Custom, Pre-Cut Shadow Boards
Enhance efficiency using pre-cut foam drawer liners
Similar to the tool control foam used by field engineers, foam drawer liners organise equipment and in turn boost efficiency / productivity.
Also commonly referred to as shadow boards or impression foam for tools, your foam drawer liners are pre-cut to the exact size of the outer containers, toolboxes or chests you are using, as well as the specific items that are to be stored. They can also have sizes, part numbers or instructions etched directly on to the foams surfaces too. Read More
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Detailed information on Foam Drawer Liners
Put simply, foam drawer liners help improve the efficiency and productivity of your workshop, manufacturing or assembly line staff.
They can do this in a number of ways.
Firstly, by having pre-cut recesses (or impressions) in your foam drawer liners for each individual tool or item of equipment, it allows for much easier identification and retrieval of the correct tool when needed.
Secondly, by using different layers of foam (usually a darker colour layered over a lighter foam) it also helps to quickly identify when a tool has not been returned to its correct location (as the lighter colour is clearly visible – hence why foams of this type are frequently referred to as shadow boards). This can prevent tools being left out and potentially becoming lost, diminishing the efficiency of your workforce.
Different coloured foams can also be used to differentiate different sets of tools / equipment (e.g. red for metric, blue for imperial), or can be used to reflect the brand colours of your business.
It is even possible to laser engrave part numbers, sizes and special instructions on to the surface of the foam by the relevant tools or parts. This further helps with quickly identifying the correct tools required for any specific job.
Protection as well as efficiency
Besides these improvements in efficiency, there are a number of other ways your business can benefit from using tool box foam drawer liners.
This includes the nature of the foam material providing protection for the tools when in storage. This is particularly useful for wheeled chests and other mobile storage, but even for fixed units the foam will help to prevent scratches and damage to the tools surface when in storage.
The material used to manufacture your Kaizen foam – Plastazote® polyethylene foam – is also extremely durable and tough providing a long-lasting solution for your business.
As the foam is manufactured to the exact size of the drawers they are used to line, you can be certain of a perfect fit. Taking this a step further, by pre-cutting all of the recesses for the specific tools as well, it not only increases the protection levels, but also saves your business the time consuming process of manually cutting the foam with a knife to make the required pockets.
As a result, drawer liner foam inserts is perfect for a wide range of industries and applications – any in fact that use a wide range of different tools.
Key Benefits of foam drawer liners at a glance
- Helps to organise tools / equipment / inventory
- Pre-cut to the exact sizes and shapes of your items
- Can aid productivity of staff through easier retrieval of tools
- Wide choice of colours to further help organisation, or to reflect business branding
- Layered foam colours quickly highlight where tools are missing
- Soft foam material protects tool surfaces
- Part numbers and information can be etched directly onto the foam
- Foam provides cushioning protection if used in mobile chests etc.
Common questions about drawer linings
Have questions or queries regarding tool control foam, draw liners or shadow boards? The below should answer the most commonly asked questions that you may have, but if not, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.
What are foam drawer liners?
Foam drawer liners are pre-cut tool box liners (i.e. sheets of foam) with recesses to house tools and specialist equipment. They are particularly popular in workshop settings, or for any business that uses a wide range of different and / or expensive equipment.
Why do you need drawer liners?
Foam drawer liners provide a number of benefits. Firstly, they offer protection to the items kept within. Secondly – and perhaps more importantly – they help with much quicker identification and retrieval of specific tools, improving efficiency. They can also help identify missing tools more easily too.
How do I keep my drawer liners from moving?
If using DIY foam drawer liners, the chances are that the overall size will not be perfectly tailored to the size of your drawers / chest / etc. By using pre-cut, custom foam drawer liners, the snug fill will ensure there is no movement that could potentially cause damage.
What material are foam drawer liners manufactured from?
Foam drawer liners are manufactured using Plastazote® polyethylene foam. This is widely used as it is inert, will not stain or mark tools even with prolonged contact, provide a level of cushioning protection and are easily machined (making them cost effective).
Can my drawer liners be different colours?
Drawer liners can be manufactured in different colours to either match the corporate colours of your business, or to differentiate between different sets of tools or parts. Using different layers of foam, they can also help to identify when a specific tool is missing (as the different colour of the foam recess is easy to see at a glance).
What are shadow boards?
A shadow board is the name given to tool control foam inserts that use layers of different coloured foam to highlight when a specific tool or part is missing (a lighter foam underneath a darker foam makes this visually obvious). They were originally developed to prevent foreign object damage (i.e. tools being left behind) in aircraft engines.
Alternative Foam Options
Dividers, inserts, packaging and more
If your business uses more than just foam drawer liners, then GWP Protective can help. This includes the widest range of foam conversion services and products from a single UK foam supplier.