Foam Dividers & Dunnage

Utilise foam dividers to improve handling efficiency & protect delicate items during production processes

When manufacturing high value goods, the devil is in the detail. Quite often, a small surface scratch can result in a product be rejected or returned. This leads to written off stock, delays in production, missed orders & significant extra costs.

 

Even worse, if damaged products reach your customers, the cost of damaged reputation to your hard earned brand must be factored in.

 

As a result, more and more manufacturers are turning to foam dividers and dunnage to protect components during the manufacturing process.

We have purchased thousands of handling products from GWP, including foam dividers and dunnage as well as boxes, totes, bins and more. Many of these have been bespoke, being expertly produced by GWPs’ in house designers. As a company, GWP are efficient, friendly and easy to deal with.

John Weyman | Bondline Electronics Ltd

6 ways foam dunnage can improve your manufacturing processes

  • Helps your staff to quickly identify the correct part required, boosting productivity
  • Allows for quicker visual checks on stock levels, avoiding stock-out situations
  • Protection for delicate parts & surface finishes by cushioning  from drop / vibration damage
  • Stops components damaging each other by colliding in transit
  • Makes more efficient use of space within the outer container
  • Can improve manual handling safety by preventing “over-loading” of components

What is foam dunnage?

Foam dunnage can take a number of forms. Usually however, it describes foam inserts used to prevent the movement and damage of components during usual handling operations.

 

They are often designed to be used within an outer tote bin, tray or box.  Ultimately, they assist in manual or automatic handling within a manufacturing environment.

Foam dividers / dunnage

This could be a simple foam lining of the outer container. However, foam dunnage can also take the form of foam dividers, routed channels, pads or even individual pockets.

A “multi trip” handling solution

Whilst the key consideration for the foam dividers is that of protection, there are numerous other factors that must be considered.

 

One of these is that the tote bins are usually designed and manufactured to be used over multiple trips.

 

This could be back and forwards between areas of an individual factory, or even across continents if component parts are being shipped for final assembly elsewhere.

 

For this reason, the foam must be resilient enough to withstand repeat uses, whilst also protecting the components from both cosmetic damage and breakage.

 

Finally, the foam must allow easy access to the components or parts. In competitive industries where there is a drive to shave even seconds off manufacturing times, having fast and easy access to the parts required is essential.

Foam Dunnage / Divider examples and applications

View a selection of foam dividers, dunnage, outer containers and typical applications. Please click the individual thumbnails for a larger view.

A single source for your materials handling products

A problem that many companies face is that having specified foam inserts or dividers, they are not perfectly tailored to the outer containers they are to be used with.

 

This can result in movement within the tote bin, which can lead to the very damage that the foam was supposed to eliminate.

 

The answer is to source both the foam dividers / dunnage and container from a single source.

Foam handling system

By working alongside GWP Group, you can source both outer container and foam from a single source. This includes Correx totes and trays, corrugated boxes and cartons, moulded containers from manufacturers SSI Schaefer, plus a huge range of protective cases.

 

Besides the noticeable improvement in fit and compatibility, sourcing from a single supplier also reduces purchasing time and ultimately cost, for your business.

Other benefits you can gain by working with GWP

With over 25 years experience in foam materials handling products, your business can draw on a wealth of experience when specifying, renewing or improving your materials handling systems.

 

Maybe you need to speed up production times and boost productivity. Maybe you need to reduce the amount of items that are being damaged during handling. Perhaps you are lacking in storage space.

 

Regardless of your challenge, by understanding your business, goals and objectives, a practical, cost effective solution can be found.

Foam handling divisions

A dedicated designer, allocated to your project, will be able to offer impartial advice from initial consultation through to sampling and final sign-off.

 

Your tailored solution will then be manufactured by a highly skilled team in a modern, well invested factory.

 

All quotations are free and without obligation and you will be able to choose from the widest range of materials and products available from one supplier.

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