Packages go through a lot throughout its delivery journey. Aside from exposure to different elements, packages also have to put through with rough handling and continuous movement, which endanger the physical integrity of the items within. That is why cushioning is very important when it comes to packaging.
Benefits of padding/cushioning your items:
It protects them from impact, abrasion and other types of damage
It keeps them from moving too much or being displaced during transit
Allows them to withstand weight when stacked
There are many different items that you can use for cushioning your items. Below are the most commonly used items for this purpose.
Bubble wrap is a popular choice for preventing package damage. It provides excellent cushioning for a wide range of items, from small machine parts and electronic components to home appliances. They can be reused a number of times and there are a number of different types to choose from, including anti-static bubble wrap and degradable bubble wrap.
Foam sheets provide great abrasion protection, which is why it is used often when packaging gadgets and appliances with screens. Foam paper can also be used for cushioning items made of wood, glass, ceramic and steel. A single layer of foam paper is not as effective in cushioning items as bubble wrap is, but multiple layers will offer better protection.
Air pillows are similar to bubble wrap in that they employ pockets of air to absorb impact and hold items in place. What’s different is that while bubble wrap uses a lot of small air pockets, air pillows use large ones. You can get air pillows premade, or you can also buy them deflated and just inflate them yourself using a designated air pump.
Void fill items are very effective - and convenient to use - as packaging cushioners. With void fill, you can protect your items from impact regardless of their shape as long as you use the right amount of filling and the appropriate carton size. Together with bubble wrap and air pillow, void fill is among the best protection options that you can use for fragile items.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to effectively cushion your items. If bubble wrap, foam paper, air pillows and void fill are not among your options, you can use wrapping paper. Wrapping paper is a highly versatile packaging material and there are many ways to use it to protect your items.
One example is by crumpling the wrapping paper. Wrapping items in multiple layers also works. In addition, it can absorb moisture and also acts as a deodoriser, providing better protection for your items.
Protective packaging by Hunter Industrial Supplies
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