Advantages of using molded foam packaging
Light in weight – foam is light in weight and when products are shipped it does not add to cost of transport or storage. The cost is minimized yet the superiority of molded foam packaging allows the product to survive rough handling.
Versatility – means that this form of packaging is available for products in different shapes, sizes and weight. Molded foam fits securely on the product and it can be customized on demand based on the structure of the product. When sending electrical components or highly fragile products like art or sculpture, it is an important requisite that the products be protected from harsh conditions which is successfully achieved through molded foam packaging.
Strength – even if it is light in weight, molded foam packaging is very strong. Whatever products are contained without the mold is given a superior kind of protection. Manufacturers need not worry about any breakages or damages that will ultimately lead to losses when transporting large items.
Recyclable – is one of the more significant advantages of molded foam packaging. After the product has reached its destination, the end-user can always recycle the packaging. Recycling not only reduces waste, it minimizes the use of natural resources, hazardous emissions and threats to landfills. Expanded polystyrene foam scrap can easily be recycled and used in the production of clothes hangers, toys, picture frames, pots, containers and many other useful products.
Expanded polystyrene (EPS) for custom foam packaging
EPS is widely used for foam packaging because of its characteristics of strength and cushioning performance. It also possesses excellent insulation values and can be produced in different densities based on the requirements of a product. For example, the kind of EPS foam used for packaging a yogurt container is different from what is used for the internal components of a car. High impact EPS might be required for sensitive car components for protection in case it is dropped during transit. EPS foam is also the solution for molded foam packaging of electronic equipment like computers, electronic gadgets and other expensive products.
When expanded polystyrene is used for molded foam packaging, it is commonly injection molded; vacuum formed or extruded using a special process. It is expected that the market value of expanded polystyrene will soar with the growing popularity of molded foam packaging among manufacturers of products due to the superior protection it provides.