The Benefits Of Plastic In The Aerospace Industry

As packaging solution providers we understand that the material a product is made up of determines the solution we will provide. In the aerospace industry, there is absolutely no margin of error in the shipping and handling of equipment. Extra care and attention need to be paid when handling and transporting engines, fuselages, and electronic and electrical components. As the aerospace industry grows in India, shipping locally manufactured equipment across the country and even across borders is becoming more common.  

Aerospace equipment most often than not requires custom cushioning and packaging solutions to ensure its security. Cushioning agents protect the equipment from movement and damage during transit. The type of material chosen will depend on the weight, fragility, and dimensions of the equipment as well as the mode of transport being used. The packaging of aerospace equipment also has to consider shock protection, magnetic protection, vibrations, temperature extremes and humidity. 

Benefits of Plastic

Plastic plays an important role in both the packaging and cushioning of aerospace products Plastic can also be moulded into different shapes specific to the part it will be used to protect.

It is lighter than metals and therefore reduces the weight of the packaged product. A lighter product results in improved safety and agility during transport. Industrial plastics are versatile durable and superior in resistance to moisture, impact, and heat. They are strong, durable, lightweight, and cost-efficient in comparison to alternatives. 

Durable

Plastic is durable and can be as strong as steel. Some of the well-known products in the aerospace plastics market include glass reinforced plastic, carbon fibre reinforced plastic, and aramid reinforced plastic. Plastic can protect delicate equipment and sensitive aerospace electronics. 

Lightweight

One of the biggest advantages of using plastics in packaging is that it is lightweight. Plastic substitutes tend to be heavier and require more material output to create the same packaging. Lightweight plastics also reduce the size and bulk of the package which decreases shipping costs and carbon footprints during transportation.  

Sustainable

Despite popular thought, plastic can be sustainable especially when it is reused and recycled. Due to its resistance to corrosion and bio-inertness, it can be a resource that is used efficiently.  

In addition, it also has a lower global warming potential as compared to other materials.

Versatile

Plastic can be moulded into any shape, the options are limitless. It is one of the most versatile materials that can be used in packaging. It can be customised to the shape of the equipment that needs to be protected. It can be used to package products in a wide range of sizes. It is resistant to temperature variations and can be sealed tightly.   

Cost Effective

Plastic packaging is inexpensive. Due to its lightweight, there is a substantial saving in shipping and transportation costs. 

In today’s global manufacturing environment, the type of packaging solution used is crucial in industries such as aerospace. Many factors must be considered in the customized packaging solutions of aviation and aerospace components including reducing costs and optimizing supply chains. At Ficus Pax, we provide packaging solutions to a wide range of leading aerospace companies. Get in touch with us at https://ficuspax.com/contact/ to discuss your aerospace packaging requirements.