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Foam Information

Foam information for our foam filled, foam lined and anti-static foam options:

1.6# ELE Foam Filled
Your case will be foam filled with combinations of 2" and 1" solid layers of medium density 1.6# ELE foam. This is the most common foam used in the shipping case industry and is grey in color. This medium density foam is perfect for all light and medium weight applications. The foam is cut to the interior dimension of the case and then laid into place. Both the Base and Lid are filled. This allows you the ability to remove and cut strategic layers as needed. For tips on customizing the foam yourself please check out our "Do it yourself" section.

1.8# PE 1" Foam Lined
The complete interior of your case will be foam lined with 1" of high density polyethylene foam. This is black in color and is commonly used in the case packaging industry. This high density foam is perfect for medium and heavy duty weight requirements, military environments or high usage applications. Polyethylene is a closed cell foam so it holds up well against moisture, solvents and oils. For tips on customizing the foam yourself please check out our "Do it yourself" section.

1.2# Anti-Static Urethane Foam Filled
Your case will be foam filled with combinations of 2" and 1" solid layers of medium density Anti-Static Urethane foam. This foam is Pink in color and is cut to the interior dimension of the case and then laid into place. Both the Base and Lid are filled full. This allows you the ability to remove and cut strategic layers as needed. This foam is perfect for all light and medium weight applications. For tips on customizing the foam yourself please check out our "Do it yourself" section.

Descriptions of the types of foams we use.

ELE Foam (Ether like Ester) – Open cell, low cost polyurethane foam that has the look and feel of poly-ester foam. Available in 1.6# density. It is grey in color and is the most common foam used in the shipping case industry.

Polyethylene foam (Aka HDPE) – Closed cell, high density foam that is resistant to solvent, oils, greases and most common chemicals. This material is available in densities ranging from 2.0# density to 9#. This foam meets the PPC-1752D spec and is also available in a special Military grade.

What is Anti-Static foam and why should I consider using it?

By the nature of its chemical composition and high surface area, polyurethane foam is prone to the build-up of static charges. This characteristic is overcome with the addition of antistatic chemical additives. These additives are usually incorporated into the foam during the manufacturing process. This assures even distribution throughout the foam for uniform anti-static protection. Anti-static polyurethane foam has become a preferred packaging material for objects which may be harmed by static discharge such as computer hard drives, memory chips and electronic circuitry. Packaging a circuit board in a shielding bag with conventional packaging foam may not be adequate static protection. An anti-static treated polyurethane foam should also be incorporated into the packaging design. Anti-Static foam is available in 1.2# - 2.0# densities and is pink in color.

What is convoluted foam?

Convoluted foam is commonly referred to as egg crate foam. This is a foam that has been specially processed to produce peaks and valleys onto the surface of the foam. This is ideal for applications were you do not wish to have cavities created to hold item(s) into place but rather have the foam compress around them. This allows you to reuse the case for various a items that may range in thickness.

What is cubed foam?

(Also known as Pick n’ Pluck or diced foam) This foam is offered in most small to medium sized cases. It is a foam that has been perforated all the way through into a predetermined pattern. The most common pattern would be in 1/4" cubes although this may vary from manufacture to manufacture. This foam allows you the ability to easily customize your own case by simply plucking out the cubes as needed. For tips on this please visit our "Do it yourself" section.