Quick Guide to the Different Types of Protective Materials for Packaging

Quick Guide to the Different Types of Protective Materials for Packaging

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As a manufacturer or powder coater, you're all too familiar with the hazards and rigors of transportation. The bumps and bruises of the road often result in chips, dents, dings, and other types of damage. However, this type of damage doesn't have to be tolerated! Today, there are several different types of protective materials that can be used for packaging. 

And the team at Frank Lowe utilizes a range of different protective materials to create the custom solution your product deserves. Let's take a closer look at a few of the top types of protective materials used for packaging.  

Loosefill Protective Materials

Loosefill, foam peanuts, and packing peanuts are all monikers used to explain a wildly popular protective material. While packing peanuts are a foam-based product, these styrofoam pieces do belong in a class of their own. As the name suggests, packing peanuts look extremely similar to the shape of a peanut and are used to provide cushioning and absorb impacts. A few key attributes include: 

  • They serve as a filler to protect fragile items
  • Are usually included in cardboard boxes
  • Can be the perfect solution to create a cushioning effect

Packaging Shavings Protective Materials

Packaging shavings are protective materials that can be used in bunches to protect cargo. Packaging shavings can be cardboard, paper, or plastic and will come in varying sizes and thicknesses. These protective materials are utilized as fillers for items that can be transported in groups. Similar to loose fill and packaging peanuts, shavings are usually used on the inside of a cardboard box or shipping crate. 

  • Shavings work to create a cushioning effect
  • They prevent items from freely moving
  • Can be extremely cost effective

Padded Divider Sets Protective Materials

Padded dividers are a type of protective material that works as compartmentalized boxes within the larger box for the protection, organization, and transportation of products. Padded divider sets are commonly used to move smaller, more fragile items, such as household wares and electronic products. Because they are three-dimensional structures, it's likely to organize products whose transportation can be otherwise incompatible. A few key points about padded divider sets include:

  • Can be ideal protective materials when sending a collection of items
  • Can be used to ship two separate incompatible things in a single package

Bubble Wrap Protective Materials

Bubble wrap is recognized as one of the best and most widely-known types of protective materials. As you know, bubble wrap has tiny bubbles that work to cushion goods, which can help protect products from shocks and other threats. At the same time, bubble wrap can serve as protective wrapping and packaging material.  

  • Offered in roll form for wrapping large items
  • Bubbles can rupture, leaving the product unguarded

Packing Paper

Another wildly common type of protective material is packing paper or kraft paper. This material is much more dense and sturdy than the standard paper used for writing and is usually offered in rolls. A few important points about packing paper are:

  • Butcher paper and kraft paper are two subtypes of packing paper
  • Different types of adhesive should be used to keep it in place

Packaging Foam Protective Materials

Packaging foam is probably one of the largest categories of protective materials. It encompasses a vast range of products that can be cut and formed into certain items for your product. Unlike packing peanuts, this type of foam is much denser and bulker in size, which has its pros as well as cons. 

  • Popular types of packaging foam include sponge rolls, egg crates, sheets, and foam rolls
  • It has no definite shape
  • Packaging foam protective materials are measured by firmness

WOW Pads Are the Best Protective Materials for Powder-Coated and Fragile Metals 

If you're looking for the best way to protect powder-coated, fragile, or teflon-coated components throughout shipping, storage, and installation; Frank Lowe's new WOW Pads are in a class of their own. In fact, WOW Pads are the most cost-effective and efficient type of packing used to protect finished components from beginning to end. These small and mighty pads are engineered to prevent dents, chips, and scratches that can occur during transportation and storage. 

WOW Pads are offered in custom sizes and shapes based on your unique needs. Each pad is engineered from either White Polyfoam or NeoRebond material and features an easy-to-use, peel-and-stick removable adhesive backing. Because of these desirable attributes, WOW Pads offer a distinguished number of benefits over other protective materials:

  1. Save time. They are extremely easy to apply and take a fraction of the time compared to traditional protective materials
  2. Save money. You'll spend much less on packaging materials. In fact, clients report savings of up to 25%
  3. Save space. WOW Pads are extremely compact and take a fraction of the space required for other materials. 
  4. Eco-friendly solution. Frank Lowe's NeoRebond WOW Pads are actually made from recycled materials, which makes them environmentally friendly. 

Contact Frank Lowe for Custom Packaging Solutions

When it comes to shipping your product, it's of the highest importance you invest in custom packaging solutions. And the team at Frank Lowe can help. We will work closely with you to design and create the best packaging solution for your product. 

Contact Frank Lowe today.

About the Author Randy Cohen

Since 2002, Randy Cohen has served as the Senior Vice President of Frank Lowe — leading Sales and Marketing as well as a variety of Administrative operations. Randy has 25 years of experience with a background in sales & marketing, production and business management, serving both government agencies and private industry. He holds a B.A from Syracuse University and a Masters and Professional Diploma from Fordham University. Randy uses his unique set of experiences to help businesses and entities across all sectors explore, pursue, and create better solutions.

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