When you’re transporting valuable goods and stock the last thing that you want is for it to get damaged. Save time and money in the future by properly bedding your items down before making long journeys. EPS foams are expanded polystyrene; they give control over packing but are unsuitable for some roles.
Foam is a substance that is formed by trapping pockets of gas in either a liquid or a solid. From the bath accessory to the head of beer, foam turns up in all kinds of places. Open-cell foam is what a scrubbing sponge is made of, liquid can flow through it, whereas closed-cell foam is sealed so that it cannot be penetrated by water. Finding the right sort of foam can be a task. Bubble wrap is foam that is not dense at all, it does offer protection but the amount of bubbles is hundreds not thousands or millions. Increasing density can increase absorption of shocks and other stressors.
Types of Foam Recommended for Use
Ethafoam and Stratocell Polyethylene foam are both safe and environmentally friendly solutions. Disposal of both types is ecological; they are recycled to be used in plastic products. Ethafoam is a high performance extruded laminate plank that is recognised the world over for its use in military, electronic, and automotive packaging. Being 100% recyclable Ethafoam is a step into the 21st century for plastics.
Ethafoam can easily be cut to size and exhibits the following properties: shock absorbing, vibrations dampening, insulation and thermal conductivity, water resistance, cushioning, flexibility, chemical resistance, heat and tear resistance. As it has closed cell formation Ethafoam makes for a strong resilient foam. When heated above 70 degrees Celsius Ethafoam will soften and lose its ability to absorb shocks and vibrations.
Coming in a range of colours, Ethafoam is a stylish and practical solution for protecting delicate goods in transit. It can even be used in aircraft seating as the foam conforms to the Federal Aviation Regulations for commercial aircraft interior compartment components.
Stratocell foam is a cost efficient way to get a tailored fitted product. It comes in a variety of densities- 25kg/m3-65kg/m3. Also available are anti-static variants (pink in colour) as well as thin high density foam. All these features make for a very secure and protected environment whilst travelling. You don’t have to worry about getting wet either- Stratocell is both buoyant and water resistant. Colour, thickness, size and shape are all customisable too.
If you need a little more strength an additional layer of polyethylene film can be added. Stratocell makes for a popular tray template foam for housing sensitive electronic equipment, by virtue of its anti-static properties it is shock absorbent.