Bubble wrap is a plastic product composed of two polyethylene films. One of these is placed on a hot cylinder containing cavities that draw air. And this is how the air bubbles are formed. The first plastic film has a bumpy shape on which the other simple plastic film is welded at the flat surface. A plastic film filled with air bubbles is thus obtained. But how to choose it for your industry?
The Selection Criteria for Polyethylene Bubble Wrap
It is not always easy to choose the right polyethylene bubble wrap for your industrial products. You will find here the main selection criteria to take into account. First of all, you have to choose the perfect type of bubble film according to the type of products you manufacture.
The Diameter of the Polyethylene Bubble Wrap
Now, you can move to the diameter of the polyethylene packaging and protecting item. Contrary to what you might think, bubble wrap has several diameters of air bubbles. Most of the time, you can find on the market the three diameters below:
- 10 mm diameter (classic format): to protect fragile and rather light objects as well as fragile surfaces like mirror, lacquered furniture, etc.
- 18 mm diameter: to protect fragile and heavy objects and/or with sharp or pointed angles.
- 30 mm diameter: to protect very heavy and voluminous fragile objects, but also to support objects in a cardboard filling the gap.
The Packaging of the Bubble Wrap
Generally, bubble film is conditioned as a roll of several meters long and several centimeters wide. The width is often between 50 cm and 1.6 m. The roll length goes from 10 m to reach up to 150 m long! To choose the right length of roll and the good width, it is necessary to think about the objects that you will need to pack. Are they numerous? How large are they? Are they heavy? Are they very fragile?
Be aware that bubble wrap can also be packaged in pre-cut sheets placed in a dispenser box. Most models of this kind distribute sheets of 30 x 30 cm, which is ideal for packing and protecting small products for shipping as e-traders do.
The Use of the Objects to be Packaged
The size of the bubble wrap differs depending on the type of objects to be packaged. For example, for dishes, a roll of 0.5m x 50m is more than enough to wrap each plate and glass in several layers. Do you manufacture TVs or computers? Rolls of 1m x 50m will be perfect to protect them during their transport. Are you packing a small painting or statue? A roll of premium quality bubble-foam film of 1m x 100m will be perfect for their conservation. And if you want to protect furniture, a roll of 1.5 x 50 m should suffice to cover the largest product.