Has corrosion happened to you recently? Were you able to pinpoint the source?
Corrosion – in all of its forms – can be dealt with through the proper precautions and procedures, but only if your corrosion management program contains them.
The substantial costs of corrosion are putting strains on manufacturers, suppliers and users to invest in new opportunities or lose business to corrosion-related risks.
A Brief Background On Corrosion
Corrosion is defined as “the chemical or electrochemical reaction between a material, usually a metal, and its environment that produces a deterioration of the material and its properties.” The language of science describes this reaction as “corrosion,” while everyday language commonly refers to this process as “rusting.”
The environment may be anything in contact with the metal material, usually in a physical state, chemical composition and temperature. Corrosion control is impossible without considering the environment and proper identification of the metal. In other words, the corrosive aggressiveness of an environment also depends on the type of metal in that environment.
The Costs Of Ineffective Corrosion Management
In the U.S. alone, corrosion costs manufacturers, suppliers and users up to $300 billion per year. In many ways, these costs could be reduced by a more specific, targeted application of corrosion preventatives and best practices in handling, manufacturing, storage and shipping.
While costs of corrosion vary by industry, the first step in any corrosion management program is to quantify current corrosion costs. After a cost analysis, the most effective, high-impact improvements may be prioritized accordingly.
Broadly, a proper investigation into corrosion management and potential failures may be tracked through products and processes. More specifically, better corrosion control may be split into three categories of opportunities.
How To Achieve Effective Corrosion Management
- Reduce Corrosion Costs:
Where To Focus: Reduce corrosion maintenance and corroded-materials repair costs, reduce the amount of products lost due to corrosion damage and extend the useful life of manufactured products.
Action Plan: Review corrosion costs by processes, preventatives and packaging, and implement a plan to reduce costs within the aforementioned areas.
- Lower Risk Of Failure:
Where To Focus: Examine liability and risk by metal materials, and review proper metal parts processing and handling regulations.
Action Plan: Evaluate current risks within processing, manufacturing, storage and shipping; determine consequences of failures in each area; and reduce risk through a change in corrosion protection and packaging technology.
- Invest In Newer Technology:
Where To Focus: Investigate the possibility for new coatings, alloys and corrosion inhibitors.
Action Plan: Apply new corrosion protection and preventatives for more corrosion-resistant products and best practices.
A Search For Better Corrosion Protection
When improving the integrity of your corrosion management program, it’s important to examine every process from manufacturing to delivery to cover the full scope of corrosion control.
As you start researching new technologies worth implementing across your company to reduce corrosion-related costs and keep your customers happy, you might find the VCI method a worthwhile option for consideration.
Test the effectiveness of the VCI method of corrosion protection by requesting free samples today.