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FAQ: Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor Technology

At Crate This one of the many ways we help clients protect their goods is with VCI (Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor) technology. VCI allows us to ensure that packages are water and rust-resistant which is perfect for technology, electronics, or other fragile goods. At Crate This we apply VCI in 1 of 4 different ways. Depending on our client’s needs and the level of protection required we can alter how we use VCI technology. Because of that, we often get questions about VCI packaging.

What Is Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor Technology?

VCI technology includes chemical compounds that release molecules into the air. When they come in contact with metal surfaces they form an extremely thin molecular layer that seals the metal from the air. This prevents oxidation or rust on metal products. And compared to traditional vapor barrier packaging, VCI allows intricate metal surfaces to be protected because VCI works on a molecular level.

How Does VCI Packaging Work?

As mentioned above, VCI works on the molecular level. You can neither see or feel a layer of VCI coating on your machinery or electronics. However, VCI works best when the cargo is in a sealed container. This container can be anything from a bag, box, or heat shrink wrap. This allows the VCI layer to stay intact and protect the machinery until it is unpacked.

How Is VCI Packaging Applied?

At Crate This we apply VCI technology in one of four ways. Depending on the needs we can either package products in VCI coated paper, a VCI coated bag that is packaged with shrink wrap, a VCI foil bag, or heat shrink VCI film around your product. Heat shrinking provides the highest level of protection whereas simply using just VCI coated paper provides less overall protection.

What VCI Application is Best For Me?

Like with most things, the more protective VCI applications tend to use more materials and therefore are more expensive. A custom packaging company can recommend a VCI application that works for your budget, your goods, and your shipping method. For instance, if you are shipping something a short distance domestically it might not require the same level of protection as an international shipment traveling by sea.

Contact Crate This

Not only does Crate This in Holbrook, Massachusetts give companies advice on what type of packaging will work best for them, we also can do expediated on-site VCI application. We will come to your warehouse or industrial location and apply VCI to make sure your goods are protected against rust damage. Give us a call at (781)552-4551 or send us a message through our online contact form to learn more.

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