Convenient Biobased Corrosion Protection for Government Arms Manufacturers

Cortec® VpCI® packaging materials come highly recommended for dry corrosion protection of arms and ammunition newly manufactured by government contractors. These corrosion inhibiting packaging materials have enough benefits to stand on their own as a superior rust prevention strategy to traditional methods of slathering new guns in protective oils or greases. Even better, several Cortec® VpCI® packaging materials also meet minimum biobased content requirements under the mandatory federal purchasing initiative of the USDA BioPreferred® Program. Here is a closer look at three excellent options for government weapons and ammo manufacturers.

CorShield® VpCI®-146 Paper is the premium Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibiting paper in the VCI paper industry. It is competitively priced and offers corrosion protection on both sides of the paper, eliminating packaging guesswork. When wrapped inside CorShield® VpCI®-146 Paper, the outer surfaces of guns and ammunition are protected by Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors that diffuse out of the paper and form a protective molecular layer on multiple metal types (e.g., carbon steel, stainless steel, galvanized steel, cast iron, aluminum alloys, copper, brass, and solder). When the firearm or ammunition is removed from the paper there is no need to clean off the protective layer, because it simply evaporates. CorShield® VpCI®-146 contains 92% USDA certified biobased content and is fully recyclable/repulpable. It does not contain any hazardous materials such as nitrites, phosphates, silicones, chromates, or other heavy metals. It is also available in creped paper format.

For a step up in moisture resistance, EcoShield® VpCI®-144 Paper offers corrosion protection on one side with a recyclable moisture barrier coating on the other. Historically, polyethylene and wax coatings have been used to seal porous paper to provide a moisture barrier and/or moisture-vapor barrier. When coated this way, the resulting paper product is an environmental problem and cannot be recycled through normal channels. EcoShield® VpCI®-144 Paper provides a competitive environmentally friendly alternative to polyethylene and wax paper, with comparable water vapor barrier properties, and is fully recyclable/repulpable into other types of paper products. EcoShield® VpCI®-144 contains 69% USDA certified biobased content.

A third option that can be used alone or in conjunction with VpCI® Papers is BioPad®. This unique flexible corrosion inhibiting device contains Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors infused throughout a substrate constructed from biobased non-woven material. BioPad’s high concentration of VpCI® is excellent for packages that need to be quickly saturated with a strong dose of Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors. BioPad® contains 58% USDA certified biobased content and is made partly from the byproducts of corn processing. On their own, these three packaging materials are excellent options for easy corrosion protection of ammunition and firearms. Their renewable content gives all the more reason for manufacturers and even arms buyers to use them for protection of military guns and ammunition during storage or shipment. They help users avoid the mess of greasy and oily rust preventatives; they lower environmental impact; and they also help federal government agencies and their contractors meet minimum biobased content purchasing requirements.

Contact your Texas Technologies specialist to learn more about a convenient, environmentally responsible corrosion protection packaging option.

FM03 Cleanroom Safe Anti-Static Facemasks

The FM03 is a reusable Cleanroom Safe, Anti-Static face mask. The mask works like a natural shield against airborne contaminants. The mask is made with an ESD safe Class 100 Cleanroom fabric with a conductive grid that reduces static generation.

Transforming Technologies ESD Cleanroom Fabric is engineered to meet up to Class 100 cleanroom demands for industries such as microelectronics, semi-conductors, disk drives, lasers, and other like industries.

Features include:

  • Face Shield: Works like a natural shield against airborne contaminates
  • Reusable: Machine washable
  • Controlled Environments: Made with Class 100 Cleanroomfabric
  • ESD safe: Made with conductive nylon fibers woven throughout the material
  • Resistance: <10^7Ω

Here at Texas Technologies, we offer a variety of products designed to protect your ESD vulnerable devices. We are happy to discuss the options with you and help find a solution. Please contact our specialists to assist you!

Product of The Week- UHV Foil

When you think of aluminum foil, you most likely think of the foil that is a standard household kitchen item- the thin, shiny metal used to line a cooking sheet or cover food. Beyond the kitchen, however, aluminum foil has many uses in the commercial and industrial industries such as insulation, electronics, heat transfers, and others!

There are plenty of options available when it comes to foil wrap. However, in critical vacuum areas, Ultra High Vacuum aluminum foil (UHV) stands out. For example, if you’re shipping delicate items like interior microscopes that require an ultra-high vacuum, the foil must be clean and free from contamination.  

