Flexible Packaging

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Using flexible packaging for all your precious items will ensure that they reach their destination in one piece. In fact, the more flexibility there is in any form of packaging, the better protected the goods inside are. One of the most flexible of all types of materials used for packaging is spray in place foam packaging. Companies everywhere are discovering how versatile and convenient this method of packaging fragile goods is; not to mention highly cost effective.

Invariably applied with a spray gun, polyurethane foam can be used to provide a cushioned base in a container or flatbed truck that will be transporting fragile items. It can also be used as a packing material. Ideally, the item to be transported will be wrapped in polythene or some other protective layer, and then immersed in spray on foam. As the foam cures and hardens, the item will be protected by its very own custom container.

Using Spray On Foam

In addition to flexible packaging uses, spray in place foam is commonly used as a void fill to restrain packing cases from sliding and colliding during transit too. For highly sensitive items, it is advisable to use the highest density polyurethane foam as this will give the greatest shock absorbing characteristics. Layers of foam around an object will give the best protection.

When you have many items to ship, all the same shape, you can prepare protective packages for them using wooden molds, very quickly and easily on demand. However, it is generally considered that spray in place packaging is most suitable for items that need specialized individual packaging. This may include such items as highly sensitive engineering items or precious antiques, to give two examples.

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