Importance of VCI Packaging

VCI Packaging is a must for many manufacturers because it helps keep metal parts rust free during the shipping process.   Environmentally friendly VCI packaging paper and poly products can save manufacturers significant amounts in returns and replacements.

An upcoming conference on corrosion protection illustrates just how important rust prevention really is. The COROSAVE 2010 International Trade Fair for Corrosion Protection, Preservation and Packaging will be held in the Exhibition Centre Stuttgart, from October 12 to the 14th 2010. The conference illustrates how important corrosion protection really is, not only to metal foundries, but also to all manufacturers. A press release about the conference points out that corroded parts can lead to waste, subsequent processes being impaired, or component failure. Corrosion is responsible for production damage in automobile electronic parts, computer parts, mobile phones and more. During production, storage, or shipping corrosion protection is equally important.  Corrosion inhibiting packaging can guarantee that metal components meet required levels of purity before assembly or further processing.

Corrosion is a result of oxidation, moisture or destructive elements coming in contact with the metal surface. Many materials that protect against corrosion such as oil, grease or paint are harmful to the environment and costly to apply. VCI (Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor) technology works on a molecular level to protect metal surfaces against corrosion and oxidation.

VCI works by creating an invisible molecular protection layer on metal surfaces. The corrosion inhibitor evaporates out of the packaging products (including film, foam, paper, tablets etc), which are used to seal the metal in a closed environment.  This environment is subsequently saturated with the corrosion inhibitor and a thin molecular protection layer adheres to all metal surfaces. Combining the sealed package and the VCI technology works to prevent corrosion.

Metal parts come in many different shapes, weights and sizes.  For this reason VCI packaging technology is available in different forms such as film, foam, paper, emitters, powders, and liquids.

VCI Packaging Film:

VCI corrosion protection film can be used in bags, covers, and simply as film. Film VCI packaging can be used to pack large machines, pallets, and bulky parts that need to be wrapped for protection. Film can also be used to package large machines for transport.

VCI Packaging Foam:

VCI corrosion protection foam comes is various sized pieces and can be added to non-corrosion protected packaging. It is especially useful when placed inside electrical cabinets, boxes, crates, or hermetic packages. Combining VCI packaging film and foam enables faster saturation of the corrosion inhibitor so that high-tech components are quickly protected from corrosion.

VCI Packaging Paper:

VCI paper can be used to wrap metal parts, especially if they are placed in metal boxes.  Sheets of VCI paper can be placed inside wooden crates or boxes.

VCI Packaging Emitters, Powders, Tablets and Liquids:

VCI emitters can be used in closed cabinets to protect electrical parts. VCI powder can be added to a closed system, especially water systems. VCI tablets can be placed in small packages.  VCI liquids are also available for coating metal parts.

Methods of VCI packaging can be combined to provide the longest and most effective degree of protection metal parts manufacturers need. Consult a VCI packaging specialist to ensure that metal parts are adequately protected from environmental factors like salt, moisture, air, temperature, and other elements.

It is very important to package metal materials immediately when they are manufactured because after they are corroded no VCI packaging material can repair them.