Other Foils

Most recycled or reclaimed aluminum has a percentage of chemicals like magnesium or hydrogen. UHV aluminum is processed with additional purification steps that remove these impurities, such as de-gassing in a vacuum furnace. 

What is UHV Foil

Ultra-High Vacuum aluminum foil is virtually contamination-free and rated for cleanroom rated environments. This means the foil is “A” wettable and completely free from oils normally found on other grades of aluminum foil. 

Highlights:

  • Ultra-High Vacuum (UHV) foil is virtually contamination-free.
  • Designed for use in controlled environments, including cleanrooms and vacuum chambers.
  • Each roll is individually wrapped in plastic and packed in a plastic box.
  • Certified to the American Society for Testing and Material (ASTM) designation B 479, specification 3.1.4, and 10.3.1.

UHV foil is produced on 1 5/16” plastic cores and wrapped in plastic to prevent foreign particles from penetrating the surface. Each UHV Aluminum Foil roll is then enclosed in a plastic dispenser box and wrapped in film to protect the cleanroom rating.

Our knowledge of the many applications and end uses for foils allow us to help your company with hard-to-find requirements. If a specification you’re looking for is not listed here in our brochure, please contact us.

Product of The Week- Static Shielding Bags

When it comes to preserving electronics, the packaging is king! The correct packaging will keep products from accumulating dust, physical trauma, moisture, and maybe most importantly, electrostatic discharge (ESD). Most electronics are so vulnerable to ESD that even a tiny fraction of electricity could ruin most devices. This is why we provide static shielding bags.

81705 Static Shielding Bags

This product is on the Qualified Product Listing under the Defense Standardization Program. Static Shield Bag 81705 Series are manufactured from four layers – static dissipative coating, polyester, metal, and polyethylene laminate. The polyester dielectric in concert with the metal layer provides discharge shielding. The exterior is static dissipative and allows electrostatic charges to be removed when grounded. 

Open Top and Zip Top Static Shielding Bags

This transparent metal-in static shielding bag is designed to provide a static-safe environment for ESD sensitive electronic devices. Bags are printed with an ESD protective symbol and a lot code for traceability. The bags are heat sealable.

Static Shielding Bags 1000 Series are manufactured from a polyester, metal, polyethylene laminate. The polyester dielectric in concert with the metal layer provides discharge shielding. The exterior being static dissipative allows electrostatic charges to be removed when grounded.

Here at Texas Technologies, we offer a variety of static shielding bags designed to protect your ESD vulnerable devices. We are happy to discuss the options with you and help find a customized solution for your packaging needs. Please contact our specialists to assist you.

Be Prepared for Supply Chain Unpredictability

Pandemic or no pandemic, corrosion has no respect for waiting lists caused by delays in the supply chain. These delays have become commonplace as manufacturers strive to keep up with fluctuating surges in demand while suppliers deal with short-staffing or back-ordered parts. When those wait times stretch out in an unprotected environment, manufacturers could face additional corrosion risks on partially finished inventory, especially when storage is not climate-controlled. The good news is that it is fairly easy to guard against corrosion problems by keeping an emergency supply of Cortec® VpCI® packaging materials on hand. The wide variety of options allows plenty of scope to design a creative, practical corrosion solution. You can start with these basic ideas: 
  • Packaging Inserts Cor-Pak® 1-MUL or Cor-Pak® 8-MUL pouches are easy to insert automatically into a small box of metal parts. 
  • In-Process Wrapping Material Rolls of CorShield® VpCI® -146 Paper can be set around the plant for easy access when workers need to wrap or layer partially finished goods for corrosion protection in-process. 
  • Build-Ahead Packaging Suite Combinations of VpCI® -126 Film with VpCI® -130 Series foam or VpCI® -111 Emitters allow automakers to build engines, transmissions, or other modules ahead of time and protect them while they wait for final components to arrive. 
  • Outdoor Storage Solutions VpCI® -126 HP UV Shrink Film and other VpCI® Emitters make it possible to keep partial assemblies protected outside when indoor storage is scarce. 
All these materials provide excellent Vapor phase Corrosion Protection to keep metals in rust-free condition until the rest of the components arrive. By planning for delays with an emergency VpCI® preservation kit, manufacturers can smooth out the “bumps” in the supply chain “road” due to parts delays—whether waiting for a critical electronic or a missing bearing.  Contact us today for help to design the right VpCI® emergency kit for your supply chain delays!

