In the packaging industry, as in any industry, it is sometimes necessary to perform tests of the validity of the product options. For packaging, the ideal tests would come from real world situations and many tests do. Of course, that is not always possible, which is why throughout the years, many standard tests have been developed and some have even been refined (which requires testing tests). ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials), ISO, militaries and other organizations keep track of these standard tests and suggest the standard approach for performing them. Many testing companies also add on to these standards or adjust them slightly for their own testing purposes.
Posted by Elaine Spitz on Nov 3, 2014 1:40:00 PM
The objects inside the 1901 time capsule found in a wooden lion sculpture at the historic state house in Boston were finally examined after having been brought to a climate-controlled room. Members of the Bostonian Historical Society were on hand to inspect the contents with the delicacy, scrutiny and context only historians can provide. Brian LeMay, President of the BHS, told NPR’s Audie Cornish, “The striking thing about the contents is how good condition they seem to be. So the stuff inside of it seems to be brand-new. It's as if it was put in there yesterday and has somehow reached us from a century ago in exactly the same condition that it is now."
Posted by Elaine Spitz on May 6, 2014 8:52:00 PM
We've had the good fortune to meet many engineers, managers, and business owners in all types of businesses, who are also musicians. I'm pleased to share my favorite Intercept Technology Packaging success story with this intriguing short video presented by Greg Spitz. If you're a musician, know anyone who is, or you just love music, you'll want to watch.... stringed instruments players, you may recognize the copper-colored bag shown in this video.
Corrosion can be explained as a natural phenomenon, however, we still need to understand how best to keep products, machinery, electronics, parts small and large, safe from corrosion, rust and degradation. This quick video is rich with information:
Posted by Elaine Spitz on Aug 23, 2013 4:58:00 PM
There was a sharp explosive popping sound, then all the food and dishes caved through the outdoor table crashing onto the deck proceeded by the shattered glass. After a loud collective gasp, it took a moment for everyone to digest what had just happened. We all checked each other to verify that no one was hurt, and then preceded to the messy cleanup.
Posted by Elaine Spitz on Aug 9, 2012 10:10:00 AM
New Product Release
Introducing Intercept Industrial Slide Zipper Pouch for Corrosion Protection
Convenience in barrier packaging is uncomplicated with the new Intercept Industrial Slide Zipper Pouches. Designed to handle the harsh salt-air conditions for parts storage on oil derricks, this heavy duty barrier Intercept protection can protect materials such as all metals, electronics, fabrics, rubbers, and even other plastics, from degradation due to the corrosive air.
As we approach the warmer, moister summer months, when corrosion is more prevalent, let’s address this simple question: “what is corrosion?” I spent an evening browsing the web for corrosion definitions, some were specific, some in the middle with regard to complexity, and some broader and more profound. Here are two of my favorites:
Posted by Elaine Spitz on Mar 28, 2012 11:30:00 AM
Today's post is by guest writer Albert Greenhut of Engineered Materials, Inc..
There is field testing and then there are tests in the field.
At the Intercept Technology Group, we have run all our products through the gamut of industry-recognized tests. Our materials have performed well in these tests, but as a consumer I always keep a wary eye on the fine print, as all wise consumers should. Being familiar with these tests I can say that they are tough, but nothing compares to the real life tests.
We got a call from a guitar player in Thailand, telling us about a set of circumstances that wound up being an extreme field test for Intercept Technology packaging.
We talk about corrosion every day in our business. Corrosion costs the United States over $276 billion per year, according to this vivid video depiction by NACE International produced for the PBS series "Spotlight On..."
Liberty Packaging’s Recommended 6 Steps to Placement of Rust Inhibition Program
1. Know that nature is fluid: Where man’s understanding is derived from categorizing, nature is fluid and sometimes unpredictable. The atmosphere is ever changing. Sure, in general, there are corrosive areas where it becomes more difficult for companies to ship and store, but that cannot always be predicted.
Dramatic events such as:
volcanos, tsunamis, earthquakes, wind storms, and hurricanes
along with the understated variations such as:
temperature changes, humidity, dew point changes, seasonal vegetation decay
and man’s contributions to the atmospheric change with:
emission releases and landfill placements
All can increase the amount of dust, soot, and corrosive gases in the atmosphere ready to rust your hard earned products. For this reason unanticipated problems may occur in areas where your company may have shipped previously without problems. If your product has value to you and your customer, prepare for the worst.