4 Simple Steps to Stop and Prevent Corrosion

Corrosion, rust, oxidation, degeneration.  No matter how you say it, one thing is certain, it’s costing you money.  Quite possibly even more than you’re aware of.  The annual cost of corrosion in the production and manufacturing industry is estimated at a staggering $17.6 billion each year according to the study, “Corrosion Costs and Preventive Strategies in the United States.”  That’s just a fraction of the estimated $276 billion lost due to corrosion in the United States.  Even more alarming, the estimated indirect costs of corrosion is equal to the direct cost.  So, what steps do you need to take to ensure your products are being adequately protected from corrosion?

4 Simple Steps to Stop and Prevent Corrosion

1)  Educate Yourself  – What Exactly is VCI?

First and foremost, it’s important to understand what VCI are and how they work.  The term “VCI” stands for Volatile Corrosion Inhibitors.  Volatile Corrosion Inhibitors (VCI) are a type of corrosion inhibitors that are used to protect ferrous and nonferrous metals against corrosion, also known as rust.   Corrosion inhibitors compounds vaporize from the paper or film.  They are attracted to the charged surface of the metal due to polar orientation.

 

 

As seen in the images above, the VCI molecules align on the surface which creates a barrier that prevents oxidation.  Simply put, corrosion is stopped.  The molecules continue to build up on to the barrier surface until a continuous barrier has formed on the metal surface.

2)  So Many Choices…

It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed when you start looking at the different options available to prevent corrosion.  Paper, film, bags, and more…Oh, my!  Once you understand what choices are available to you, and what benefits each provides, the next step will be a piece of cake.  Our vendor partners at Daubert Cromwell, offer a large selection for all your VCI needs.

  • VCI Paper: Easy to use, scratch and abrasion resistant, high heat resistance and set up VCI protection quickly.   VCI Paper can also easily be converted into sheets, bags, and wraps for individual parts, to name a few.
  • VCI Films/Bags: Heat sealable, durable and stretchable, economical, high water resistance, and can be applied automatically and removed quickly.  VCI Films and Bags are easily customizable to meet all your needs.

Why Must There Be So Many Choices

  • VCI Liquids: Ideal for use to prevent rust on exposed metals and unpainted metals at all stages of their lifecycle, for lay-up and preservation of engines.
  • VCI Devices: Devices give off, or emit VCI compounds and protect recessed areas within a package.  They are ideal for hard to reach areas and enhance protection by giving a ‘boost’ of available VCI.
  • Rust Remover: Used when it’s necessary to remove rust from metal before packing, storing or shipment.  Daubert Cromwell offers a liquid and gel form of rust removers.

3)  Selecting the Right VCI

When selecting the right VCI for your application, it’s crucial to know that the VCI protection is a function of what metals are in need of protection, corrosion inhibiting chemicals used, and the ratio of chemicals in the formulation just to name a few.  It’s important to note that VCI formulations that work under one set of conditions may not work under another.   All aspects of the process, metals composition, packaging, storage and shipping conditions should be considered in order to select the right packaging media and VCI formulation.

 

With the help of your R.V. Evans Packaging Solutions Specialists, and a Site Needs Analysis, we can assist you with selecting the appropriate VCI product by taking the following into consideration:

  • Type of metals in need of protection
  • Duration of protection required
  • Domestic or export shipping
  • Climate conditions
  • Size and weight of product
  • Value of product
  • Current packaging requirements
    • Handling
    • Automatic or manual
  • Chemical or oil residue on the metal
  • Processing and cleaning methods
  • Packing station location relative to other processes

4) A Few Final Thoughts

You’ve gone through the motions of learning what VCI are, the types of VCI and how to select it.  So, it only seems fitting you know how to properly use it.  First and most important:  Employees that are packaging your products should ALWAYS wear gloves while handling metal parts.  

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  • Parts should be clean and free of fingerprints before wrapping.
  • Package your clean products as quickly as possible.
  • The metal part should be no more than 12″ from the VCI product.  The closer to the metal, the better the corrosion protection.
  • As a general rule, use 1 sq. ft. of VCI for every 1-3 sq. ft. of the metal surface.  Use at least 1 sq. ft. of VCI for every cubic foot of void space.
  • The duration of protection depends on the VCI paper and packing method used.
  • Packages may be opened and resealed without affecting the corrosion protection. (Avoid touching metals during an inspection.)
  • Do not inventory more than a six month supply of VCI paper or film.

