Anti-Static Foam: A foam material that will not generate an electrical charge.


CAD: (Computer Aided Design) A design that is achieved with the help of computer software.

Closed Cell Foam: Foam with individual pockets, resulting with a water-resistant cushion.

CNC Machine: (Computer Numerical Control) A machine which a computer plays an integral part in its control.

Creep: Foam settling under load/weight.

Cross Linked Foam: A manufacturing process that results in a foam with a greater resistance to creep.


Die Cutting Foam: Similar to a pastry cutter, except using a machine that produces 60 tonnes of pressure, and is 1,000mm x 1,200 in size! This foam cutting technique cuts out a shape by punching out the desired shape in one swift downward motion.

Dunnage: A term that is often used in the Automotive industry to describe protective packaging for components in transit.


Foam Conversion: Taking foam as a raw sheet and transforming it into a final product.


HLB: High Load Bearing – meaning an item that can take a large amount of weight.


Laminating: A process of heat bonding sheets of foam on top of one and other in order to achieve a single piece of foam deep enough for a particular design.

Laser Engraving Foam: A cutting technique that uses a highly accurate laser to engraves out a design from a piece of foam.


Materials Handling: The use of foam as protective packaging when transporting goods to and from a company, and also during the manufacturing process.


Open Cell Foam: A type of foam that allows for an easier flow of air in between the microscopic cells within the foam.


Pack Density: The number of items that are able to be placed within a packaging design, i.e. To maximise pack density would to be to fit as many items as feasibly possible within one container.


Remote Product Scanning: A service that only MSA provide across all of the UK, where a mobile 3D scanner is used to create a highly accurate 3D impression of an object in order to map out the design of the custom foam insert, as well as provide an almost instantaneous digital impression of the object moments after the scan has completed.

Returnable Packaging: Another phrase for ‘reusable packaging’. which is foam used as permanent packaging that can be used again and again during the items life.

Reusable Packaging: Foam used as permanent packaging that can be used again and again during the items life.

Routing: A cutting technique that adopts a fast rotating tool that moves along the X and Y axis to cut the foam.


Static Dissipative Foam: A foam that does not generate electrical charges and, unlike ‘Anti Static Foam’, also dissipates any static build up. This type of foam is commonly used for highly sensitive electronics.

Stillage: A term that is often used to describe racks on which car parts and components are stored and transported on.


Tooling: The selection and application of a tool that is best for the foam cutting design.


Water Jet Cutting Machine: A machine that uses a highly pressured jet of water that can cut intricate shapes into a piece of foam with a wall as thin as 1mm between the two shapes.