Today we want to showcase one of our new recycled foams – Arplank. But let's start from the beginning.
What is recycled foam?
Recycled foam refers to foam materials made from recycled or repurposed raw materials. These foams can be used in various applications, from packaging materials to insulation and other products. The main purpose is to protect resources, reduce waste and promote a more sustainable production process.
Recycled foam production typically involves the collection of used foam, whether from packaging materials, upholstery, or other sources. These used materials are then cleaned, shredded and integrated into the manufacturing process for new foam. The recycled content indicates what percentage of the end product consists of recycled material.
Recycled foam can be made from different materials, in this case it is polyethylene (PE). The use of recycled materials in foam products helps reduce the need for virgin raw materials and minimizes the environmental footprint.
The properties of recycled foam can vary depending on the recycled materials used and the manufacturing process. Nevertheless, the production of recycled foam typically strives to maintain or even improve the performance of the material while realizing ecological benefits.
What sets Arplank apart?
Arplank is an innovative solution in the field of packaging materials based on advanced PE foam. This material was developed specifically for packaging purposes and is characterized by its impressive properties.
Arplank is recyclable to 100%, contributing to a sustainable and environmentally friendly packaging solution. The recycled content of 30% shows the commitment to reducing waste and promoting the circular economy principle.
The material is available in different densities, namely 20, 30 and 45 kg/m³. This range allows Arplank to be adapted to different requirements, be it for light or heavy packaging.
In addition to the standard densities, Arplank also offers a special version with ESD (Electrostatic Discharge). This variant is particularly suitable for applications where electrostatic charging must be avoided in order to protect sensitive electronic components. Find out more about ESD? Then click here.
Polyethylene (PE) is a versatile material known for its durability and lightness. The use of PE foam in Arplank makes it an efficient packaging solution that is shock-absorbing and lightweight at the same time. The cushioning curves of Arplank are excellent, so that packaging can be optimally designed with the Cushion Calculator. This means that only a minimum of packaging is used to provide the best possible protection.
Arplank has a smooth surface and is suitable for scratch-sensitive components
Arplank offers an alternative to many traditional PE foams and applications. Its versatility makes it suitable for various industries and packaging requirements, be it shipping, electronic components or other sensitive products.
The combination of recyclability, different densities and special designs makes Arplank an attractive choice for companies seeking environmentally friendly and effective packaging solutions.
Density optimization: ARPLANK can be up to 40% lighter than conventional, cross-linked foams
Uniform physical properties: Packaging made from ARPLANK has the same properties in all 3 axes and therefore guarantees flexible protection in all directions.
High impact absorption: ARPLANK provides excellent shock absorption, energy absorption even under repeated impacts.
Chemically inert: ARPLANK is chemically inert and free of dangerous substances.
Wide temperature range: ARPLANK remains stable between -60°C and +100°C.
Material savings, same padding properties
What are the uses of Arplank?
Arplank can be used as packaging material for a wide range of products. The different densities allow the material to be adapted to the specific requirements of the goods to be packaged, be it light, delicate or heavy. Arplank's ESD version is particularly suitable for packaging electronic components to avoid electrostatic discharges. This is important to protect sensitive electronics from damage caused by static electricity. Due to its shock absorption properties, Arplank is well suited for use in shipping packaging. It can help protect products from damage during transportation.
Arplank can be used in the automotive industry used for a variety of applications, from packaging materials for sensitive components to sound insulation and shock absorption. The different densities of Arplank allow the material to be used for insulation purposes or as protective packaging for building materials. In the manufacture of sports and leisure equipment, Arplank can be used for the protection and padding of products such as helmets, protective clothing or other sporting goods. Arplank can be used in the furniture industry as a cushioning material or to protect furniture during transport.
The versatile nature of Arplank and its recyclability make it a sustainable option for companies that want to use environmentally friendly materials in their production processes.