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The Big Three: Mechanical, Electronics & Optics

Posted by Greg Spitz on Feb 25, 2016 10:43:00 AM

In professional basketball there is an adage that two great players are good to have on a team but a “big three” is needed to win championships. That notion has been supported in the past and with current day teams.

To continue the analogy, I think of the “Big Three” in manufacturing as being mechanical, electronics, and optics, all functioning efficiently together for the final product to work as designed. Point of purchase equipment, bank machines, scanning equipment, inspection equipment, and robotics are all tools and equipment containing the “Big Three”.

Each of the “Big Three” must function properly but, coming from a packaging point of view, they are different in their protection needs. Many distinct materials make up each of the “Big Three” and if a company wishes to transport and/or store this type of equipment to other climates around the planet, great care must be given when choosing packaging materials.

Many distinct materials make up each of the “Big Three” and if a company wishes to transport and/or store this type of equipment, great care must be given when choosing packaging materials.

For instance, packaging that contains volatiles either for corrosion protection or electrostatic discharge protection, should not be used with optics. As stated in a Bell Labs Technical Journal article on the subject, "The volatile organics can degrade performance of optical components from deposition of the organics on their lenses and fiber mating faces. The deposited organic compounds can also interfere with optical device transmission, which prohibits the use of these materials with optical components." For that matter, electronics, and some non-ferrous metals cause concerns with reacting to certain volatiles. That information can be easily ascertained by reading the US Mil Spec Mil-I-8574E “Utilization of Inhibitors, Corrosion, Volatile”, which also cautions for use of volatile packaging with rubbers (gaskets), painted surfaces, and lubricants. Have you considered all the potential problems, such as the changing coefficient of friction on materials which render them more apt to collect dust? That is certainly problematic for electronics.

A common misuse of materials in an export packaging program is the “throw more at it" process; more desiccants, more volatiles, more layers of packaging films, and/or placing contrary types of packaging into the mix, such as an absorbent with a volatile. Desiccants do not distinguish between moisture vapor inside (the goal with their placement inside a vacuumed pack), and unintentional drying out of a mechanical lubricant. Also, with the “throw more at it” plan, desiccant overuse may pull outside air through the inevitable cracks, pinholes, even folds of a foil packaging barrier and that air may be filled with gases, dirt, and grime which may contaminate your carefully engineered and manufactured equipment. If you don’t have a perfect vacuum, then outside air can come in; nature fights with vacuums. Also disposing of multiple materials may be a costly and logistical mess.

Using recyclable Intercept plastics will properly protect your “Big Three” to ship and/or store anywhere for any amount of time you need. With a minimal amount of desiccant added, an Intercept package can achieve a controlled micro-environment around your equipment of balanced humidity, corrosion-free, ESD protection, mold and mildew protection, even a barrier to insects. Easy to install, inexpensive to use, complete protection free of problems. Intercept; Optimal, Versatile, And Safe.

Contact Liberty Packaging for your corrosion and ESD packaging needs.

Find out more about Corrosion Intercept here.  And Static Intercept here.

More about corrosion in this video:

And about Intercept Technology™ in this one:

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Intercept Technology Packaging products fit within a sustainability strategy because they are reusable, recyclable, do not contain or use volatile components (No VOCs, Not a VCI) and leave a smaller carbon footprint than most traditional protective packaging products.  

Topics: electronics packaging

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