As COVID-19 restrictions start to ease and economies begin to open up around the world, much uncertainty remains. How long will the ripple effects of the shutdowns continue? Will there be similar scenarios in the future? What will be the long-term impacts even if health concerns disappear?
While markets are expected to rebound sooner or later, there may be a delayed response in many industries, such as manufacturing, as supply and demand forces take time to resynchronize. In the meantime, businesses may be temporarily left with large inventories of manufactured goods or idle equipment waiting to be used. For metal components, this could lead to serious complications if simple oxidation or fluctuating temperatures and humidity bring on rust and corrosion.
Cortec® Corporation is here to help manufacturers avoid this problem and accompanying rework or restoration time and labor costs by providing solutions to corrosion that are effective and easy to work with.
These solutions give owners the confidence and peace of mind that their inventory is protected against the damage of rust and can be brought back into circulation on short notice with minimal labor required.
Cortec’s solutions to corrosion come in many different shapes, sizes, and formats. VpCI® packaging materials such as VpCI®-146 Paper and VpCI®-126 Films and Bags are some of the most basic solutions to protect inventory of different sizes by wrapping, interleaving, shrouding, or bagging the components in materials that emit Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors.
VpCI® Emitters are a second excellent option to either complement VpCI® packaging or turn boxes, bins, and crates into protective environments themselves. For example, placing a Cor-Pak® 1-MUL Pouch or a VpCI®-101 Device inside a small box will provide enough corrosion protection for an enclosed space of up to 1 cubic foot (28 L). A Cor-Pak® 8-MUL Pouch will protect 8 cubic feet (0.23 m3), and a VpCI®-111 Emitter will protect 11 cubic feet (0.31 m3). BioPad® comes in various sizes for protection of different volumes with the added “green” benefit of being a USDA Certified Biobased Product.
For those who want to follow more standard methods of corrosion protection, Cortec® offers a broad selection of robust rust preventatives. Manufacturers looking for an unnoticeable dry film rust preventative can opt for water-based VpCI -377 or biobased BioCorr , which are both easy to remove if desired. Those who prefer a more traditional oily film rust preventative may opt for VpCI®-325, EcoLine® 3690, or EcoLine® 3220, which have varying percentages of biobased content.
Many of these rust preventatives are also packaged in EcoAir® bag-on-valve spray cans (powered by air instead of traditional chemical propellants) for convenient application around the plant. For instance, EcoAir® 325 Tool & Die Rust Preventative provides long-term indoor protection ideal for atomization across large surface areas of high value molds. EcoAir® 377 Multi-Metal Rust Preventative and EcoAir® BioCorr® Rust Preventative can be sprayed on individual components to leave behind a clear, dry film. VpCI® cleaners with flash rust protection are available in EcoAir® spray cans, as well, for the manufacturer who needs to take a full range of steps to “clean, protect, and preserve” inventory.
As market prospects brighten, the future remains uncertain. At times like these, it is especially critical to stay nimble and adapt to fluctuating circumstances. Cortec’s corrosion solutions help others do so, giving them the confidence that they will be able to quickly deliver quality goods in like-new condition when their inventory comes back into demand.
Contact us today to get more practical ideas and solutions to preserve your inventory with confidence amidst uncertainty. 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.