Frequently Asked Questions about
Instapak Quick® RT Packaging
These questions apply to the original version of Instapak Quick® packaging, which requires a warmer
Are the Quick® RT bags supposed to fill up completely with foam?
The bags are designed to have some air space after the foam has risen. This allowst the foam to expand unrestricted around the product to be packaged.
Your #80 does not look big enough to fill the bottom of my box. Can I use more than two cushions for top and bottom protection?
Yes, it is very common, with the foam-in-bag packaging method, to use more than two bags to protect a product. See our packaging examples.
What if I activate a bag and then realize it was the wrong bag? Can I re-use this bag?
If the bag you activated was too big, put it aside and use it as a voidfill cushion for another pack. If the cushion you activated was too small, then use it and supplement it with additional bags.
Can I shake the bag, once the foam starts to rise, to spread the foam throughout the bag?
No, do not shake the bag at anytime. Shaking the bag can cause the foam cells to break down resulting in a cushion that is smaller than it should be. Proper placement of the product, on the rising cushion, will help the foam spread throughout the bag. Refer to the Quick® RT User's Guide for complete activation instructions.
Which Instapak Quick® RT bag should I use? Instapak Quick® RT or Instapak Quick Tuff® RT?
This is determined by the size and weight of your product. See the Instapak Quick® Packaging Performance Chart to determine which Instapak Quick® packaging foam is best suited for your application.
What is a product positioner and why would you use one?
A product positioner is used when the product to be packaged is difficult or awkward to handle while placing it into the rising foam. A positioner is a block of polyethylene, polyurethane, polystyrene or wood used to lift, hold, center or help position the product to be packaged within the center of the shipping box. The thickness of the positioner is determined by the size of the shipping box and the amount of foam needed to surround the product. For example: If the product and the shipping box dictate that 2 inches of foam protection is needed, then fabricate a 2 inch thick piece of wood or other suitable material to act as a product positioner.
How can I tell if I have old Instapak Quick®, or new Instapak Quick® RT bags?
Instapak Quick® bags are silver colored and must be heated prior to activation. This is done by placing them in the Quick® Warmer for at least one half hour prior to use. Quick® RT bags are blue colored and are activated at room temerature (RT), right out of the box.
These answers apply to the original version of Instapak Quick® packaging, which requires a warmer.