Believe it or not, bubble wrap was actually invented accidentally by Mark Chavannes and Alfred Fielding in 1957. Their unexpected discovery has led to the most innovative material used in the packaging industry around the world. Bubble wrap is basically a clear wrap or a polyethylene resin. It is made of cushions of air in the form of air bubbles that are trapped between two layers of clear plastic.
Bubble wrappers can easily hold large items effortlessly since it is made from special materials. You may wonder is compatibility the only reason to get a bubble wrapper? The fact is, bubble wrappers are light weight in size and provides superior cushioning as well as surface protection. They are water resistant too; hence you can avoid the pitfalls during transporting. Nowadays various types of bubble mailers are available that includes shipping envelopes, padded envelops, metallic bubble envelops, sealed air padded envelops and more that ensures convenient delivery. Bubble mailers and moving boxes together make a move perfect. Supplies provide the right amount of protection for most fragile items and bubble mailers when filled at the bottom or top of the box safeguard the items during up and downs of the track.
Apart from moving purpose, bubble mailers are also used to transport confidential documents securely wherever you want. Moving kits probably provides the best overall worth. This kit can be purchased online. Most stores have everything you need for your move. You can get bulk shipping materials such as boxes of all sizes, packing tape, bubble wrapper and more from these stores. While purchasing the shipping supplies prefer the exclusive padded ones that are strongly erected with bubble lined wall structure for an additional guard. These supplies are sturdy and flexible thus protect the chattels from scratches.
How Bubble Wrap Is Made
First, granules of plastic are closely sprinkled onto a heated conveyor belt. This warms the plastic grains to a pliable consistency, though they still hold their shape. Think of these bits of plastic like heated chocolate chips; even when they are hot, they still stay the same shape unless disturbed, at which point they become liquid. So the warm plastic grains pass under a roller which squashes them all flat. During this squashing, the individual bits of plastic get melded together, and a thin, clear sheet of plastic emerges on the other side of the roller.
Now, two of these sheets are used for making bubble wrap. One has the actual bubbles and the other acts as a cover to seal the air in. To form the bubbles, the first sheet is wrapped around a cylindrical bar with little bubble shaped indentations in it. As the plastic is held taut on the cylinder, suction pulls it into each little hole, shaping the bubbles by stretching plastic into the dents. This is a lot like when you poke you finger into a taut sheet of plastic wrap and leave a dent.
Finally, the second sheet of plastic is laid on top of the first, trapping the air in the bubbles between them. A blast of hot air seals the two sheets together into a single piece and voila! Bubble wrap! The factory packages the bubble wrap (no stuffing required there) and ships it off. The many companies and businesses that use this product every day receive it and package their own items in it to protect them from damage in transit.
So the next time a large package arrives at your door and you rip it open to find it stuffed with bubble wrap, think back to the factory where that stuffing was made. And while you’re indulging your inner child by playing with your noisy improvised toy, remember the simple process that created this wonderfully amusing material. Happy popping!
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