We’ve talked about a lot of ways to reuse and recycle foam, but a team of student scientists from Ohio may have figured out the best method yet: recycling styrofoam into water filters. It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but this team of three eighth-graders developed a process to convert styrofoam into activated carbon, the key ingredient in most water filters. At the Google Science Fair they won the Scientific American Innovator Award - Read more
When it comes to shipping goods from one corner of the world to another, proper packing is a vital measure for peace of mind. Everyone wants the package to arrive at its destination undamaged but the truth is, most of us don't really take the time to pack our items properly prior to shipping. That’s why there are so many cases of goods getting damaged during transit.. - Read more
While we are big proponents of recycling and reusing EPS foam products, we were reminded by a few of our customers that not all communities have foam recycling facilities, yet! With that said, we wanted to provide you a few useful applications for your leftover packaging, coolers and foam peanuts... - Read more
As more and more purchases are going “digital” or “online,” the world of packaging and shipping becomes increasingly more important. Not only do you need to consider the shipping cost (usually determined by the weight), the time between purchase and arrival and the “safety” of the item when it is delivered, but you must also consider the impact the shipping/packaging material has on the environment. The fantastic cost savings of using... - Read more
So you’ve just received that drum set that you have been eagerly waiting for. The task of ordering it online was no problem but the anticipation of your purchase’s delivery at your doorstep makes you a little uneasy. You spent a lot of money on the drum set and, like most people when they order something fragile online, you are worried about the damage that the product might suffer from shipping — after all, it is a bumpy ride to your home. Fast forward to you opening that huge box, and voila! Your drum set... - Read more
Can you imagine an egg large enough and strong enough for a human to pop out of? Imagine a whole array of huge apples, oranges, bananas as a display piece hanging above your produce in the supermarket. What if you could have a 15 foot hammer as part of your trade show display to attract attention from everyone in the arena, and then when it is over, simply take it apart and ship it back to the home office? There are many ways to create such eye-catching displays, but one of the best is...
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Great ideas should never be stymied by the challenges of creating a prototype or the constraints of being able to custom design a product to meet your needs within a budget. We've created prototypes for a wide variety of products and industries with some of the most exacting specifications. Why a Foam Prototype? Basically, a prototype is a model created to test the design of an invention or product before you begin production or finalize blueprints. Although this seems rudimentary, our fabricated foam products deliver lightweight and cost-effective solutions whether you are... - Read more
One of the best parts of being a manufacturer of custom foam products is going home at night and knowing you have helped someone solve a problem and improved their business. We continually seek for ways to create better products and expand our line because we realize we work with real people that need real solutions. As we speak with our clients we discover new product opportunities that can help many. We are proud to announce that we have added... - Read more
The technological advancement of Insulating Concrete Forms, (ICF's) has changed the building industry forever. Available for commercial, industrial and residential applications, Armstrong forms provide an excellent alternative to traditional wood framing and concrete techniques while having the potential to offer great cost savings. Improvements utilizing ICF’s in concrete construction have allowed contractors and builders to explore new designs, save money and... - Read more
Too often our internal processes and improvements remain unseen by our customers as we continually upgrade our systems and procedures. Bringing a new Inventory Management System online can be a challenging but rewarding experience. As we all know, running a business is a game of constantly keeping balance while maintaining the ability to grow. We have always taken a proactive approach towards growth. This means investing in the right people that bring creativity and values that put our customer's needs first, as well as being the leader... - Read more
For the majority of the population the only thing known about wooden pallets is that they are heavy, cumbersome and expensive to replace. This is magnified in a warehousing environment where pallets are used for shipping everything. Those employed in industry are very used to dodging pallets sticking out from stacks, pulling out splinters and pulling muscles moving them around in warehouses. Now the good news; Armstrong Brands, Inc. has developed... - Read more
EPS (Expanded PolyStyrene) is usually not the first thing that comes to mind when the social buzz words green, environmentally friendly and recycled are being used. However, foam is one of the most earth friendly packaging materials available on the market. Armstrong Brands, Inc. molded foam packaging is known for its toughness, versatility and water resistance, but the low impact on the environment and non-toxic properties are equally as significant. EPS is an inert material, which simply means that... - Read more
We are here to help you make sure your wine bottles arrive safely and without damage. Transporting bottles of wine in just a cardboard box is actually quite dangerous. The risk of the bottle breaking is very high, which would be a waste of course. In addition, the wine that spills out of the bottle may destroy other people's goods in shipment. And there is always the danger of someone opening the box and cutting themselves on a piece of glass. Hence, it is very important to... - Read more.
If you are a business that does any shipping, there is a good chance that your products "on the move" need to be protected or insulated. If this is the case, you will definitely want to look at foam coolers and shippers. Because the types of items being sent are often extremely fragile and of high value, you must be able to trust the solution you choose so that your they will not melt, overheat or be damaged. There are quite a number of coolers and shippers to choose from, but it is important to consider what works for... - Read more
When a company manufactures a product, that product often needs to be moved or shipped without worry of damage to the product to ensure that it arrives at the final destination safely. Once the product leaves the warehouse, the manufacturer has no control over the conditions in which the product is being stored or transported, so protection is very necessary. One of the best and most popular solutions for protection while shipping has been to use eps, or expanded polystyrene, foam packaging. The benefits of foam packaging are... - Read more