12 Essential Processes:Step 3- Cover Up

This month, we’ll be looking at another piece in our essential procedures– Covering metal parts when they could be exposed to open air.


It’s a common misconception. Your staging area for packaging can be climate controlled, closed off from outside elements, weather sealed and humidified, unless it’s in a moisture-less vacuum, your parts aren’t completely safe. All kinds of different contaminants still come into contact with your susceptible parts. In a perfect world, no metal would meet air until it is properly treated or had safely arrived at its destination. Unfortunately, we don’t live in that perfect world.


That forklift that operates around your staging area? It’s spewing moisture into the air that all but guarantees corrosion of your parts. Every time a door or window opens inside your production area, contaminants creep in. That water on the bottom of your employee’s shoes? It’s going into the air and slowly rusting your precious pieces. There are elements at play on metal that are completely imperceptible. Trying to eliminate all of these elements would be terribly expensive, require hundreds of man-hours and be extremely difficult. So how do you keep your pieces safe?


The same way you protect your body from the cold.


You cover up.


When we supply anti-corrosion supplies for foundries, they aren’t just for the final shipping process. Our products can be used to protect loose parts from the dangers of open-air, virtually anywhere. Protecting metal parts isn’t a process that starts when they go in the box, it starts as soon as those parts cool. Metal should be covered with VCI paper or VCI poly bags before they ever even see the staging area, or, at least when they are placed on a surface in the staging area.


Like all processes, this one takes preparation. By protecting parts from moisture in the air, they’re much more likely to stay in the best condition during and after the packaging process, so your work arrives the way it left, looking (and working) great.


Join us next month when we’ll discuss the heat-treat areas. For now, if you’re looking to buy VCI packaging that’s responsibly produced, take a look here.