Get Ready to Wrap Up for Winter Weather with MilCorr® Shrink Film!

The cold winds and snows of winter will be upon many of us all too soon! That means it is not too early to start planning to protect any extra equipment that has to be stored outside.

What are you going to do with all those boats or other summer recreation vehicles that need to be put away for the season? Or what about those pieces of industrial equipment, piping, heat exchangers, valve spares, etc., that you have no room to store inside?

You may already have a standard procedure in place for covering them with tarps, but sometimes, that is not enough. Tarps can wear out or blow off and may need frequent replacement without even protecting the equipment from rust.

MilCorr® VpCI® Shrink Film has shown itself to be an outstanding alternative even known to withstand the force of hurricanes. It is great not only because it provides heavy-duty physical protection against the elements—UV exposure, wind, rain, and snow—it also contains corrosion inhibitors that actively protect the metals from rusting.

Metal parts packaged in MilCorr® receive continuous protection against salt air and humid environments, moisture, aggressive industrial atmospheres, and dissimilar metal corrosion. The corrosion inhibitors vaporize and condense on all metal surfaces within the enclosed space, and diffuse to every area of your part; protecting its exterior as well as void spaces and recessed areas. You get complete product storage protection as well as during domestic and overseas shipments, virtually eliminating any rust claims. 

Features:

  • Provides UV protection for outdoor storage
  • Multimetal corrosion inhibition providing contact-, barrier-, and vapor-phase protection.
  • Superior mechanical properties
  • Will shrink using a wide variety of shrink tools including electric and propane heat guns
  • Provides a unitized, tight, and tamper-proof load
  • Extra protection for outdoor storage and export shipments
  • Effective in severe outdoor climates
  • Immediate use of protected object upon removal
  • Recyclable and non-toxic

Combined with other solutions such as VpCI® Emitters, VpCI® Pouches, VpCI®-130 Series Foam, or oil additives for internal equipment protection, MilCorr® VpCI® Shrink Film is an excellent overall preservation solution for outdoor storage this winter—or any season!

Contact us for additional support and get ready to shrink wrap today!

 

Simple, Safe, and Cost-Effective Solution to Packaging

Corrosion of complex equipment is an increasingly serious problem for many manufacturers, causing expensive failures. Ecological Cor-Pak VpCI Static Dissipative Bubble Film powered by Nano-VpCI offers a simple and safe to use recyclable bubble wrap packaging solution. This modern, clean, and flexible packaging material combines volatile corrosion inhibitors with cushioning packaging bubbles to provide protection for the most sensitive or delicate components.

Cor-Pak VpCI Static Dissipative Bubble Film is suitable for various packaging applications from surface protection and interleaving up to the creation of protective cushions and empty space packing. Using Nano-VpCI technology, the bubbles protect a variety of metals including carbon steel, aluminum, copper, brass, silver, and stainless steel without leaving residue on packaged items. Environmentally safe Cor-Pak® VpCI® Static Dissipative Bubble Film offers a simple and safe to use recyclable bubble wrap packaging solution that will cut costs.

Advantages of Cor-Pak® VpCI® Static Dissipative Bubbles Film:

  • Simple, safe to use
  • Provides a unique combination of cushioning and corrosion protection
  • Provides multi-metal protection through Patented VpCI® Technology – VpCI® vapor does not interfere with subsequent processing (i.e. painting, welding, cleaning, soldering, etc.)
  • Has no adverse effects on plastic (lexane), optics elastomers, and other non-metallics
  • Protects against triboelectric charge generation making them an excellent packaging solution for electronic components

Method of application

Components to be protected are placed in Cor-Pak VpCI Bubbles or Static Dissipative Bubbles. In a matter of hours, the vapor from the VpCI bubbles saturates the enclosed airspace. The VpCI vapor migrates through the air to reach all exposed metal surfaces. The VpCIs then condense, forming a thin, protective layer. Cor-Pak VpCI Bubbles are designed for cushioning, dunnage, void fill, and interleaving (surface protection) applications, while Cor-Pak VpCI Static Dissipative Bubbles are designed to protect sensitive electronic equipment.