Feeling Prepared?

Whether you’re new to the world of corrosion prevention or looking to add to your current corrosion prevention application, you’re now one step closer to stopping and preventing corrosion.  Are you still uncertain about what VCI application best suits your needs?  R.V. Evans company can assist you in determining and implementing the best solution for your requirements.

If you’re interested in learning more about VCI products or any of our other Packaging Solutions, please contact us to schedule your Site Needs Analysis with one of our Packaging Solutions Specialists.  To learn more about all of our Packaging and Fastening Solutions, visit us online at www.rvevans.com.

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High-Performance CIJ Printers: A Closer Look at the Linx 8900 Series

The lineup of FoxJet Linx 8900 Series small character continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers offers manufacturers one of the smartest yet easiest to operate inkjet coding system on the market today.  Designed for minimal interventions and maximum reliability, Linx 8900 Series users enjoy up to 18,000 hours between self-service preventative maintenance intervals, up to 100 starts and stops between printhead cleanings and eight-hour advance fluid refill warnings.

In a previous post, we analyzed four different printing technologies to help you determine which works best with certain applications and which is the right one for you.  Ideal for printing on small individual products, each of the four Linx 8900 Series CIJ Printers offers something different depending on your application requirements.

Linx 8900: 3 lines of code, output measurement reporting

Linx 8910: 3 lines of code, output measurement reporting, and higher print speeds up to 1,230 fpm

Linx 8920: 5 lines of code, output measurement reporting, higher print speeds up to 1,230 fpm, advanced system monitoring, and multi-range sequential coding

Linx 8940: 5 lines of code, output measurement reporting, high-speed applications in demanding environments, advanced system monitoring, and multi-range sequential coding

Features and Benefits:

  • 10″full-color user interface
  • Automatic printhead flushing
  • Easi-Change® Service Module
  • Simple one-touch fluid cartridge refills
  • Extended shutdown of up to 3 months

Are you curious to know more?  So, was one of our current clients.  Tired of costly monthly service contract fee and unreliability from their current CIJ Printer, they invited one of our Packaging Solutions Specialists in for an on-site demo.  Read how that client, an aerosol manufacturer, switched to the Linx 8900 CIJ Printer to avoid the cost and obligation of a monthly service contract and decreased their production downtime.

DEEP DISCOUNTS EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 31, 2018

Act fast.  These savings are significant, but time is limited.  Contact us today to set up your on-site demo.

If you’re interested in learning more about the FoxJet Linx 8900 Series CIJ Printers or our other Marking, Coding, and Labeling Solutions, please contact us to schedule your Site Needs Analysis with one of our Packaging Solutions Specialists.  To learn more about all of our Packaging and Fastening Solutions, visit us online at www.rvevans.com.

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MSSC DailyJet HP1000 Hand Coder Increases Worker Productivity for Agricultural Tech Manufacturer

Pre-Solution Application

The client, a manufacturer of agricultural technology products, was preprinting labels to hand apply to corrugated cartons.  This method was time-consuming and labor intensive which required a regular inventory of labels.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the applications, an R.V. Evans Packaging Solutions Specialist determined the appropriate value-added solution.  The recommendation: The MSSC DailyJet HP1000 Hand Coder for each of their 12 workstations.

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Key Benefits of the MSSC DailyJet HP1000 Hand Coder

  • Ultra-portable and lightweight – only 1.3 pounds
  • Capable of printing anywhere and at any angle
  • Prints high-resolution characters, high-quality logos and QR codes
  • Features HP2.5 cartridge technology
  • Stores up to 10 messages with Micro SD card
  • Throw distance of up to 0.25 inches
  • Uses 4 AA rechargeable batteries
  • Built-in indicator lights alerts user when low ink and power level detected

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Measurable Savings Realized

This handheld printing solution has enabled the client to eliminate the use of preprinted labels at their 12 workstations which resulted in increased work productivity.  They also experienced savings in labor, materials and material handling.

