Composite materials, precision tools, machines and components are vulnerable when stored or transported, not just from packing damage, but also the climate. Any rise or fall in temperature or change in atmospheric conditions is likely to cause problems. Condensation, moisture or vapor ingress and temperature variations are likely to cause deterioration of the contents.
How Damage Occurs
Dry goods, composite and equipment industries also face losses from incorrect packaging choices. Dry goods may deteriorate in quality through moisture or vapor ingress and machinery, or components subject to climate variation may begin to erode or be damaged by thermal degradation. Storage or transportation protection from gasses, moisture vapor, UV light, or odor transfer gained by choosing the correct packaging removes much of these issues. Pre-pregnated composites may start the curing process. Even oxygen can cause problems if it can penetrate packing materials. Packaging that protects the contents from external factors and handlers being compromised by contents is available in the many barrier foil packaging solutions.
Safe Storage and Travel Solutions
The biggest issue for many businesses is finding suitable packaging for their products. Many business seek out packaging that will enable products to be stored and arrive safely at their destination, whether by air, sea, or road, whatever it may encounter. While in climate-controlled warehousing, this is costly but achievable, but what about when it is time to move items or climate control fails? Packaging that gives total climatic protection to dry products or sensitive equipment no matter how long they are stored or transported must make business and economic sense.
Barrier foil packaging such as laminates do not require the same level of expensive modified warehousing to get the job done. There is no longer a need for companies to worry about the vagaries of shipping even when the goods may spend many weeks in a container at sea!
What is Barrier Foil Packaging?
Barrier foil packaging is a solution that protects composites and other materials and equipment from the major causes of damage. With the lowest transmission rates compared to other flexible packaging materials, barrier foil pouches lay flat tubing and gusseted tubing offer businesses the perfect solution to saving the package contents from the outside atmosphere. Aluminium lined barrier foil laminates have thermal properties that will keep composites cool during storage or transport. This can help in reducing the need for climate-controlled warehousing or specialised transportation.
The flexible nature of and custom size and style allows for economic material use and simple heat-sealing. Custom packaging solutions such as those available from reportable suppliers come in various shapes and sizes so that every business can choose a single storage and transport solution. As well as Mil-PRF-131K Class 1 Barrier foils listed as a qualified product by the Naval lab, lay flat or gusseted tubing on a roll or pouches, sacks and bags offer flexibility for packing individual pieces efficiently.
Barrier Foil Packaging Saves Time and Money
Climatic aluminium packaging is recognised as the highest barrier protection to retain product integrity to withstand even lengthy storage or transportation by any means. Aluminium barrier foil packaging is a flexible liner strong enough to allow a downgrade from the rigid expensive metal outer packaging that has been required to prevent package damage to corrugate or fibreboard, again reducing operator cost.
Customised packaging choices for corrosion prevention and dry product protection can be supplied quickly, in bespoke quantities, which use reduced calculable desiccant levels to keep relative humidity below safe levels to prevent deterioration of sensitive contents. Heat sealing can be a one-person operation through carefully sized packaging choices, saving labor costs in handling. Compared to polyethylene packaging, barrier foil packaging is 80 times more effective at reducing water, vapor and aggressive gas penetration. A 25um layer of aluminium can further improve this. This exceptional protection reduces otherwise inevitable product loss. Companies can store and transport over extended periods without worry.