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Custom Foam Insert – For Protecting Your Equipment

Custom Foam Insert

There are many case manufacturers who send out a large volume of box inserts offering various styles of shipping cases in different dimensions and sizes. Many of these case businesses offer a custom foam insert. A few are layered foam which is cubed and some include solid layered foam. Many would like you to think that their cube foam is a simple method of creating your custom foam insert.

If you ever have utilized cubed foam or attempted to cut and put together your own custom foam insert you’ll have to agree the only actual method of making sure your equipment is protected includes having a professional cut and design your customized foam insert especially for the product you want protected and here is why.

Many cube foam inserts will be cut from 3” or 4” thick foam pieces. Within a typical 15-inch case base there’d be 3-inch to 4-inch thick pieces and 1-inch to 3-inch cubed foam layer. As you develop your cavities within the first 4-inch layer which works great so long as your product is 4-inches thick or less. What will happen if one of your products is, say, 6-inches thick.

One other issue with cube foam is that as the products are pulled out of their cavities then repeatedly pushed back inside their cavities, the cube foam usually degrades. Frequent pushing and pulling of the cubed foam cavities will cause them to begin degenerating in to smaller pieces and parts of the foam usually break off. Now the case will become filled with pick and pluck pieces of foam instead of the custom cavities you were thinking you would get when you bought the case.

By having a customized foam insert cut you do not need to be concerned with flaking because the cavity was made by cutting one solid foam piece. Plus, because custom foam inserts start as massive foam blocks you do not need to be concerned with how thick layers are because not just is the horizontal dimension accurate yet the vertical dimension may be cut to any required height.

In every way a customized foam insert is worth the small extra money from the start. Though pick and pluck foam is cheaper at the start, by the time you replace the foam a few times before realizing you should’ve had customized foam made to start with, customized foam winds up being less expensive if invested in from the start.

How to Reuse Custom Box Inserts

Custom Box Inserts

Custom box inserts are a very popular form of packaging. Manufacturers like to put their products into a box using these inserts for plenty of different reasons.

  • Display – The custom inserts are a great way to display a product in the best possible way. The product can be surrounded by graphics and can be held in a way within the box that makes it easy to see everything.
  • Protection – The custom inserts, especially a custom foam insert, offers maximum protection for the products that are inside.

While these benefits are great, there is a problem with the custom inserts. They cost more. For some businesses, the benefits outweigh the extra costs and that is what people are seeing so many custom box inserts in use today.

Waste Not, Want Not

One of the other costs that is not often thought of with the use of inserts is what happens after the package has been opened by the consumer. The inserts can easily end up in the trash and are just consider waste. They end up in a landfill. That is not a cost that people like to hear about, but there is something that they can do about it.

Instead of taking the inserts out of the box and tossing them into the trash, it is better to find ways to reuse them. With a little thought and creativity, it is possible to keep the inserts out of the landfill.

Ways to Reuse the Inserts

There are several ways to reuse the inserts and keep them out of the landfill.

  • Organizing – The custom inserts often have several small pockets in them. They can be used to hold small items in the bedroom, the tool shed or the junk drawer of the kitchen. It keeps things separate and easy to find.
  • Craft projects – When doing craft projects with kids, the different areas of the custom inserts can be used to hold small pieces or even to hold things like paint or other supplies for a child to use their creative juices with. They can help prevent a lot of messes.
  • Protect the item they held – The biggest advantage of a custom foam insert is the protection they offer for the product they hold. Instead of throwing them away, keep them and store the product in the box it came in with the inserts. It will remain protected and could last a lot longer.

The only limit on how to use the custom inserts is the imagination of the person that has them. If all else fails, the best way to reuse the custom inserts is to recycle them. That way they avoid the landfill and help protect the environment.

A Custom Foam Insert Ensures a Products Safety

Custom Foam Insert

When you ship a product—be it a delicate electronic component or a rugged die-cast steel part-you want to be sure that it arrives at its destination in the same condition in which it left your place of business. You know that improperly packing your product for shipment can lead to an unfavorable impression on the customers at best and an outright loss of the sale at worst.

Use foam inserts in your packing process to protect your products. If you ship a product to a customer without a custom foam insert to hold it in place and protect it, you never know what shape it will be in by the time it arrives at its final destination.

A product that arrives broken or damaged will end up costing your business money in the long run: you will have to deal with the employee time and hassle in conversing with the customer, determining the correct course of action, and fixing the situation. You may also deal with increased costs to your business in the form of additional inventory being shipped to replace the broken product, along with multiple shipping charges.

And, even then, you probably know that a customer who receives a product that is broken or damaged is more likely to go to your competition the next time that customer needs something. Fortunately, you can prevent these unpleasant situations by using foam inserts in your shipping process.

A custom foam insert will fit neatly inside your shipping container, and it will hold your product in place throughout the shipping process. If you are shipping multiple pieces of product, you don’t need to go to the extra expense and hassle of shipping it in multiple boxes; instead, use foam inserts in a single box so you can keep the pieces of the product from damaging each other during shipment.

We know that boxes—and products—come in all shapes and sizes. For this reason, when you contact us for foam inserts we will create a custom foam insert specifically to fit your shipping needs. We are not going to try a one-size-fits-all approach to packing your product. Your business is important to us and we are proud of the quality of our foam inserts.

Contact us today for all of your shipping needs. We are here to help!