Are you planning a shipment from Death Valley to Decatur, Alabama? How about Daytona Beach to Dubai? If so, listen up. Besides making sure your shipment is securely packed to prevent damages that can occur from transporting, handling, and storage (stacking), you’ll need to think carefully about packaging corrosion prevention. Selecting the right packaging material can combat corrosion, which can result from everything from environmental changes outside to the atmosphere inside receiving and storage facilities.
Believe it or not, even the slightest change in climate can affect how your packaging holds up against corrosion. But extreme climate changes, like going from dangerously hot and dry to 80 percent humidity, will almost certainly cause problems if you’ve chosen the wrong materials. Materials that are not made for these sudden changes can melt, swell, or stick in humid or other inclement weather. Simply put, the wrong packaging can quickly reduce your packaging protection to zero.
The good news is packaging happens to be one of the world’s most advanced industries, so the engineers behind the best designs are well versed in creating packaging that has the amazing ability to adapt thousands of different environments across the planet. This means, you’ll find a number of effective packaging corrosion prevention solutions, whether your company ships a few times a month or daily.
Take a look at our 6 tips for packaging corrosion prevention below:
1. Choose Corrosion Resistant Packaging
Corrosion resistant packaging and materials, such as volatile corrosion inhibiting (VCI) products, desiccants, and humidity indicator devices help keep the contents inside clean, dry, and corrosion-free during transport and storage. And here’s a bonus: most of these products are non-toxic, economical, and easy to use.
2. Choose Transparent Packaging
Transparent packaging allows the items inside to be inspected without exposing them to chemicals and conditions that cause corrosion such as acids, moisture, salts, water, gases containing sulphur, acid vapor, and ammonia gas.
3. Know your Mode of Transport
Knowing whether your shipment will travel by air, land, sea, or a combination of these will help you decide just how much protection you’ll need. For example, shipments traveling by sea may be exposed to much more moisture/condensation during transport, than a shipment traveling by air or freight train.
4. Get to Know Your Destination and Receiving Facility
Once your shipment leaves the ship, airplane, train, or truck, it may sit outside on a dock or other area for several hours before being moved to storage or prepared for the final leg of the trip. The climate outside may be extremely muggy and the environment inside may be dry, but lacking AC. Knowing about these conditions can also help you make a decision about just how much protection you need and the best materials to use.
5. Consider Customization
Packaging that helps protect your shipment by repelling corrosion comes pre-made or you can have it customized to fit your specific parts. While one-size-fits-all products may offer a good level of protection, customized products add another layer of protection for your products because they are made according to your precise specifications. Customization also allows you to choose a variety of different protective materials and varying thickness for the parts that you think need it the most, rather than purchasing <b>type</b>material & thickness for all of your parts.
6. Don’t Go it Alone
Always consult with a packaging professional to help you select the right packaging for your shipment. A packaging professional, like the professionals at Valley Box, add yet another layer of protection against damages to your shipment because they <i>understand the intricacies of packaging corrosion prevention</i> and the importance of educating customers about just how its done!