Corrosion-Prone Parts Most Valuable Commodities in Transit – Protect Them!Anna Lee
Rust and other forms of corrosion damage can quickly ruin important metal components. This issue is of high concern because it can happen before the product reaches its customer; even minimal exposure to moisture and oxygen during shipment can cause it. Considering how large and expensive a lot of metal pieces are, losing one to corrosion can be catastrophic. In 2012, machinery topped the most valuable commodities list at $1,836 billion, and motorized vehicles were third on the list at $1,348 billion. That’s a lot of money riding on rust protection.
Of course, not all corrosion-prone materials are big pieces of equipment. Bare metal surfaces can be very small, and still an extremely expensive fix if it corrodes. Sheet metal, gears, coils, fasteners, steel strips, and aluminum alloys are all small pieces that are susceptible to corrosion.
When these parts or equipment are shipped, you can be dealing with a variety of ferrous and non-ferrous materials in one shipment. Preventing corrosion, then, entails finding a solution that adequately protects any variety of materials you have.
Additionally, the protection has to withstand whatever combination of elements the cargo may be exposed to. Humidity, salt, and condensation are of particular concern during shipping, especially when the pieces are traveling by sea.
Common solutions include anticorrosion film that is typically applied with desiccants that prevent rust. These desiccants usually need to be degreased before products can be used, which can be a major inconvenience. The films that cover the parts can be effective; however, they’re often not flame-retardant and are vulnerable to punctures from sharp edges common to metal pieces.
The most innovative protection on the market today is VpCI®-126 FR. The Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor technology protects the exterior as well as hard-to-reach surfaces because the VpCI® molecules vaporize and condense on metal surfaces. It is long-lasting, so it remains effective both during shipment and long-term storage. Additionally, it is flame retardant.
Packnet can fully customize the VpCI®-126 FR film to any size. Our custom blends also improve tear strength, puncture resistance, and any other special needs your package has. If you’re shipping between countries and are using any wood packaging materials, Packnet is also current on ISPM 15 requirements. In fact, we offer standard and custom packaging for any product, component, or part you need to transport.
For a free assessment, click here. You may also call or email us to discuss how we will best protect your commodities: 952-944-9124; CustomPackagingSolutions@packnetltd.com