Corrosion is a chemical or electrochemical reactive process between metal, another chemical or the environment. Metal, metallic materials, parts, and components gradually begin to oxidize in the presence of oxygen. Or, if they come into contact with industrial chemicals that are used in manufacturing processes. Corrosion causes metallic materials to deteriorate, weaken, flake, and break down.
Industrial corrosion is a very expensive problem to maintain and counteract. It makes equipment, parts, and components virtually unusable for their intended purposes. Equipment corrosion problems creates its own waste industry. Many industries analyze production, assembly, and storage processes to calculate potential waste and losses due to corrosion.
Corrosion Management Systems
These practices are called Corrosion Management Systems, or CMS. Industrial assets, like corrosion prone equipment, must be analyzed for its propensity to become costly waste before its profitability potential. The profit-eating threat of corrosion must be calculated for the entire operating cycle of affected equipment. From the design stage to obsolescence.
NACE International is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping industries to reduce corrosion and protect the environment from its effects. At the CORROSION 2016 environmental conference held in Vancouver, Canada, NACE released a study revealing that corrosion is a $2.5 trillion (USD) annual problem. On a global scale. Improved CMS, best practices, and prevention methods could reduce that number by $375 billion to $875 billion.
Industrial Corrosion Mitigation Via Strategic Plastic Tray Utilization
Plastics are extremely poor conductors of energy and corrosion. Thermoformed plastic trays are not as susceptible to the effects of corrosion relative to its destructive effects on metals and metal-derived equipment. Especially electrochemical corrosion, which can occur when dangerous chemicals comes in contact with various technological and electronic equipment parts.
Plastic trays can be used as corrosion barriers and containment trays for chemicals and liquids that can corrode equipment. For example, spill trays can be used to collect chemical drips from machinery, acid leaks from batteries, and other dangerous liquids during manufacturing processes.
Utility trays can be used to separate tools, chemicals, and sensitive equipment to cut down on the corrosion potential before assembly. Lab trays can be used in closed site, industrial research and testing facilities to clean, repair, and assemble smaller sized equipment.
An Ongoing Effort
There is no way to completely prevent the onset of corrosion on industrial equipment, parts, and components. The best way to manage, slow down, or possibly stop corrosion before it begins is through the strategically implemented use of plastic trays. The use of plastic trays should be an integral part of CMS practices and corrosion control processes with susceptible equipment. From the design stage, throughout the manufacturing process, and to extending possible shelf life potential.