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Overview of Molded Pulp Tray Or Molded Pulp Packing

What is MPP?
Molded paper pulp can be molded to the shape of relative products and because the fiber is relatively soft and cushions the delicate products by absorbing the impact. It is only recently, within the last five years, that molded pulp has emerged as the interior packaging of choice for many electronic and consumer products. The emergence of molded pulp as the preferred packaging material for many new applications is due to a number of factors, including the development of new, computer controlled molding equipment, which permits smaller runs and enables products to be molded with much more exact tolerances, and the need for environmentally friendly packaging.

For what applications has molded pulp been most frequently used?
Custom designed molded pulp packaging has become the packaging medium of choice in recent years for such items as food (medicine and chemical reagent) packing and Floral & nursery pots. It is also being used for numerous small household appliances, furniture protection, bottled goods, Medical care disposable products,Electrical Appliances Inner Packing, and a variety of other applications. Generally, molded pulp is a cost-effective choice for medium to high volume products that are not exceptionally fragile.

What kinds of designs are possible with molded pulp?
Most products have more complicated dimensions than a simple cube. Molded pulp is a superbly formable material that can be cast into deep cavities to protect your product's most fragile angles and protrusions. End caps, trays, cushions and clamshell designs are excellent candidates for molded pulp.

What kinds of volumes are most suited for molded pulp?
Each project is evaluated on an individual basis. While Haiji has customers with volumes ranging from the thousands of parts per week to those that use millions per week, molded pulp is best suited for moderate to high volume applications.

What kind of paper/fiber is used to produce molded pulp?
Haiji's molded pulp currently is produced from 100% post-consumer newspapers. We continually research alternative papers/fibers in an attempt to improve our product and process.

Is dust an issue with molded pulp packaging?
Haiji's molded pulp packaging does not generate any more dust than any other finished paper based packaging material.

Can parts be manufactured in colors?
Molded paper pulp, also referred to as molded fiber, has been used for many years to package eggs (both in egg trays and egg cartons), fluorescent light bulbs and fruit (primarily apples, pears and peaches), which is essentially commodities packaging. It has Haiji's standard product is 100% post-consumer material that produces a product with our standard gray shading. Color request will be evaluated on an individual basis-special run fees will be associated with running product in color.

Can molded pulp packaging be used for cushioning applications?
Molded pulp exhibits superior performance in shipping tests, providing superior protection against the damaging effects of vibration and shock. Can you think of products more fragile than eggs and light bulbs? Molded pulp has protected them for over forty years.

How does the protection of molded pulp compare to other packaging materials?
From a protective standpoint, molded pulp's inherent resilience enables it to outperform most vacuum-formed plastic and corrugated designs. Depending on the specific application, molded pulp may outperform expanded polystyrene, especially when vibration is involved.

What are the weight bearing capabilities of molded pulp?
The load bearing capability of any material is a function of the surface area available for cushioning. Haiji's carefully designed packaging has been able to protect products up to 15 pounds within a reasonably small surface area. Contact us with your specific application and let one of our engineers see what we can design for you.

What cost advantages should I expect to see using molded pulp?
Molded pulp can provided additional cost savings due to its (1) low cost disposal, (2) ease of pack-out, and (3) minimal warehousing requirements. For international shipments to "take back" legislation countries, molded pulp is one of the least cost mediums available. By designing single piece packaging that requires no assembly, molded pulp has been shown to reduce the cost associated with the pack-out of a product. Because molded pulp is nestable, storage volume reductions translate directly into warehouse cost savings.

How does the cost of molded pulp compare to other packaging materials?
Because molded pulp is made from inexpensive, readily available, post-consumer newsprint, it compares favorably to other packaging materials that have higher raw material cost. For most applications, molded pulp is cheaper or equally competitive to expanded polystyrene, resilient foams, and die cut corrugated. Molded pulp is much less exposed to wide price fluctuations associated with corrugated, foam, or plastic packaging materials.

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