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Electronics Corrosion

Intercept Packaging can prevent corrosion in electronics

To be clear, the difference between electronics and other electrical systems is that electronics include active components to control the flow of electricity, whereas non-electronic electrical systems use mechanical switches or relays.  The development of the vacuum tube (the first active component invented) allowed for the creation of far more complex systems than was possible with prior technology.  Then solid-state transistors allowed electronics to shrink to sizes unthinkable before. Certainly at this point it is trivial to say that electronics are ubiquitous in society today and will only continue to become more so in the coming years, all the way up to the singularity, at which point we will become our own technology.  As electronics have developed through the years, they have been given increasingly more important tasks.  From air traffic control to car computers to medical equipment to missile defense, systems which include electronics control and protect our lives everyday.  Thus it is essential that we know how to maintain them, for which we must also know how they degrade.

Aluminum Does Rust, Just Not the Way You're Thinking

Aluminum bodied Austin A40 Roadster circa 1951.  Image care of Charles01 via Wikipedia

To begin, it must be said that while the term "rust" is defined as iron oxide and therefore rusting is something that can only happen to iron and iron alloys, asking whether or not aluminum "rusts" gets to an important question. Really the question is about corrosion but because aluminum is an element and not an alloy of iron, the question is more properly posed as "Does aluminum corrode?"  Let's find out.

Chlorine, Pitting Corrosion and Intercept

chlorine in elemental form as a green gas

Chlorine is one of the most common elements found on Earth's crust.  The name comes from the Greek word for light green, which is how the gas appears in elemental form.  It has 17 protons and two stable isotopes giving it a standard atomic weight of 35.45, which makes chlorine the second lightest halogen.  It also has the highest electron affinity of any element making it a very strong oxidizer.  This means that chlorine will readily steal electrons from other elements.  In fact the vast majority of chlorine found on Earth is in the form of the chloride anion (a chlorine atom which has already stolen an extra electron), which will form ionic compounds with many cations (like metals).  It is in this form that humans are most familiar with chlorine, as in ionic compound sodium chloride, which we know of as table salt.  The chloride ion is important to many chemical and industrial processes including the making of usable chlorine and sodium hydroxide, and desalination and testing of potable water.

Boston Time Capsule Contents Exhibit - MFA

Sam Adams silver plate Reuters photo

We continue our coverage of the Boston Time Capsule with updates from our recent visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, exhibit showing what was discovered inside the second Capsule recovered. The interest in this Time Capsule has been highly documented by many world news organizations because two well-known American patriots, Paul Revere and Sam Adams, were involved.

Liberty Packaging at EASTEC 2015 - Get your free pass!

Eastec 2013 resized 600Liberty Packaging is pleased to announce we’ll once again participate as an exhibitor at EASTEC, New England’s premier manufacturing expo, May 12-14, 2015, at the site of the Big E in Springfield, MA.

We’ll join almost 500 other exhibitors in an effort to connect you with resources that can solve your company’s most pressing problems, improve productivity and increase profits. We’ll be presenting the advantages of our favorite packaging material, the Bell-Labs invention, Intercept Technology Packaging, and we’ll talk about Liberty Shrink Film, too. You’re invited to visit us at Booth 3227 to chat about any challenges you may have that could be solved by a premeir packaging material like Intercept - you'd be surprised! Intercept Technology Packaging: optimal, versatile, safe.

Offering complimentary conference sessions, industry keynotes, and much more, EASTEC is an event dedicated to keeping United States manufacturers competitive. It’s where manufacturing ideas, processes and products are discussed. EASTEC brings human ingenuity and manufacturing brilliance together. Make sure it’s part of your strategy and reserve the dates on your calendar! Click here for a free pass to EASTEC.

Intercept Packaging Protects Against Cad Bloom

Cad bloom showing on tube joints

Cadmium, a naturally-occurring element, is one of several metallic coating materials which are electrochemically active and, therefore, used as sacrificial coatings to prevent corrosion. Typically they are applied to iron, steel, zinc, aluminum, and titanium alloys, as well.

Intercept Portable Hangers – Packaging Planes

i Intercept Shrink Helicopter wrap many

All metals, rubber, paints, leather, and lesser plastics will corrode, especially in harsh environments, close to the ocean or in polluted climates, which are becoming more commonplace with many relatively-new industrialized nations spewing corrosive gases into the borderless atmosphere.

Bell Labs Honored by IEEE

From left to right: 2014 IEEE North Jersey Section chair Russell Pepe, 2013 IEEE president Peter Staecker, president of Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Marcus Weldon, 2007 IEEE president Lewis Terman, and 2015 IEEE North Jersey Section chair Adriann Wijngaarden.

For the first time in the nearly forty year history of the IEEE Milestones program, the group gave four awards in one day to the same company. That company is of course Bell Labs, currently a subsidiary of Alcatel Lucent. President of Bell Labs Marcus Weldon (center of photo) was there to receive the four awards for communications theory and networks, wireless and satellite communications, digital signal processing and computing, and solid-state and optical devices.

1795 Boston Time Capsule Opened

1795 Time Capsule Box resting on Corrosion Intercept

220 years ago, founding-fathers and revolutionaries Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and  William Scollay placed a time capsule beneath a cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House. In December of 2014, water marks found near the cornerstone earlier in the year were examined, the result of which accidentally revealed the centuries-old box hidden in plaster. It took the Museum of Fine Art's Pam Hatchfield seven hours to free the delicate piece of history from its hiding place. The capsule then required another four hours to open the lid.  But once the MFA's head of objects conservation, Hatchfield, saw what was contained, she knew that those painstaking hours were worth it.

Packaging the Remarkable List - 2014

Rosetta Mission Philae Touchdown 2014

The end of the year is always marked by all sorts of lists and countdowns. I enjoy the symbolism of ending one chapter and beginning of another, and there is no more natural time than now to do this.

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