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Boston's Time Capsule - Packaged for in Copper for Preservation

 
Mystery of Boston Time Capsule from 1901

We can read history books and watch documentaries to help us understand our heritage, but every now and then something turns up which helps us comprehend what was important to a past culture. A 113-year-old time capsule was recently discovered in an outdoor statue on the property of Boston’s Old State House. People watching this story are anxious to know what is in the time capsule, so as to understand what was important to the Boston community in 1901. Personally, I want to know how well kept these time capsule contents appear. The articles were placed in a sealed copper box which was then stored inside the lion’s head statue displayed outdoors in an atmospheric climate with four distinct seasons and located on a turbulent ocean.  I see this as a magnificent study in copper as a packaging protector.

The ceremonial opening of the copper box showed a red covered book with paper wrapped items tucked around the book’s perimeter.  Of course, we cannot know what the articles looked like going into the box and statue. Now the book looks clean without any staining, no discoloration, in fact it looked to have had crisp coloring. Considering we can see in the photograph, the book appears to be in pristine condition. The paper surrounding the book looked off-white, which would have been the color of wood fiber papers of the era, and that looked to be in fine condition.  I specifically studied the photograph for mold and mildew on the papers and could see no evidence.

The Boston Historical Society did not open the items inside, and will not until they can bring the box to their climate controlled labs. To conclude this study, we will have to wait to learn of the condition of any metal items inside.

The coloration of the opened copper box itself was copper colored on the inside and black on the outside. That is the copper process when exposed to atmospheric gases. Copper reacts with corrosive gases, (sulfurs and chlorine) causing the copper color to turn dark brown, then black, then the green patinas will grow (copper oxide). On first analysis, it appears to be that copper was the proper choice of materials to package this time capsule.  The black indicates a sacrificial reaction with the atmospheric gases that would have attacked and damaged the items instead. Because copper is an anti-microbial, there was no indication of mold or mildew. Copper is an amazing metal; truly a gift to mankind.

You might wish; “If only there were an economically sound packaging material that could use the same concepts to protect American manufactured products shipped and stored all across the globe.” There is, and it is called Intercept Technology plastic packaging, which uses highly reactive copper particles bonded within flexible plastics to protect products. Intercept works just like the copper box time capsule.









For Optimal Efficiency - Automobiles and Packaging

 
Driverless Lexus

I recently have been spending a lot of time thinking about the future of cars. The advances in electric and driverless cars have really stolen the show. All of this was brought about recently when I was hit by, non-driverless cars (ie. cars with drivers), I was actually hit twice, once on a bike and the other while stopped at a red light. Both were accidents, but both got me thinking that we sacrifice countless efficiencies when humans are in control of cars. The first one that comes to mind is fuel (and energy) efficiency. If we use computers to drive cars they can more effectively and more quickly communicate with other cars thus reducing time wasted at stoplights or waiting while another driver considers what he or she is going to do. A perfect world could look something like this. 

Packaging the Sizzle

 
InterceptTapeDiptych

Introducing Intercept Technology “corrosion protection” message yellow tape. The purpose of this tape is to be wrapped around the finished Intercept package informing anyone who sees it that the product inside is protected from corrosion. The message is printed on the sturdy, high tack, high visibility yellow plastic tape which has the Intercept Technology logo printed on it followed by a message in 6 different languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. The message reads: “Attention - Intercept corrosion protection packaging. These goods have been protected against corrosion using a protective packaging method. In order to not have any corrosion damage to the goods, the packaging must be sealed immediately again after opening.”

Changing Perspectives in Space (and Elsewhere) - Intercept

 
Space Bonsai Exobiotanica

Exobiotanica is, from what I can tell, a project that sends various plants to 30,000 meters, or nearly 100,000, feet from the earth’s surface. Though I think the theory behind this project might be a bit avant-garde for my tastes, the end result of a photograph like this is nothing short of miraculous. An outer space setting, seemingly on the edge of our atmosphere, is cold and harsh. Not where I would expect to see any live entity thriving. But seeing this bonsai tree in a floating terrarium, which could just as easily be in my apartment, makes one dream of the possibilities…..

