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Laminated polyethylene foam is becoming a more popular packaging solution, increasing productivity with the efficiency of wrapping components just once instead of twice, providing the protection and cushioning required. Available in both regular and anti-static material, with your desired foam thickness and laminated to a variety of materials including bubble wrap, single face corrugated and Kraft papers. 

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When the texture of bubble cells or packaging papers may affect the surface of the item being packaged, a layer of soft polyethylene foam if often used to wrap it first, followed by a layer of bubble wrap or paper packaging to provide the more robust cushioning required to protect the product. 
So why take the time wrapping your item twice? Laminated polyethylene foam is available in more options by special order, the cost is similar to purchasing the two materials individually, the product is more professionally packaged, and you save on labour. 
Laminated foam tubing is also available increasing packaging efficiency even further, it is exactly what it sounds like, a continuous sleeve of foam laminated to the material of your choice, offering the flexibility to be cut and sealed at your desired length. Ideal for creating a pouch or bag for long or awkward shaped items.

For details on laminated foam roll dispensers please contact our sales team.

What thickness foam should you use?

This is an important question, and requires consideration, firstly what is the application? Is the foam purpose a surface protection, a shock absorber, or both? If the foam is strictly being used for keeping surfaces free from abrasion damage during transit, usually a thinner foam would be adequate protection. However, the heavier the parts get and, especially if they are packed together inside the same box, there is a higher likelihood of impact between the products, causing paint chips and possibly even dents in the surface. In these instances, thicker foam providing a higher level of surface protection and shock resistance is better. 
Lastly, as always, as labour is often a greater expense than materials, it is the balance of material usage and labour that we’re trying to achieve. You can always wrap something more than once, but this option brings added labour cost to the packing process, which could be eliminated by using thicker foam.
Below is a basic guideline for suggested uses, however in some cases we recommend testing to ensure complete satisfaction is met.
1/32” Polyethylene Foam common uses; automotive parts, household appliances
1/16” Polyethylene Foam common uses; polished surfaces, glass & crystal, mirrored surfaces
3/32” Polyethylene Foam common uses; metal parts, artwork & plaques
1/8” Polyethylene Foam common uses; aircraft parts, furniture
1/4” Polyethylene Foam common uses; electronic equipment, interleaving between heavy components
1/2" Polyethylene Foam common uses; sharp edged products, heavy items, light fixtures

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