The globalization of markets and the rise of online commerce have turned protective packaging into an essential part of doing business. These are packaging solutions that can maintain the integrity of the product transported in them during the entire distribution cycle. However, a good package does not only have to protect the goods, but must also be an economically viable and sustainable, environmentally-friendly solution.

Being aware of all available options to achieve an economic, environmentally-friendly and safe product packaging allows companies to have a competitive advantage. 

 

What is protective packaging?

Different types of materials are transported and shipped on a daily basis. That is why during transport, packages are subject to falls, rough handling or unexpected movements on the road, making them prone to damage.

Protective packaging is designed to protect and cushion a product from damage that may occur during the distribution cycle. This protective packaging can be constructed of any material, including cardboard, plastic or metal.

It is used as primary packaging for some products or as secondary packaging, depending mainly on the product inside. Besides, the right protective packaging can also help your company reduce costs, be more sustainable and offer your customers maximum protection and maximum security.

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Benefits of protective packaging

Working in your company with this type of packaging solutions translates into multiple benefits. These are the most outstanding ones:

>Reduce costs

By using the right protective packaging, companies can reduce the cost of damage caused by inadequate cargo securing. Having adequate and quality packaging solutions offers to be forewarned in any situation.

>Storage optimization

Protective packaging helps companies with warehousing tasks, especially if large goods are involved. In addition, this type of packaging increases the number of goods a company can ship in a single shipment.

>Sustainable and environmentally friendly

There are also a myriad of new materials that allow for the production of recyclable or biodegradable packaging. Some of the most novel and effective sustainable packaging materials are:

  • Stretch film made out of non-petroleum resins.
  • Envelopes made out of recycled paper and film, also capable of protecting goods.
  • Eco-friendly solutions for the inside of the packaging, such as corrugated cardboard to divide the contents of the package, biodegradable inflatable bags to absorb shocks or dunnage made out of paper or recyclable materials.

 

Types of protective packaging

> Foam packaging fill

Foam packaging is among the most popular protective packaging options. The purpose of this material is to prevent damages caused by shocks by adding a cushioning filling material to prevent the product from moving inside, for example, a corrugated box. 

This solution may take the form of chips or peanuts, which are ideal when transporting irregularly-shaped products, since they conform to any shape inside the packaging boxes. Another option consists of the use of foam panels, which divide a box into smaller compartments that carry the product to be transported. This second option allows for the transportation of two different products inside one same product package, organizing the load inside it. 

> Bubble wrap

Bubble wrap is also an excellent protective packaging that is available as bags or film

It is a versatile option that has, however, dropped in popularity due to the newfound consumer sensitivity regarding plastics and eco-friendly packaging

> Paper wrap

Paper wrap is a form of protective packaging that is suitable for certain materials, with kraft paper being the most widespread in this category. 

It can be considered to be a sustainable option and is usually accompanied by packing tape for better adjustment of the load, though this requirement could be eliminated if several paper wrappings are used. This method has been successfully used for the transportation of dishware, though requiring the use of large amounts of material. 

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Tips for your protective packaging to fulfill its purpose

There are many protective packaging solutions out there, which means that each company must analyze different aspects before deciding for one or the other: 

1. Take into account the type of material being transported

Ceramic, food products and textiles are three examples of the large variety of products that protective packaging solutions must keep safe. 

The selection of systems and packaging materials must be part of the decisions that the company must keep in mind to choose the right packaging for the product that is being transported. This will allow the specific needs of the goods to be met and avoid inefficient situations such as an over-packaging or under-packaging, since both scenarios lead to unnecessary economic costs. 

2. Consider the route

Each transportation method (road, air, sea, etc.) involves specific risks related to the environmental conditions that the protective packaging must endure, in addition to possible impacts, vibrations or drops. 

In order to know exactly the risks that a product will be subject to along the selected route, systems such as the Data Recorder can be used. Once installed in the chosen transport, it will record the characteristics of a trip and the hazards that will threaten the package (axial and angular vibrations, shocks and accelerations). 

3. Comply with safety standards

There are multiple testing protocols and international standards related to protective packaging aimed at guaranteeing that it fulfills its purpose. It is therefore advisable to know the regulations that govern the transportation of the products to be transported, and apply the necessary protocols.

4. Test the design and monitor its performance

Striking a balance between protection, sustainability and economic efficiency requires the performance of an optimization study through the use of transport simulation machines.

These machines test the ability of a protective package to guarantee the safety of the product being transported, generating valuable information that allows companies to design or redesign their packages based on real transportation conditions.  

At Safe Load Testing Technologies we have a track record of two decades in the package transportation simulation industry. Always evolving, our machines are designed to comply with testing standards and offer an intuitive and simple use to the technicians. 

In addition, we offer consulting and training services to companies that are interested in improving their protective packaging and optimize all aspects of their packages. This means that we are one of the key suppliers in the provision of turnkey, personalized machines based on the needs of each company. Do you want to know more? Contact us to learn how we can help you optimize your protective packaging solutions.

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