When shipping manufactured items, one of the things that you have to protect against is corrosion. Typically this is done by sending the part to be dipped in oil or having some other chemical that is corrosion resistant applied to it.
These are great ways to protect your parts and equipment when shipping, putting them in storage or transporting them to a worksite. However, there are some additional steps that must be performed to the part on arrival to get it ready for use. If you are looking to eliminate the usage of oils and anti-corrosive chemicals, one alternative you might pick is barrier packaging.
What is Barrier Packaging?
Barrier packing is a material that is used in the place of oils or other anti-corrosion materials in order to protect the product. This can be shrink wrap, vacuum packaging or any other type of material that takes the place of a chemical dip. Typically this is used for larger parts that would be difficult to clean or remove the chemicals from, but it can also be used for smaller parts that are going to be crated and shipped. The material is usually a heavy plastic that is opaque to keep light out if that is desired.
Advantages of Barrier Packaging
While barrier packaging is typically used in the food industry, it has many applications in the industrial world as well. It can offer you a few advantages over using oil and chemicals.
First and probably most obvious, it removes the need to have your parts oiled and dipped during production. Many times this step occurs at several different parts of the production of a part. This will eliminate the time delay that you have by stopping manufacturing to coat or dip the part in oil or anti-corrosives.
If your parts are being used in a multi-step manufacturing process, then using barrier packaging can speed up your production time. As your parts are sent from one manufacturing site to another, they will need to be cleaned before the next step in manufacturing can continue. Using barrier packaging eliminates this step as they can be unpacked and sent right into the next part of the process. This eliminates lag and increases the speed of your overall entrance into the market.
Finally, cleaning your parts may be more cumbersome than you think. Depending on the chemical or oil that you use, there may be a multi-step process in order to fully eliminate it from your part. Sometimes you need to let the part breathe or sit for a time after a chemical neutralizer is used. This again means leaving time in your schedule for this process to occur, potentially causing delays.
While heavy-duty barrier packaging might not be for everyone, there are some who can benefit from its use, particularly in time compressed schedules. Cratex Group are your experts in industrial packaging and can help you pick what is right for you and your project’s shipping needs. Contact us today!