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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.

Packaging Delight - Santa Claus Analysis

 
Santa Claus

My yearly tradition includes reading a physics approach to examining whether Santa Clause could exist and could actually deliver presents to children. This article was published in 1990 by Spy magazine. Since then, it has become the foundation for many chat room arguments about the possibility of Santa, and has been, as I understand it, cross checked and rebutted against by many. Its numerical approach to the circumstances necessary for Santa to do his work is delightful, as is its comically abrupt ending. The physics and analysis are all in good fun and they force adults to think about things differently and put themselves, albeit briefly, back into the shoes of children, to possibly think of magic as an explanation to what they are considering.  I know it works on me.

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

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.  















Corrosion or Rust? Expert John Murphy To the Rescue

 
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When a man spends his entire career searching for the best ways to safely control quality in the industrial workplace, he earns the wisdom to be called an expert. John Murphy, Liberty Packaging’s Director of New Business, is a veritable fountain of knowledge regarding detergents, solvents, packaging materials, corrosion, quality in manufacturing and related topics.

Storage and Preservation for Coins: It Matters

 
Coin Armour Intercept Packaging

From guest poster, Chris Iannucci: When I first began collecting coins and other collectibles about 10 years ago, I never gave much thought to proper storage and preservation. I just bought what I liked, and kept most items in a display case so I could view them from time to time or share them with friends or family. This gave me much enjoyment over the years.  

Intercept Packaging Reviewed by Leading Archivist

 
Pollutants in the Museum Environment Pam Hatchfield

Art Conservators are conservative.  Not necessarily in the political sense, but most certainly in their approach to their work. As well as they should be. Conservation-restoration is a profession devoted to the preservation of cultural heritage for the future. Words can be biased; objects and art may tell a more revealing story of a past society. The role of the conservator involves the examination, conservation, and preservation of cultural objects using any methods that prove effective in keeping that property in as close to its original condition as possible for as long as possible. Minimal intervention is a guideline a conservator must follow.

The Packaging of Punxsutawney Phil

 
Intercept Packaging Neutralizes Corrosion

This year the ground hog, Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary (his actual full name, I am a sucker for formality) pronounced loud and clear, “Get ready for an early spring!” I was happy to hear this. The sportsman in me is begging to get outdoors after several months of being relegated to four walls of my apartment, with the occasional reprieve to the gym or the ski slopes. I am sure I am not the only one.

Packaging Your Coins - Announcing Coin Armour

 
CoinArmour.com

Liberty Packaging Co. is proud to announce that Coin Armour is now distributing Corrosion Intercept® bags for the protection of coins, paper money, documents, and comic books.  Coin Amour has a consumer/dealer friendly web site in which to navigate and purchase products. The Coin Amour company is owned and operated by Chris Iannucci, a coin and comic book collector/dealer whose expertise in the field of numismatics was instrumental in the development of the Corrosion Intercept bag line for the preservation of collectibles that you'll find on the Coin Armour site. 

Packaging the IEEE - an Association for Excellence in Electronics

 
Reliability Engineers Work Together

“We solve product reliability issues with our Intercept Technology barrier packaging” is one of my elevator speeches. Because of this association with and passion for reliability issues, Liberty Packaging is a member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and the Reliability Society, a technical Society within the IEEE, the world’s leading association for the advancement of technology. The New York City headquartered IEEE is dedicated to the advancement of technical innovation and excellence. It boasts over 400,000 members in more than 140 counties.  The Reliability Society has 24 chapters and members in 60 countries worldwide. The Boston/New Hampshire/Rhode Island IEEE chapter whose meetings I attend, is recognized as one of the top three most active chapters worldwide every year. That recognition is a credit to its dedicated volunteer officers.

Of course, with attending organizational meetings, comes potential networking benefits, but more important to me is the wealth of information shared at these meetings.  The monthly topics presented by leading experts are fascinating and enlightening.  During the December 2012 meeting, Ted Dangelmayer of Dangelmayer Associates and author of two renowned books on establishing a successful ESD management program, presented on the problems of electrostatic discharge to electronic devices. The reliability group members are typically engineers, so the presentations can be quite complex, such as one coming up in February having to do with Photonic Magnetometry to be presented by Chris Sataline from Lincoln Labs MIT, in Lexington MA.  Keith Donaldson, Director of the Intercept Technology Group, and I presented a few years ago on the topic How Carbon Footprint, Green Initiatives, and Reliability Can Work Together or Against Each Other”  Our presentation was based on a Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent, environmental impact study for manufacturers.  In fact, that white paper is available by request through the Liberty Packaging web site.

Liberty Packaging has been and still is involved with a few other professional groups such as SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers), NDIA (National Defense Industrial Association), ESDA (Electrostatic Discharge Association) and the afore-mentioned IEEE.  For folks looking to furthering their careers and their knowledge, I highly recommend attending and perhaps being involved in a technical association.

Click here for your copy of the Bell Labs Environmental Impact Study 





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