The Uses & Characteristics of Polyethylene Foam
Among the many different types of laminates and foams we manufacture is polyethylene foam. When it comes to awesome versatility that helps various projects, then polyethylene foam is right up there with the best of them. However, when you look at the marketplace, you will see that polyethylene foam is often a forgotten material. But it is all around us, every day, whether we see it or not.
Polyethylene Foam Characteristics
Let's start with what is polyethylene foam. It is a closed-cell foam. This means that the millions of tiny bubbles that make up the foam are sealed off from each other. This allows for the foam to provide resistance to water, as well as more strength and rigidness. Polyethylene foam is also resistant to solvents, petroleum products and prevents the growth of bacteria, mildew and mold.
This material is also very resilient and will return to its original form after compression. However, despite having this ability, it still offers great cushion and security. Since it offers these great characteristics, it is perfect for many different applications.
Since this material is formed from the heating of polymer compounds, we can use additives during the manufacturing process to better customize it. Which means we can create anti-static varieties. These anti-static properties help in the handling, packaging and transporting of delicate products since they can stop electro-static charges that may damage an item.
And like other foams, we can manufacture in a variety of densities to help with specific applications. When the density of polyethylene is higher, the material is stronger.
Variety of Shapes & Sizes
This is a great material to customize for a variety of different shapes and sizes. You will most commonly find this material in sheet or plank form, since polyethylene is able to hold a rigid shape when you cut it into thick sections. So it is perfect when you need to use it as insulation or for casing. And when you customize, the packaging is stronger and absorbs shock better, keeping it safe during transport.
When it comes to closed-cell foam insulation, there is an excellent resistance to moisture, which again keeps the packaging safe. And it is often used as thermal insulation to keep heat in.
Polyethylene sheeting is also a material that easily laminates together, which is great for creating thicker sections that can then be cut. Common example of this action can be found for furniture inserts, personal flotation device inserts, or specialized packaging.
And when rolls of polyethylene are made thin, which allows for even greater flexibility in its uses. Some common ways this thinness comes in handy is to wrap around pipes, seals between foundations, and sill plates in buildings. As well as in the creation of pouches or bags that protect goods when space is at a minimum.
Adding colors to the polyethylene foams is also a great way to enhance its uses for various applications. These additives can also be done during the manufacturing process. Get a custom polyethylene foam color that best suits your needs. Black, white, and blue, as well as pink anti-static foam, are the most common examples of the foam.
Custom Manufacturing of Polyethylene Foam
Polyethylene foam is one of the most versatile products on the market. You can find it in packaging and flotation devices, to masonry supplies and shock absorbers, to much more! It is a unique material that offers many great benefits to its user. The team at US Laminating Corp are custom lamination specialists and have years of experience in this industry and can custom design many different materials for industrial use.
For more information about our industrial laminating services, please give us a call. The number for our office is 631-567-0300. When you call, we can provide you with more details about all that we offer.