There exists a wide range of protective packaging products which can be used for protecting ferrous and non-ferrous metals from corrosion during storage and shipping.
The most effective of these products use VCI technology - Volatile Corrosion Inhibitors. VCI packaging products are available in different mediums to suit a range of applications including papers, films, foams, bags, cardboard, wire, plastic and liquid.
In this article we are focusing on VCI packaging paper.
There are several formats of VCI paper packaging such as cut
sheets, rolls, plain, creped, bags or with poly coating. These packaging papers
protect your metal parts from corrosion when the VCI nanomolecules are attracted to the metal surfaces and form a thin microscopic layer of protection which stops the corrosion cell from forming.
The best of these VCI papers also offer protection at a distance which ensures all parts are protected without the need to wrap each individual item even when a piece is not in direct contact with the packaging. Quality VCI packaging paper may also be coated on both sides which can simplify packaging and provide the highest protection levels.
Because of the differences in metallurgical make-up it is important to choose the correct VCI paper formulation for your metal corrosion problem. It is possible to test samples to identify the best VCI paper type to use and we have compatibility charts if required.
High quality VCI paper provides an extremely effective solution to corrosion preventative packaging and is clean, safe and easy to use. By using VCI paper to protect your metal products it avoids the mess of using oil and grease based products while protecting metal parts with an easy to apply solution.
VCI paper is also fully recyclable unless it is the polythene coated version and can be recycled in normal paper recycling systems.
If you would like further information or advice on which VCI paper to use for your packaging solution we will be happy to advise and you can also request samples on our website.
In our next post we’ll cover the use and application of VCI films for protective packaging.