Value of Shadow Boarding for Foam Case Inserts

Foam shadow boards are a visual management technique that improves tool control with a consistent and organised display of items using coloured polyethylene foam. A coloured foam base is laminated to an anthracite/black topper; pockets are routed into the foam with a custom fit using CAD drawing. Then, as items are removed, the empty pockets will highlight what specific tools are in use.

Specialist foam tool case inserts for a multinational aeronautical manufacturer

Shadow boarded foam is prevalent in the automotive and aeronautical industries but also as an aesthetic and functional means of organising useful products such as tool boxes, drone cases, portable camera equipment and more.
  • Save time – simple, visual control of resources and parts means that all misplaced objects visually identified can be compensated for.
  • Create order – implementing shadow boarding requires logical and creative planning to bring a calculated order to tool storage that can save production time. For example, using coordinated colours for different areas or stages in production.
  • Reduce errors – avoiding foreign object damage (FOD); originally a term from the aviation industry to the describe damage incurred during production, usually caused by incorrect tools being used when the correct tool has been misplaced or lost
  • Added protection – closed cell polyethylene foam has superior protection qualities for shadow boarded cases including excellent durability, rigidity and capacity to withstand repeated hits. As pockets are made-to-fit, they provide secured protection with goods in transit
  • Custom design – all foam pockets are manufactured via CAD to provide bespoke and snug fitting pocket; with options are available for branding.
Foam shadow boards are valuable accessory in case inserts to improve productivity and minimise loss, all the while helping businesses to save money. On almost any foam case insert, Shadow boarding can be added and made to suit any case, box or tote you like.

Foamrite provides full conversion services as foam case inserts suppliers to produce made-to-measure foam inserts from CAD design to development. We are one of the UK's biggest polyethylene stockholders, allowing us to sell a number of brands including Plastazote, OK Company, and Palziv, as well as a range of foam densities, colours or specialist grades, such as static dissipative or flame retardantt.

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