Packaging: Your Economic Moat

 
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Value Proposition: a positioning statement that explains what benefit you provide, for whom, and how you do so in a way that is unique from your competitors. It describes your target buyer, the problem you solve, and why you're distinctly better than any alternative.*

Our Neighbors, Through the Eyes of a World Soccer Fan

 
Albert World Cup 2014 Brasil

Once every few years the whole world joins together around a single event. The Olympics do it to an extent, but there’s no other event quite like the World Cup. TV statistics help us get a handle on this. In the USA an estimated 111 million people watched this year’s Super Bowl (this may be thrown off a bit by viewing parties, for both the game and commercials). The Chinese Olympics drew a total of 3.6 billion viewers. The 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa drew a total of 3.2 billion viewers, marking a 10% rise in viewership over the 2006 world cup. Brazil, at 200 million residents, is the largest country to host a World Cup, since the USA hosted in 1996. I understand that the Olympics and World Cup are both drawn- out spectacles with many individual games, but I anticipate, given the worldwide infatuation with soccer, or futbol, that this year’s final will be the most watched event in history, topping the Beijing Opening Ceremonies as listed by official ratings.

New Intercept Woven Material - Innovative Packaging

 
Intercept Woven Window

INTERCEPT WOVEN - Intercept Technology is now available in a 20 mil thick, scrim reinforced, weather resistant, woven cloth that can be stitched and sealed into reusable packages. The Intercept Woven has been great for the automobile and construction equipment industries encouraging easy reusable/returnable packaging programs. With the ability to install handy package entries, Intercept woven can be used over and over again while keeping what is inside pristine for years if need be. Handy and safe for outdoor storage.

Corrosion on Guitar Strings and How to Solve with Packaging

 
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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.

The Creative Content Guy

 
Greg ZappedPerhaps you’ve noticed the increased quality and style in Liberty Packaging’s shared content over the last year. This improvement can be attributed to our newest creative and tech staffer, Greg Spitz.  Certainly, his last two videos “Corrosion - Its Natural” and “ESD and Static - Fun With Science” are unique and engaging.  Greg took on two very complex subjects which continue to be studied in great detail by generations of scientists, engineers, and other specialists. There are associations, companies such as Liberty Packaging, seminars, white papers, trade shows and other groups specifically geared to the study and management of corrosion and ESD.  Greg stepped back to view the big picture on these issues and simplified them for two three-minute videos that just make sense. We urge you to take a look.

Along with being an excellent short-video maker and a student of physics and technology, Greg is a skilled musician who can play multiple instruments, with the guitar being his speciality. He currently sings and plays in the original progressive rock band, The Van Burens. The Van Burens have toured the United States, released two musical EPs, and can boast many fans within all age groups, especially here in the Northeast. For the Liberty videos, Greg writes the script, composes and performs the soundtrack, films and records content and edits.

Be sure to watch for new informative and entertaining video productions by Greg, coming soon.

View Corrosion - It’s Natural

View ESD and Static - Fun With Science

Find out where The Van Burens are playing: The Van Burens Shows















Intercept Packaging - Joe's Creative Uses at Home - Paint Cans

 
Gunky or usable paint

Oh, paints! One of my pet peeves as a homeowner is when it comes time to use the paints for touch-up after they’ve been stored for a time, they are a mess and unusable (see gunky rusty metal paint can at left compared to nice clean paint can after storage in Intercept packaging). The cans become rusty and cruddy, the paint inside and thick, gunky, with rust particles from the can floating through it. The issue for me then becomes the disposal of up to a half gallon of bad paint. The oil-based paints are deposited at the town’s hazardous waste drop-off, collected once a year, which is fine if I am available on that day. Latex paints are supposed to be dried out and placed in the general trash...I don’t like that. Drying out paint in the can is an unrealistic chore. Disposing of paint in the general trash pickup just doesn’t feel right.

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