Polyurethane, Description and Uses

by Packaging Foam Insulation on March 8, 2010

Polyurethane has been in use for many years, and for a variety of different applications. It is a form of plastic, and can be used for insulation, and in the creation of a variety of different products. However, in this article, we will address the most popular uses for this versatile product, as a packing substance used for cushioning. This is one of the most widely used applications for polyurethane, and cushioning comes in a wide variety of forms.

One of the most common creations of polyurethane are packaging peanuts, or fillers for holding fragile objects in place while in transit from one place to another. In the old days, (just some years ago, of course,) packing peanuts were loose in the containers. Now you can find them in small plastic bags, so they don’t spill and scatter all over the place when you open your products at home. There are many different shapes and sizes of these packing fillers.

Another application for polyurethane packaging is in rigid barriers. They can really be just about any shape and size, and are used in a number of different ways. When you buy any kind of audio or visual equipment, like televisions, stereos, and even computers, they come with these barriers around them, in key points where they are most likely to move around and get damaged. Because they are rigid, they hold items in place better, and you don’t need as many to keep your valuables in place.

You can also buy them on your own, when you are packing your home to move. There are many different polyurethane barriers for glasses, precious China, and other valuables. They can be made for edges, partitions, and just about anything else you need them for. You can even special order polyurethane packaging from companies for your individual needs.

Rigid polyurethane foam also makes a great insulating barrier for exterior walls, and there are many newer homes that utilize these materials. They are lightweight, can be cut to size, and will fit just about any cubbyhole, or wall space you need. They are moisture resistant and will last a lifetime. Because of its buoyancy and molding ability, polyurethane foam has been used for dock floats, boat pontoons, and dock barriers. It can be painted any color, without loosing its effectiveness. There are many uses for polyurethane, and every day more and more innovations are being discovered for its use.

Please feel free to contact us for all your packaging questions and needs!

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Jim Reese January 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Hello, I am interested in your polyurethane foam. Can you send me a sample of it about 4″ x 6″. If it is the foam I am looking for I will contact you for additional info. and shipping available.
Jim Reese
2296 Huntington Dr.
Lake Havasu , Az.

Thanks in advance, Jim

Packaging Foam Insulation March 25, 2011 at 7:54 am

Hello Jim,
Thank you for contact us.
Yes we can do that. What is the project that you are working on?
Can you give us more info?
Mariano Pinal
Office 727.447.0085
Fax 727.674.0103

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