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Polyethylene foam or bubble wrap tubing is exactly what it sounds like, a continuous sleeve of foam or bubble wrap, or combined; laminated foam and bubble wrap, that has the flexibility to be cut and sealed at your desired length. Ideal for creating bags or pouches for long or awkward shaped items, and available in both regular and anti-static materials. 

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  • If bubble or foam tubing is the perfect packaging solution for you, we recommend you also purchase an impulse heat sealer for a fast and efficient closure and to ensure that strong seal.
  • Used for packaging wood moldings, lightbulbs, metal pipes or tubing and more.
  • Polyethylene foam tubing and bubble wrap tubing is also available laminated to single face corrugated and kraft papers.
  • For details on bubble and foam tubing dispensers please contact our sales team.

What Thickness Foam is Most Suitable for Your Application?

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 labor 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

What Size Bubble Cell is Best for Your Application?

  • Small bubble is not as soft as large bubble but can support more weight. It is the most popular, or commonly used size. 3/16” bubble has less impact or shock protection than large bubble, it is ideally used for protection against dents, chips, scrapes and scratches.
    Common Uses: Protecting glass and chinaware, jewelry, small appliances and digital items including cell phones. With its lightweight and versatile properties, it is often used by moving companies.
  • Medium bubble is used for heavier or larger items, 5/16” bubble provides more shock absorption than 3/16” while still offering the surface protection that 3/16” bubble offers. 
    Common Uses: It’s ideal for wrapping more bulky items that require thicker cushioning including artwork, mirrors and frames, heavier machinery or components.
  • Large bubble has the greatest shock or impact resistance of all bubble sizes and therefore often used to fill the empty spaces in larger containers to protect grouped items. Its large, 1/2" soft cells are ideal for protecting those extra delicate items or simply just offering cushioning between layered products. 
    Common Uses: These large cells offer great extra thickness void fill for large cases, cartons, containers or crates. Large bubble is also used to wrap and protect large pieces of furniture.
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