To see the MSSC DailyJet HP1000 in action, check out this video on our YouTube channel.

If you’re interested in learning more about the MSSC DailyJet HP1000 or our other Marking, Coding, and Labeling Solutions, please contact us to schedule your Site Needs Analysis with one of our Packaging Solutions Specialists.  To learn more about all of our Packaging and Fastening Solutions, visit us online at www.rvevans.com.

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Pregis IntelliPack SmartBAGGER® Foam-In-Bag System Prevents Damages During Shipment

Pre-Solution Application

The client, a manufacturer of power transmission equipment industry, was packaging their product on a corrugated sheet contained in shrink film before placing them into a corrugated carton.  This resulted in a high rate of returns dues to damages received during shipment and a decline in customer satisfaction.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.V. Evans Packaging Solutions Specialist determined the appropriate value added solutions.  The recommendation: The Pregis IntelliPack SmartBAGGER® Foam-In-Bag System

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Key Benefits of the Pregis IntelliPack SmargBAGGER® Foam-In-Bag System

  • Cellular Telemetry
    • Remotely monitor and adjust system performance through proprietary PX3 system
    • Proactive preventative maintenance program minimizes downtime, supports optimal productivity
  • Bar-Coding
    • Machine dispenses the precise amount of liquid foam and film
    • Ensures consistent package protection every time
  • Equipment Design
    • Ergonomic design
    • User-friendly, intuitive control panel

Measurable Savings Realized

With the installation of the Pregis IntelliPack SmartBAGGER® Foam-In-Bag System, our client was able to significantly reduce the amount of damages during shipment and has seen their customer satisfaction increase.  The Foam-In-Bag system also provides a reusable packaging system for the customers to return any product in need of warranty repairs.

To see the Pregis IntelliPack SmartBAGGER® Foam-In-Bag System in action, check out this video.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the Pregis IntelliPack SmartBAGGER® Foam-In-Bag System, please visit our website at www.rvevans.com.  If you would like to set up an on-site review of your current packaging processes, R.V. Evans can help.  Schedule a Site Needs Analysis by contacting us today.

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The Linx 8900 Continuous InkJet Printer Provides Consistent Print with Minimal Effort to Aerosol Manufacturer

Pre-Solution Application

The client, an aerosol and liquid filling manufacturer, had several other models of continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers that were consistently unreliable.  These CIJ units caused significant downtime resulting in lost production time.  Along with the costs of repairs to units that were down, they were also required to pay a monthly service contract fee for an outside service tech to perform preventative maintenance on each unit.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.V. Evans Packaging Solution Specialist determined the appropriate value added solutions.  The recommendation: The FoxJet Linx 8900 Continuous Inkjet Printer.

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Key Benefits of the Link 8900 Continuous Inkjet Printer

  • Automatic printhead flushing allows up to 100 starts and stops before recommended cleanings
  • Easi-Change® Service Module provides up to 13,000-18,000 hours of operation between service interventions
  • Simple one-touch fluid cartridge refills during printing allows for no mess, no tools and no mistakes
  • Extended shutdown – up to 3 months without printer flushing or draining between uses
  • 10″full-color user interface saves time while creating and editing messages with prompted fields for fast editing and easy message creation
  • Four models available to meet your unique high-speed continuous inkjet needs

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Measurable Savings Realized

By implementing the Linx 8900 Continuous Inkjet Printers onto their production lines, our client has eliminated the cost and obligation of a monthly service contract by being able to perform their own Preventative Maintenance with the Easi-Change® Service Module.  Production downtime has also been decreased due to the reliability of many of the superior features of the Linx 8900.  Such as the automatic flushing, automatic fluid checking and sealed, industrial printhead.

To see the Linx 8900 CIJ Printer in action check out this video.  If you’re not certain if the Linx 8900 CIJ Printer is the correct printer for you, learn what printing technology is right for you by reading this past blog post by our Marking & Coding Product Manager, Craig Fox.

If you are interested in learning more about the Linx 8900 Continuous Inkjet Printer or other packaging solutions, please visit our website at www.rvevans.com.  If you would like to set up an on-site review of your current packaging processes, R.V. Evans can help.  Schedule a Site Needs Analysis by contacting us today.