8 Common Cleaning Myths

We’re debunking 8 common cleaning myths. Here are some suggestions to get a better clean.  
  1. Newspaper leaves your mirrors and glass streak-free.
When newspaper gets wet it can tear easily and can transfer ink to the glass, making you clean twice. Instead, a streak-free glass cleaner with a microfiber cloth is your best option.
  1. Feather dusters actually dust.
Traditional feather dusters attract dust but just end up pushing it around. Since they are quite ineffective at picking up dust particles, opt for a vacuum with a nozzle attachment or spray a microfiber cloth instead.
  1. Vinegar cleans everything.
Vinegar is acidic and can be a very effective cleaner but definitely not be used on all surfaces. Vinegar can damage natural or unsealed stone and wood surfaces.
  1. Cleaning solutions act instantly.
It’s recommended to let cleaning sprays sit on the surface for a few minutes before wiping. Always read the labels on cleaning products, especially on disinfectants that usually need to sit on the surface for at least a few minutes to kill germs and bacteria.
  1. Hand washing is better than using a dishwasher.
Depending on how efficient your handwashing methods are, using a dishwasher actually uses less water, is much more efficient, and saves time. The hot water temperature in a dishwasher cleans and sanitizes dishes at the same time.
  1. Wash everything in cold water.
Washing in cold water is great for clothes but for bedding and towels, hot water is best to sanitize and kill any germs and bacteria.
  1. Your dishwasher cleans itself.
Your dishwasher is a pro at cleaning dishes but sometimes it needs a little TLC. Make sure to completely drain the dishwasher and run it empty on the hot water cycle with vinegar and follow with a short wash cycle with baking soda sprinkled on the bottom to deodorize.
  1. You should polish wood weekly.
It’s definitely important to keep your wood furniture clean but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to polish them frequently. Using too much furniture polish will lead to build up and can actually wear them down. Instead, dust them regularly with a microfiber cloth and polish them periodically.

One Bag Solves Corrosion and Static Damage for Electronics!

There are many stages in an electronic’s life cycle when it could benefit from ESD and corrosion protection. Without proper precautions, electrostatic sensitive devices are at risk for damage by something as simple as a tiny static charge from taking it out of a plastic bag or moving it across the production floor. Corrosion is another danger during manufacturing or shipment, especially in the presence of corrosives or fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels on land or sea. Both corrosion and static can damage the electronics and lead to product rejection or premature failure. Fortunately, both problems can also be solved by using one EcoSonic® VpCI®-125 Static Dissipative Bag. EcoSonic® VpCI®-125 Static Dissipative Film & Bags have the special ability to prevent corrosion and ESD damage. The film combines the most effective multi-metal corrosion protection with strong static dissipative properties. These films are safe to use and do not contain free amines or harmful Prop 65 ingredients. They can be ordered in a variety of formats depending on the specific application, whether the need is heat-sealed bags, zipper closures, tubing, or simply film to shroud a large piece of electronics equipment. They are excellent for protection in-process or during storage, shipping, and handling. EcoSonic® VpCI®-125 Static Dissipative Film & Bags can be used for many types of electrostatic-sensitive devices, such as the following: 
  • Integrated circuits 
  • Printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies 
  • Telecommunications equipment 
  • Electronic and electrical panels
VpCI®-125 Static Dissipative Film & Bags conform to ESD properties of MIL-PRF-81705 D for surface resistivity between 105 and 1012 Ω with a static decay rate of <2 seconds. EcoSonic® VpCI®-125 forms a molecular corrosion inhibiting layer on metal substrates and does not interfere with the physical or chemical properties of electronic components. VpCI® molecules protect steel, copper (and alloys), aluminum (and alloys), brass, solder, and nickel, covering a broad range of metals found in sensitive electronic devices. When the package is opened and the item removed, the molecules naturally evaporate, so that no cleaning of the inhibitor layer is required. The component can be used or assembled immediately. Corrosion and static are two enemies that haunt the electronics manufacturing and shipping process. EcoSonic® VpCI®-125 Static Dissipative Film & Bags act as an insurance plan to protect goods from these two dangers. By making a small investment in good packaging upfront, electronics manufacturers can prevent more serious damage down the road that could result in rework, returns, and unhappy customers. Whereas many packaging options offer only ESD protection or corrosion protection, Cortec® solves both problems with one top-quality product that is recyclable.  Contact us today to discuss the best option for your needs!

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