ARPLANK Direct foam products have been used by the US Military for protective packaging applications and military components since 2004. Our very durable, flexible, 6” solid materials come in low, medium, and high density for Type I, III, IV, and V in both Class 1 and Class 2 (Grade A). Grade B Anti-Stat (AS) and Grade C Fire Retardant (FR) materials are also available. All our closed-cell expanded bead foam planks meet Mil-spec CID-A-A-59136, CID-A-A-59135, and PPP-1752-D requirements.
Our foam planks are mechanically expanded and thermally bonded together during manufacturing to form a solid 6” isotropic plank product that performs equally in all compressive and impact directions. The uniform cell size, wall thickness, and density make for easier fabrication, unlike extruded PE foams.
ARPLANK Direct EPE and EP products can be used as cushions for everything from fragile electronics components and optics to large, heavy containerized military ordnance and equipment. The service temperature range is from -76° F to 212° F, making them dependable in a large range of challenging applications.
Charcoal FR (CH-FR) – Left
Standard FR (Black) – Right
Shipping and storing and handling requirements
Case inserts for military electronics and hardware
Missile cradles & dunnage
Cushioning, packaging, and product protection for military parts
Ballistic and armor composite cores
Blast mitigation composites for MRAP vehicles
(from highest to lowest)
ARPLANK products offer better stiffness to weight ratio and lower densities (with the same performance) when compared to Extruded and Crosslinked PE foams.
ARPLANK EPE and EPP foam are produced with inert gas blowing agents, do not contain VOC’s, and are also free of CFC’s and HCFC’s. They meet military (MIL STD CID A-A-59136) criteria, Grade C (FR) in Type I, III, IV, and V fire retardant, per the procuring activity. This makes them ideal for packaging and product applications in the military space.
|Compression Strength (psi)|
|Type I||Type III||Type IV||Type V|
|TYP Value - Lower||4||13||21||51|
|TYP Value - Upper||12||20||50||100|
|1.3 pcf EPE||8|
|1.5 pcf EPE||10|
|1.9 PCF EPE||13|
|2.3 pcf EPE||17|
|2.8 PCF EPE||21|
|3.3 PCF EPE||25|
|4.2 pcf EPE||36|
|4.6 pcf EPE||43|
|5.0 pcf EPE||53|
I have worked with Chris Harrod for several years now on Military Missile Container programs. Chris is very knowledgeable on MIL specifications in general, Mil spec foam materials, and foam fabrication processes and capabilities. Chris makes my job easier with his responsiveness, attention to detail, and industry expertise. All in all, he is just a pleasure to work with on my requirements.
Logistics Management Specialist, Letterkenny Munitions Center