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How to Protect Fragile Goods

Supplier: Signet By: Steph Wilkin
27 March, 2015

Picking the right protective packaging and using it correctly is not only important, it can also save you time and money.

Have you ever wondered what happens to your goods after they leave your warehouse and worry that your fragile items won't arrive in tact? Transporting or storing items can sometimes result in goods being dropped, bumped, vibrated or impacted. This makes picking the right protective packaging and using it correctly important, as it can save you time and money.

As trusted packaging experts, we have put together a quick guide of some common types, as well as a video demonstrating how they are used. Read on to find out more.

The most common type of protective packaging is bubblewrap. New technologies have meant that bubblewrap is more specialised. The bubbles can be made in different sizes, the wrap can be pre-slit for easy tearing, there is an environmentally friendly option or an anti-static option that is perfect for electronics.

Bubblewrap is beneficial as it cushions goods from shock and vibration. It is also really light which means it won’t add to shipping costs and is usually transparent which helps for easy identification of contents. Bubblewrap is ideal for highly fragile to moderately fragile items.

PadPak is the environmentally friendly option for protecting fragile items. It consists of using fan-fold style paper made from recycled materials which can block, brace, coil or wrap around fragile items. Once used, the paper can be recycled immediately. Due to the different ways it can be used, PadPak is suited to moderately fragile to highly fragile items.

Another option is the Wonderfil inflatable packaging system. This desktop machine automatically inflates the wrap, and then fills the next wrap when the first is removed. The wrap can be deflated and re-inflated with no loss of integrity. The Wonderfil is ideal for moderately fragile items.

Instapak Quick RT is a foam packaging that moulds around your fragile items. To use, apply pressure to the bag and rapidly compress to start the chemical reaction. Make sure that you place your item in the foam before it solidifies so it forms around the product. Instapak is perfect for moderately fragile to highly fragile items.

For a visual guide on how to use these items, click on the video below.