Industrial products can be protected from damage during transit by the use of foam inserts. These case inserts can be custom-made for an application, or they can be stock purchased from a supplier who has prefabricated/generic stockpiles. This article discusses some factors that are used by design teams to make custom case inserts. Use this information to help you as you decide whether you need custom foam inserts, or the ordinary ones are sufficient for your needs.
Designers of custom foam inserts consider temperature as they make case inserts. For instance, foam inserts soften when subjected to high temperatures. They will harden once they are subjected to low temperatures. The designers work with the client to establish the temperature range within which the inserts will be used. For instance, they can design foam inserts that will remain very effective in hot climates if you will ship the products to a hot area.
The Fragility of Your Products
It is obvious that very fragile products (such as ceramics) need more protection/cushioning than less fragile products (such as toolboxes). Makers of custom foam inserts test the product you want to package and once they establish how delicate it is then they come up with an insert that will offer adequate protection. For instance, they may make thicker case inserts for glass products and thinner inserts for wooden products. You can be certain that products packaged in custom inserts will be safer from damage than products packaged in ordinary inserts purchased without special attention being put towards making them suitable for the specific application at your facility.
Expected Frequency of Use
Foam inserts gradually compress and become less effective if they are used repeatedly. Designers of custom case inserts put this factor into consideration. They get information from clients about the estimated number of times the insert will be reused. Based on that information, appropriate foam inserts are made. For instance, thicker inserts can be designed to cater for the deterioration caused by repeated use of an insert.
As you can see, a lot of thought goes into the process of making custom case inserts. You may think that you will be saving money by avoiding to order custom inserts but the higher cost of rejected products (due to damage during transit) will eat into your profits. Talk to a case inserts maker and discuss how you can get custom inserts at an affordable rate.