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July 22, 2014

One of the major factors to consider during transportation of goods is proper packaging. The goods have to be accorded with proper cushioning in order to prevent them from being damaged as they are moved from the manufacturers to the end users. One of the most common materials that is used for packaging is polyethylene foam. In fact, it has greatly displaced traditional forms of packaging materials such as rubber and carton due to its cheap cost of production. Research shows that polyethylene will not only offer proper cushioning to the goods but also prevent them from being damaged due to exposure to heat, corrosive chemicals and electric charges.

Polyethylene foam is basically made up of both open cells and closed cells that resemble bubbles. The open cells are mainly responsible for its flexibility while the closed cells are responsible for its resistance to heat and corrosion. The open cells are able to make the material stretch or compress when exposed to external forces hence prevent the goods inside from being damaged. They quickly retain their original structure once the external force is withdrawn. The closed cells on the other hand are resistant to water and corrosive fluids. They prevent the goods inside from interacting with water, moisture or other corrosive chemicals during transportation.

Some goods are usually vulnerable to electric charges and may easily be damaged during transportation. Such goods can be prevented from accumulation of static charges by providing them with proper cushioning using polyethylene foam. Polyethylene is known for its ability to prevent formation of charges hence can be used to transport such goods. This material can also be manipulated into different shapes hence provide a firm grip to the goods that are contained inside. Materials such as pipes that have hollows can be cushioned by inserting a rolled piece of foam inside the hollow section. This ensures that the goods are intact during the whole transportation process.