Protective packaging can be something that people who package or ship an item may work with all the time, but give very little thought to. The problem that most people run into is deciding which type of protective packaging they should use. Some people just continue using whatever the person before them used and others just pick the first thing they come across. One of the most common occurrences is deciding when it is viable to switch from one type of protective packaging to another. Before making this transition, there are multiple facets of the shipping process that need to be taken into consideration. Two important things to consider when exploring your protective packaging needs are:

  1. What is the value of the product?
    • If your product value is high you may consider investing more in the protective packaging method you use.  This is directly correlated with:
  2. What are the expectancies of damage to the product?
    • Or what is the percentage of damage tolerance in your shipping application?  For example, do you have an allowable damage tolerance of .25% of total product shipped to incur damage or perhaps your company aims for zero percent damage tolerance?


3 Types of protective packaging to consider in your protective packaging application




Paper is used as a cost-effective protective packaging solution in many applications. The nice thing about it is that it can accommodate a variety of different shapes and sizes while shipping. Depending upon the type of converting machine you have, you can make speedy, light-weight paper filler for small or medium products. Or you can make large, cushion pads for bigger or heavier items.



Foam-in-place is used for delicate items where no product shifting during shipping is allowed. These items are normally high value or fragile. Foam-in-place packaging is created when the user fills a liner bag with chemicals, the chemicals are activated and the foam begins to form around the product, molding perfectly to its dimensions

Air-Filled Film


Air cushions are one of the most versatile of all the types of protective packaging. One benefit of air cushions is how well they save space. Unlike most other protective packaging material, air cushions come on a roll and are inflated “on-demand” or when the user is ready to package their product. It also comes in many different configurations and sizes which allows for use in a variety of different applications. You can alter the number of air chambers per film section in order to accommodate for packages of different shapes and sizes.

The type of protective packaging that you use depends greatly on the type of product being packaged and how the product is stored and shipped after being packaged. Understanding the types of protective packaging available and the benefits of each can help you reduce material costs, but can also reduce damages inflicted on your products during shipping.

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