Void Fill

Written by Patricia Skinner
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No matter how carefully you pack your goods, if the boxes or containers shift about during transit you could sustain big losses from packages breaking open on impact. Every year lots of expensive merchandise is written off because of this very problem. So what's the solution?

If there was something that would prevent the boxes from moving around in transit, whatever the mode of transport, breakage and damage could be greatly reduced. Void fill is the answer. Filling up the spaces between containers so that nothing can move or slide around will dramatically reduce losses. If that void fill were also the type of material that would absorb shocks so that any small movement didn't result in impact, then it would be even better.

The Perfect Answer to Void Fill Requirements

It stands to reason that whatever you use would need to be ultra light and easy to apply. Polyurethane foam is just such a substance. What's more, you can get a polyurethane gun that will apply foam for a variety of purposes so that you can use it for packaging of your items as well as void fill.

If you need something that doesn't stick to surfaces, foam in a bag is the answer. You can use it in the same way, but instead of spraying the foam directly into the void, you will fill bags of whatever size you need with it first. Foam in a bag can be used more than once for void fill purposes, until it loses its resilience, then it will need to be replaced.


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