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Expanded PolyEthylene (EPE) Foam

The Foam is made from Expanded Poly Ethylene pellets made with use of a blowing agent such as Buthane gas in a high pressure and high temperature, which turns the material into small plastic foamy beads, followed by expansion into a mold in a steam chest.

Just like many plastic production process, leftover materials can be fed back into the machine and re-processed.

EPE Foam is a thermoplastic resin,  which means it can be melted by heating and cooling to form various shapes and objects.

This foam is made of polyethylene (EPE). EPE foam is a harmless plastic and has no taste or odor.

The product is resistant to water, oil and many chemicals. It is also an excellent insulating materials.

EPE is available in various densities, according to the application or purpose.

EPE Foam Tubular

Useful as an alternative to bubble wrap for packaging. The texture of the foam is slightly similar to Styrofoam (cork), but because of it’s sheet shape, it can be use to wrap goods (especially glassware or sensitive items that require strong packing).

In addition, this is can also be used as a heat insulator, such as for walls or roofs of houses. Or it can also be used for soundproofing alternatives, or car trunk mats, etc.

PE Foam/Busa

Features :

EPE Foam/Busa Sheet

Specification :

Width120 cm
Thickness2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 /10 / 12 / 15 mm
Length per roll25 - 150 meter
MaterialLDPE
ColorWhite
Extra layerMetalised layer / Aluminium foil / Custom printed layer

Applications

Packaging and transportation
Anti-static and ESD applications
Flotation devices such as life jackets and- buoyancy aids
Clothing and outdoor apparels
Mattresses and bedding
Insulation for walls, pipes and roofs
Foam padding for furnitures

Benefits

Recycleable polymers
Cheaper and readily available
Wide range of thickness can be achieved
Good cushioning properties
Water resistant properties
Chemical resistance
Prevents accumulation of electric charges
Heat insulation properties

Are EPE Foam an Eco-Friendly Materials ?

Polyethylene (PE) foam has some of the most desirable packaging properties. It is durable, versatile, and has excellent shock absorbing qualities. However, single-use plastic packaging material has become a worldwide concern.

Thankfully, this product is made from recyclable material and more viable measures can be implemented to control and manage this packaging.

PE is 100% recyclable and categorized as a class 4 material (RIC code). Its viability as a recyclable product has only increased over time, with manufacturers working to add more advantages to the material.

Recycling technologies are now being used to handle waste foam effectively. As a thermoplastic, PE liquefies at its melting point, and then can be cooled, injection-molded, and reheated again without losing their properties. As a result, they can be made into other functional product.

Due to its durability and excellent cushioning properties, the foam is one of the best packaging materials and can be used to seal irregular surfaces.

These and other features contribute to PE’s reusability as it can survive multiple impacts. Thus, the foam can be reused in multiple ways until the end of its life cycle.

Like other thermoplastics, this is usually obtained from natural gas or petroleum. However, there are concerns around the use of limited energy resources. Surprisingly, producing plastic uses less energy than producing other non-plastic packaging products.

Just like other products, SMPL manages waste and defective products from PE Foam by recycling. Waste and defective products are melted to make plastic pellets.

However, slightly different from woven bag and leno bag products, the waste or foam that has become plastic seeds is not used as a roll of plastic ribbon yarn. Instead, it is directly processed to make hot plastic sheets which will be filled with gas.

As usual, this recycled product will be the number two quality product from the first main production.