Are You Using VCI To Package Your Machined Metal Parts?

Are You Using VCI To Package Your Machined Metal Parts?Are your machined metal parts perfect, bright and finished before you ship them?

Are they rusted upon arriving with customers?

Whether forging or machining cylinder liners, crankshafts, connecting rods or other metals, sensitive metal surfaces require rust protection, especially when storing and transporting.

Temperature changes, humidity levels and airborne contaminants all influence rust. What are you doing to stop them?

How To Stop Rust On Metal: Pre-Packaging Rust Control

Before packaging, there are plant procedures every domestic metals manufacturer needs to follow to stop rust influencers:

  1. Clean and dry metal parts immediately after manufacturing or processing
  2. Ensure pre-packaging procedures keep metal parts free from debris
  3. Wear gloves to avoid fingerprint contamination

From here, anti-rust packaging is essential for guaranteeing parts quality and maximum performance for your customers, which is otherwise compromised by rust-causing contaminants.

VCI Applications For Metal Parts Manufacturers

The most important aspect of using VCI is – regardless of application – keeping a close fit between VCI and a metal’s surface. The aim is to keep VCI corrosion-inhibiting molecules inside the packaging environment and saturating the airspace.

When determining application, consider the size, weight and shape of the item being shipped. As part of a pre-shipping quality check, examine all packaged parts to ensure none of the packaging has been damaged or compromised during storage.

A variety of VCI applications and products are available, depending on your situation:

  • VCI paper: Adheres to the metal surface molecularly and saturates the atmosphere with a rust-protective layer.
  • VCI bags: Provide easy one-step method for protecting metals that are ready for use after being removed from the bag.
  • VCI emitters: Create atmosphere of protection for electric cabinets and components.

The Secret To A Fail-Safe Rust-Free Guarantee

The other substances you use in your manufacturing process impact the effectiveness of your chosen VCI method. While VCI products are generally compatible and used in combination with other materials, it’s important to be aware of factors that reduce VCI’s ability to prevent rust.

The best way to ensure VCI compatibility with other manufacturing materials, along with the metal itself, is to consult with the VCI manufacturer and, in the end, conduct a test to guarantee rust prevention effectiveness.

Failing to account for real-life scenarios may leave you with unanticipated gaps in VCI application, and your reputation depends on isolating and closing those gaps.

Before you choose a VCI product, make sure it’s compatible with your metal parts, your manufacturing process and your shipping requirements.

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