be produced in a range of densities and colours and provides such a high standard of protection that is the military’s packaging of choice.
Learn more about the applications of chipfoam.
Ideal for: packaging moisture-sensitive goods
Used in many medical and cosmetic applications, hydrophilic foam is best for packaging and transporting moisture-sensitive goods.
Hydrophilic polyurethane foams can be produced in a range of grades and to meet the most rigorous of specifications.
In addition to high strength and absorbency, other key properties include:
Learn more about the applications of Hydrophilic Foams.
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