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What materials can be used for packaging?

When in a production environment a lot of packaging materials can be used in order to package goods safely.
packaging materials being used in a warehouse

What materials can be used for packaging?

Cardboard boxes are the main component when packaging products. Cardboard boxes range in a slimline single wall and go all the way up to a heavy-duty tri-wall. Depending on what products you are packing depends on what grade of cardboard should be used. You should take into account both the weight and size of the product.

As well as that, a type of infill should be incorporated into your packaging process. Whether that be, loose fill (packaging peanuts) which are individual packaging pieces that provide robust protection to your goods.

Bubblewrap and corrugated paper are similar in the sense that they are both on a roll and can be cut to size to provide a layer of protection around the products you are packaging.

Bubblewrap is available in small and large bubbles and is all down to preference. Corrugated rolls are a single faced cardboard; a much eco-friendlier alternative to Bubblewrap, also providing a more robust layer of protection.

Packing tapes are a great product when packaging goods. Tapes are used to seal the contents of the box. There are many variations of packaging tapes. The adhesive is one of the most important parts, depending on the quality of the box used and the contents should depend on what type of tape to use. A reinforced cross weave tape is made up of a reinforced rubber adhesive, providing superior protection to the box and its contents. An acrylic tape is made up of a water based adhesive and is an economy tape making it one of the cheapest across the industry. Hot Melt & PVC are a higher-grade adhesive providing a greater level of protection than acrylic, protecting the contents of your box and preventing the seal of the box to be broken easily when in storage or transportation.

Finally, pallet wrap is a material that can be used for packaging if the items you are packaging are to be put onto pallets and either transported or kept in storage.

Pallet Wrap is available in a variation of lengths, widths, colours and thickness’s and is also hand and machine applicable. Both hand and machine Pallet Wrap is most commonly available in black and clear.

The transparent wrap allows you to see your products easily and can be referred to when in storage. Black Wrap is most commonly used as a security film, as you are unable to see what lies beneath.

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Matthew Hayes is the head of sales and marketing here at Pacsafe. 

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