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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Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive® System Reduces Operator Fatigue and Increases Efficiency

Pre-Solution Application

The client, a manufacturer of electrical component enclosures, was constructing pallets for shipment of their products utilizing bulk screws and a battery-operated impact drill.  This method was extremely time consuming and labor intensive causing worker fatigue due to poor ergonomics.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solutions

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.V. Evans Fastening Solutions Specialist determined the appropriate value added solutions.  The recommendation: The Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive® PRO300S.

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Key Benefits of the Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive® PRO300S

  • Expanded depth settings for high-density flooring materials
  • Reversible and replaceable non-skid teeth
  • Uniform toenailing and countersink on slick surfaces
  • Sure-grip guide tube increases stability for a broad range of screws
  • Decking nose clip positions the screw on the deck board and centers it on the joint for an easy, uniform installation from a standing position
  • The patented curved collation strips hold the screws up and away from the work surface, making moving and positioning the tools easier.  They are also pointed on the inserted end to simplify loading
  • Limited lifetime warranty on attachment and extensions, 1-year limited warranty on screw-driver motors

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Measurable Savings Realized

The Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive® system has enabled the client to provide their employees with a system that greatly reduced the operator fatigue by providing improved ergonomics.  The efficiency of the system has allowed them to construct pallets to ensure they keep up with production requirements.  in addition, they eliminated the expense associated with purchasing new batteries for the battery-operated impact drill that frequently caused downtime while the batteries recharged, resulting in the inability to meet production requirements.

To see the Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive® System in action, check out this video on our YouTube channel.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Quik Drive® System and which setup would best suit your needs, please contact us to schedule your Site Needs Analysis with one of our Fastening Solutions Specialists.  To learn more about our Fastening and Packaging 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 Answer to Adjacent-Panel Labeling

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There are 2 main styles of labeling adjacent carton panels, and each has their advantages and disadvantages. Wrap-Around Side Apply (WASA) and Front Apply Side Apply (FASA) labeling are the two main ways to meet this requirement.

Wrap-around is just as it sounds. One long wrap-around label (i.e. 4” x 13”) is typically applied by starting on the front panel and wrapping around to the side of the package. It can also be started on a side panel and wrapped to the rear. The wrap-around label guarantees that the serial numbers would be the same on both panels, but it does waste a portion of label (typically an inch) for the corner. It would also be helpful when the two panels need to be different because the one long label can be designed to meet both panel requirements.

FASA labels use a standard label (i.e. 6” x 4”) and apply two separate labels to the box. FASA offers a higher case per minute rate compared to wrap-around labeling since applier does not need to maintain contact with the case through the applying process. This method does not waste label space, and uses less material because it is two separate labels. Greater care does need to be taken when serialization is involved to make sure the label “set” is applied to the same case.

The pricing for both of these labeling methods is based on volume – the more you need the cheaper the price. However, a rough estimate puts wrap around labels at about $26.00 for 1,000 labels and the FASA labels at about $14.50 for 1,000 labels. These labels would also go on applicators and they would be on a 13” outside diameter roll versus a typical 8” outside diameter roll.

Figuring out which type of label would work best for your business can be tricky, but the professionals at R.V. Evans Company can help you find a solution. If you are looking for some assistance with choosing the right labeling method contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and labeling recommendation or visit us at http://www.rvevans.com/

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Hytrol Conveyor Solution Keeps Electric Load Center Manufacturer’s Pallets Moving

Pre-Solution Application

The clients newest Orion overhead stretch wrapper has 14 feet of gravity exit conveyor at the end of the wrapping station.

The problem:  Pallets have been hanging up in this area and not transferring to the end of the exit conveyor where fork truck drivers can pick them up.  Consequently, the Fork truck drivers have to get off the truck to manually push pallets to the end of the conveyor line.  These double stacked pallets can be more than 100″ tall and weigh 3,000 to 4,000 lbs.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, R.V. Evans’ team of sales and service specialists determined the appropriate value added solution.  The recommendation: Replace the existing gravity exit conveyor with 14 feet of Hytrol 25-LREZ powered conveyor with EZ Logic Zone Controllers and bottom belt drive.  Complete removal service of the old gravity conveyor and installation of the new Hytrol 25-LREZ powered conveyor was provided by the R.V. Evans’ service team.

Key Benefits of the Hytrol 25-LREZ Heavy Duty Accumulating Conveyor

Reduced labor and reduced worker fatigue; belt driven live roller conveyor designed for use where zero pressure accumulation and low elevation (12″) and close roller centers are required.

Measurable Savings Realized

According to our Client’s Management team, this solution will save them thousands each month in addition to the considerable benefit of increased safety due to some pallets being double stacked two pallets high.

Connect with R.V. Evans Company for new packaging and fastening system updates, tips, and application solutions.  Visit our website for additional conveyor options and solutions that may benefit your company.

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