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AirPouch® FastWrap™ Provides Product Protection & Saves Space for E-Commerce Retailer

Pre-Solution Application

The client, a farm supply store with multiple retail locations, was preparing to launch their E-Commerce business and required a protective packaging solution for shipping their products.  They required a product that would protect, take up minimal storage space and a system that was easy to operate.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.V. Evans Packaging Solution Specialist determined the appropriate value added solutions.  The recommendation: The AirPouch® FastWrap™ Bubble-On-Demand from Automated Packaging Systems.

 

Key Benefits of AirPouch® FastWrap™ Bubble-On-Demand

  • Flexible: One System produces bubbles and tubes on-demand for wrapping, interleaving and block-and-brace applications
  • Fast, All-Electric System: Tabletop, all-electric system operates at 65 feet per minute and does not require compressed air to operate
  • Reduce Costs: Better air retention and improved yield cost per cubic foot
  • Low Maintenance: Reliable equipment designed for easy maintenance and serviceability
  • Reduce Storage Space: High-yield, boxed material reduces storage and transport requirements of paper, foam and pre-filled bubble materials
  • Easy to Use: Operator friendly controls are regulated through intelligent design, managing heat, air and speed for consistent fill level and seal quality
  • Eliminate Waste: Inflates and seals the protective wrap and tube material from start to stop, eliminating waste

Measurable Savings Realized

With the implementation of the AirPouch® FastWrap™ system, our client was able to ensure that orders would be properly protected and arrive without damages.  With the addition of overhead hoppers, we have been able to streamline their pack stations and free up valuable square footage in their warehouse facility.

If you are interested in learning more about the AirPouch® FastWrap™ system or other packaging solutions, please visit our website at www.rvevans.com.  If you would like to set up an on-site review of your current packaging processes, R.V. Evans can help.  Schedule a Site Needs Analysis by contacting us today.

Connect with R.V. Evans Company for new packaging and fastening updates, tips, application solutions and more!

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Save Thousands by Down-Gauging Your Stretch Film

Stretch film costs are rising and companies are struggling find ways to cost-effectively wrap their loads. Certainly, wrapping and protecting your loads is still necessary. So how can you reduce your costs when stretch film just keeps getting more expensive? The answer: down-gauging!

What is down-gauging?

Down-gauging is the process in which a stretch film is replaced with a lower gauge (thickness) stretch film. This provides users with the ability to use less stretch film (by weight) to wrap a typical pallet of goods. Sound simple enough? Not so fast. There are some things to consider before deciding to down-gauge. Just follow the five steps!

5 Steps to Stretch Film Savings

Step 1: Define your current costs

  • How many loads do you currently wrap per shift, day, year, etc.?
  • How much film is applied to each load?
  • How many rolls do you buy per year?
  • How much does a roll weigh?
  • How much does this all cost? (Consider your current price per roll, ordering and holding costs, etc)

Step 2: Consider the load itself

  • What exactly are you wrapping?
  • Is it an A, B, or C load? (Not sure? Click here.)
  • What’s the current wrap pattern like? Why?

Step 3: Contact the R.V. Evans team!

  • There are several ways you can do this! Whichever works best for you.
    • Call us at 800-252-5894
    • Click here to request information about stretch film savings
    • Visit www.rvevans.com
    • Email us by clicking here

Step 4: Calculate your projected savings

  • The R.V. Evans team does this for you with our down-gauging ROI calculator!
  • Enjoy a crisp, clear side-by-side analysis

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*Certain information has been omitted or changed to protect customer’s pricing.

 

Step 5: Save money

  • Make the decision to save money on stretch film!

 

Does this seem overwhelming? NO NEED TO WORRY! R.V. Evans is always here for you. You know your business; we know stretch film. We can help you answer all of these questions and help you save money. You can absolutely skip straight to Step 3 and contact us for help :).

 

Additional Ways to Reduce Stretch Film Costs

Additionally, when it’s time to replace, add, or upgrade stretch wrapping machines, consider working with the R.V. Evans team to boost savings even higher. Read this article for an overview of what to consider when selecting a new stretch wrapper that best fits your needs. Again, just see Step 3 and contact us!

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