Internal Protection Packaging Options
It is significant to cushion the contents of your packaging properly.
It’s a good idea that you wrap each one of your items separately as fragile items need to be kept away from each other, corners, sides, top, ect.
Each item should be surrounded by two inches (50mm) of cushioning at the least and be placed at least 50mm away from the walls of the box to insure maximum protection. This helps prevent the product from becoming damaged and prevents the contents from shock and vibration.
Please use appropriate cushioning material joined with a relevant outer container, to protect your shipment fully. Make sure you use a substantial amount of cushioning material to ensure that the contents don’t move when you shake the container.
Inappropriate cushioning material includes clothing, blankets, towels, newspaper/newsprint and pillows. For the correct materials please use the lists below to cushion and protect your shipment.
Air-encapsulated plastic (small and large cell bubble sheeting)
- Constructed to protect and cushion lightweight items.
- Used in numerous wraps and layers to make sure that the item is fully protected.
Inflatable packaging (air bags)
- Used primarily as void-fill materials for lightweight items.
- Not recommended for items with sharp corners or edges.
- Extreme temperatures may affect the affect the ability of air bags to provide necessary product protection.
Expand polystyrene “peanuts” (loose fill)
- Used primarily as void-fill material for lightweight items.
- Overfill the box, carefully close the flaps, and then seal firmly.
- Do not use with flat or narrow items that could move to the edge or bottom of the carton in transport.
- Due to the shifting and settling properties of peanuts, it is recommended that no little than 2 inches of cushioning is to be used around the contents.
- It is also recommended that flat pieces of corrugated sheet board be used between contents and peanuts to help stop migration through the peanuts.
- Peanuts cause static electricity which means it may damage electronic items. Anti-static peanuts are best to be used with electronic items. Use plastic bags, bubble sheeting, or other items to wrap the item so peanuts will not force themselves into areas that may course harm to your products.
- Materials may include expanded polystyrene, polyethylene, polypropylene, or copolymers.
- Enclosures should be pre-engineered for specific products.
- Foam-in place/Foam-in-bag
- It is a foam sprayed into the box or mixed in packets which then expands to form a protective mould around the contents.
- It must be properly used, with an even foam distribution around the contents.
- This is because, this material is offered in varying densities, it is important to chose the most appropriate foam to meet the requirements of the product.
Corrugated liners and inserts
- Can be added to the package to increase strength and improve package performance.
Crumpled kraft paper
- Used primarily as a void-fill material for light-to-medium weight, non-fragile items and items that are suitable for such packaging materials.
- It must be tightly crumpled.
- Placed at least two inches of paper between contents and outer box.
Note: Delicate objects such as electronics, glass, ceramics and artwork, depend upon special packaging for safe shipment. Packages containing these and similar items may require extra cushioning or a double/over box.