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Using foam in transit packaging

foam inserts used for returnable packaging

We use closed-cell polyethylene foam in many of our returnable packaging solutions. Ordinarily, we use a low density 45kg (LD45) or 33kg (LD33) – the weight refers to the foam’s density in kilograms per cubic meter (kg/m3). These lightweight foams are cost-effective, easy to handle, machine and have ideal properties to protect parts and components during transit.

LD45 and LD33 foam are known for their excellent shock absorption and cushioning properties, which make them an ideal material for a variety of applications, but particularly for protective packaging solutions. Its closed-cell structure also make the foam resistant to water, chemicals, and UV radiation, which enhances its durability and longevity and so can be used over and over again without significant deterioration.

The soft and cushioning texture additionally protects ‘A’ face, often painted, surfaces preventing marking, damage or deformation of the items being held.

The foam is also easily fabricated, which makes it an ideal choice for our custom foam inserts, pads and castellations in our returnable packaging solutions. It can be cut, shaped, and even moulded to create a custom fit for a specific product. Depending on the final specification required, GCIP waterjet cut or “press” the foam to create profiles, slots and cut-outs to securely hold the component in place.

Our foam inserts are widely used in industries such as electronics, aerospace, automotive, and medical.

GCIP are a leading supplier of transit packaging in foam and we’re here to help find the perfect solution to your materials handling requirements.

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