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Equipment / storage cases with foam lining
Foam lined cases are a great, low cost option for adding a layer of protection to your protective equipment cases. Whilst custom case inserts will always provide the highest levels of protection for items in transit, for some applications it can be excessive and / or too costly.
Foam lining manufactured by GWP will be a perfect fit for your protective cases and will provide a durable, long-lasting solution too. Different foam grades can be chosen to suit your specific application and can be added to almost any exterior case. Read More
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The interior walls of protective cases can be very sturdy and hard. Whilst this is great in terms of protecting the contents from exterior forces and elements, it can mean that the contents can become damaged upon colliding with the interior case surfaces (e.g. if the case is mishandled).
Conversely, heavy objects also have the potential to damage the case itself – with hard corners for example potentially puncturing or weakening lightweight plastic carry cases or flight case panel materials.
Foam lining of cases can help with both of these issues, as well as providing a degree of cushioning protection for fragile components.
Lining protective cases
So whilst customised foam inserts will provide a higher level of protection for most items through completely eliminating movement of the contents within the case, they are not always suitable for every application. For example, these can be unnecessary for large, heavy duty equipment that may only need an exterior transit case to aid handling and movement.
Your chosen protective / storage cases with foam will be lined with Plastazote® polyethylene foam. This is the most suitable material for foam lined cases as it is durable, long lasting and available in a number of different grades. Besides this, it is also easily machined, meaning that the surface appearance will be of higher quality than most other foam options.
And whilst presentation is likely to be of minor importance for applications where foam lining of cases is required, it is possible to enhance these in a number of ways.
This includes different colours to match branding – or help quickly identify different equipment or kits – as well as adding instructions, part numbers and more through foam laser cutting / etching.
Key benefits of custom foam lined cases at a glance
- Protects contents from impact with exterior case walls
- Provides cushioning from mishandling
- Low cost option compared with engineered foam inserts
- Different grades / foam hardness for various applications
- Various colour options available
- Can be enhanced with laser etched logos / instructions
- Suitable for virtually any protective case
Common questions about foam lined cases
Below is a series of the most commonly asked questions about foam lined cases.
However, the team at GWP will be more than happy to help if you haven’t found the info you need. Simply get in touch!
Is foam lining cheaper than foam inserts?
Foam lining is considerably cheaper than fully engineered foam case inserts. This is because there is little to no design time involved, fewer foam conversion processes, and less material used. However, the bigger picture on costs must be considered – damage to items can far outweigh the cost of suitable foam inserts.
What cases can be foam lined?
All of the cases that GWP Protective supply can be foam lined. This includes everything from Zarges aluminium cases and containers, Peli cases with foam, waterproof hard equipment cases and lightweight plastic cases with handles. Saying that, foam lining is a very popular option when used as flight case foam and for other forms of transit case.
How long will foam lining last?
Foam lining is a very durable option for ongoing protection. Different grades of foam can also be used to strike the perfect balance between durability, cushioning protection and your budget.
My items are very fragile – will foam lining work?
For very fragile, expensive, specialist or highly calibrated items such as tools, equipment and various products, engineered foam inserts would be the better option. This is because they completely eliminate movement of items within the outer case, leading to higher levels of protection (they can also be tailored to the contents / application too).
What foam is used for lining cases?
Plastazote® is typically used for lining any storage case with foam. This is because it is easy to convert, provides a high-quality finish, offers excellent performance and durability, and is relatively low cost. It is also available in specialist grades such as fire retardant and anti-static.
Can I have different colours for foam lined cases?
Plastazote® comes in arrange of twenty plus colours, meaning that you can choose a colour to match the corporate colours of your company. Using different coloured foams for different cases can also be a good way to allow for at a glance identification of specific pieces of equipment, tools etc.
Can foam lining be added to cardboard boxes?
Foam lining can be applied to a wide range of external containers, including traditional cardboard boxes (including high performance luxury foams for applications such as gift boxes). It can also be used for adding a layer of protection to Correx®, moulded plastic and even anti-static packaging. Foam lined boxes are also available from GWP.