Plastic as a valuable material
Plastic is actually clean! Yet hardly any other material is currently being criticised as much as this one: "plastic waste" has become a buzzword, giving plastic products the malus of being inferior or even harmful. This impression is reinforced by dramatic images that show the extent of the rubbish slicks on our oceans and the suffering of the marine animals affected. These images unquestionably bear witness to a problem the solution of which requires joint action by consumers, trade, industry and politics worldwide.
Nevertheless, plastic is also a very valuable material that performs a variety of tasks. Since we produce plastic or moulded parts from foam ourselves, we have an interest in a good image.
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Packaging, technical parts and load carriers
When we at Delkeskamp talk about our product range, you read paper, corrugated cardboard and foam everywhere. But what exactly do we mean by the generic term "foam"?
Technically speaking, we are talking primarily about polystyrene. But a few decades ago, BASF succeeded in inventing the special feature of being able to combine this raw material with a blowing agent. In this way, a small pearl, the size of a grain of sand, could be ‘blown up’ into a large pearl up to the size of a pea with the help of steam. And this is how the technical term "expandable polystyrene", or EPS for short, came about. What really became known, however, was BASF's brand name "Styropor®", which has almost developed from a trade name to a generic term in Germany.
Foam and its names
There have been, and still are, several attempts to find other terms as a synonym for EPS. For 4 years now, instead of Styropor®, the name "airpop®" has been heard frequently. The reason is that efforts are being made to develop a uniform European name for the EPS product.
Thus, for example, "particle foam" or "hard foam" is also often used. The advantage of these terms is that other products with similar functions and production processes can also be grouped under them. These are for example EPP (expandable polypropylene) or Piocelan. EPS, EPP and Piocelan differ mainly in their material properties in terms of hardness, elasticity, resilience, etc. However, the difference is also in price. A product such as EPP, which offers many advantages in terms of material properties, is of course also significantly more expensive. But here too, there is an alternative. Piocelan! It has almost identical material properties and is usually slightly cheaper than EPP!
Piocelan as a cheap and high-quality alternative to EPP
So, if you are looking for packaging that combines high quality with low cost, you should choose Piocelan solutions. As a foam, Piocelan combines the strengths of the raw material EPS/ Styropor® with those of polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP). Piocelan is therefore ideal for transporting and storing fresh or sensitive products. Piocelan has the excellent shock absorption and chemical resistance characteristic of PP and PE. Piocelan also has the low density of EPS (polystyrene). Unlike Styropor®, Piocelan does not crumble, but is crack resistant. In this way, it offers high-quality product protection and keeps the product warm, cold or dry as required. Due to Piocelan’s durability, entire packaging as well as moulded parts or carriers made of this foam can be reused. Piocelan is thus more environmentally friendly. Moreover, the foam also withstands difficult environmental conditions. It therefore offers a wide range of applications and is consequently the right choice in terms of economy and performance in the packaging sector.
Styropor®, Piocelan and other foam products at Delkeskamp
In contrast to the building industry (insulation boards), we at Delkeskamp are primarily concerned with moulded parts, i.e. individually designed shapes that fulfil a specific function. In terms of functions, we distinguish between packaging, technical parts and load carriers. In the case of packaging, the focus is on the protective function against transport damage and climate variation (heat/cold). A moulded part made of EPS adapts itself to the goods to be protected and therefore develops the perfect protective effect. The internet mail order business for temperature-sensitive goods such as food is currently gaining particular importance. Terms such as "cool boxes, insulation boxes, climate control boxes or fish crates" describe flexibly designed boxes made of Styropor® that protect perishable goods. Technical parts fulfil a function in or on an end product and are therefore themselves part of the product. And load carriers made of Styropor® are part of logistical processes which, for example, safely transport components of a product within a production process.
In addition to the individually and flexibly developed moulded parts, there are also standards that have proven themselves, for example, with regard to protective functions. Typical examples are packaging corners, packaging angles or edge protections made of Styropor®.
DELKESKAMP: high-quality insulated boxes for the transportation of sensitive goods
As an experienced manufacturer of various packaging solutions and raw materials, we always offer our customers the optimal solution for their packaging requirements. A wide range of insulation boxes is available for the tailor-made transportation of goods. Individually configured packaging solutions such as insulation boxes are also available from Delkeskamp in EPS and Piocelan. Both materials adapt perfectly to the packaged goods. They protect against transport damage and temperature. EPS and Piocelan are therefore particularly suitable for products that have to stay freshly cooled or kept warm. EPS and Piocelan also adapt perfectly to the shape of sensitive packaged goods and provide optimum protection during transport. Internet traders would not be able to run their successful e-commerce businesses without EPS and Piocelan insulation boxes. Fresh food can be shipped with insulated boxes and sensitive customers can be sure to get the freshness they expect. And satisfied customers also sustainably reduce return rates.
Insulation boxes: The flexibly designed box made of Styrofoam
Our modern development department designs, and our modern machinery produces insulation boxes according to your wishes. A differentiation is made between individualised moulded parts and standardised parts. The latter have also proved their value when transporting sensitive goods, for example in the form of packaging corners and angles or with careful edge protection. All these standard parts can also be made of Styrofoam. They provide cushioning within the outer packaging and are therefore particularly recommended for goods which must be transported in a well-fixed position or are made of fragile materials. As already mentioned, it is especially the standardised insulation boxes made of EPS (polystyrene) or Piocelan that keep cool, warm, dry and safe during transport and storage. Today, the term "Airpop" is often used as a uniform designation for products made from these raw materials. This was an attempt to provide the industry with a uniform standard, but in general the materials are identical.
Insulated boxes are therefore high-quality packaging, which retailers and distributors in particular like to use for demanding packaging tasks. Protect, cool, warm or adapt perfectly to a shape to be protected - this is what insulation boxes as packaging do, but also technical parts made of EPS and Piocelan. On the way to the dealer, to the end customer or generally between different stops along the transport route - Delkeskamp insulation boxes always meet the individual requirements of the customers. It goes without saying that good transport protection with fewer complaints is also more economical.
Insulation boxes: Contact us, we will be happy to discuss everything else personally!
Do you need insulation boxes, or would you like to learn more about our production, individual processes or the later uses? Simply contact our team! We would be pleased to inform you in a personal conversation why insulation boxes are also an enrichment for your company. In the interest of safe shipping, you are welcome to check our quality standards.