February 24, 2011

How to Size A Bag for a Round Container

When sizing a bag to fit a round container the following formula is quite helpful.


1. Calculate the circumference (C) of the container. C = Diameter (D) x 3.14

2. The width of the bag would be the circumference (C) divided by 2; plus 1 inch.
Width of Bag (W) = ( Circumference (C) / 2 ) + 1

3. The length (L) of the bag = container height + container diameter (D) + 5 inches for an overhang or to close.

So in this example for a container size 18 inches in diameter x 30 inches high:

Step 1
Circumference = 18 x 3.14
= 56.52

Step 2
Bag Width = (56.52 / 2) + 1 inch
= 29.26 inches
Let's say 29.25 inches.

Step 3
The length of the bag = 30 inches + 18 inches + 5 inches
= 53 inches

Therefor a container size of diameter 18 inches x height 30 inches would require a bag size of 29.25 x 53 inches long in order to line the cylinder (container) and close the bag at the top.

VCI Corrosion Inhibitor Poly bags can be purchased at this link:


December 05, 2007

Corporate Bought University Research Suspect

Occasionally customers will ask about the validity of Private Company commissioned, university studies that appear to validate or endorse ABC's (insert Company Name Here) new and exciting or "mine is better than yours...." corrosion control product.

The Kept University is a great published article about how corporations are increasingly turning universities into cheap biased research labs. Marketing departments then use the results to exclaim, my technology is better, faster, more effective, etc. etc. blah, blah, blah, then the competitors product(s). Companies give researchers stock options for conducting research on product development, censor negative reviews, and see a much higher rate of positive reviews.....

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July 18, 2007

Plastic Price Information July 2007

Market Price Information News Implications for VCI Poly Products

The plastic market has undergone three price increases so far this year since Jan 1, 2007. Basically LDPE, LLDPE and other raw materials have increased in price causing an increase in costs for products such as VCI film, VCI bags, foodgrade bags and specialty plastic products. This additional cost or at least most of it is almost always passed on to the end users. Will this be another year of record price increases for oil related products such as stretch wrap and plastic packaging? With the price of oil at $74/barrel today and projections by some analysts of $100/barrel oil within a year or two some believe that it will be.

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May 08, 2007

Bio Product Implications

With all the good press that corn derived products such as biodegradable plastics and fuel substitues/enhancers such as ethanol I wonder if we have overlooked the big picture. I've read in more than one financial report that ethanol plants, biobased products and the companies that produce them are not as good of an investment that one may think.

Apparently, ethanol production is subsidized by governments so that the industry can get 'up & running' so to speak. Without the government subsidies this industry could hardly survive on its own. The problem is that it costs so much more to produce an ethanol type fuel then the current cost of traditional fuels.

I've also seen this high cost of production reflected in the high price of biodegradable plastics and bio-based materials that use vegetable based esters and byproducts as raw materials. And what do you think will happen to the price of these products if the price of the vegetable base goes up? I wonder what the implications are for other biobased packaging or biobased products based on for example, soybean derived products?

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April 22, 2007

How to Size A Bag for A Pallet Cover

Determining The Proper Size Bag For Pallets & Bin Liners

How to determine the right size cover or liner for your pallet or gaylord cover:
Pallet Size Example:
Dimension A Length - 50"
Dimesion B Width - 44"
Dimesion C Height - 48"

For a Pallet Cover:
Add approximately 2" to dimension A and add 2" to dimension B for a loose fit. For height (C) add one half of width dimesion B to the actual Height dimension C.

Resulting in A Bag Size (Pallet Covers)

Gusset Bag

A - 50" + 2" =52"
B - 44" + 2" =46"
C - 48" + 22" = 70"

SIZE TO ORDER for Pallet Cover: 52" x 46" x 70"

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November 02, 2006

Alumitex VCI Paper for Aluminum Corrosion Protection

Corrosion Control for Aluminum Aircraft Parts

Recently we have received several inquiries regarding the shelf life and useable term of VCI paper.

VCI paper and VCI products will have a longer shelf life when they are properly stored.

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May 23, 2006

More about Water Boiler Treatment & Powder Inhibitors

Corrosion Inhibitor Additives for Water Boilers

Author: Thomas Yoon explains about water boilers in his article...
....scales are very damaging to the boiler because they interfere with the heat transfer and can lead to overheating and eventually, boiler rupture...click here to read the entire article at his blog

By using one of the corrosion inhibitor powders we discussed in our last post, the build up of sediment deposits and damaging corrosion of water boilers is greatly reduced. Most users apply VCI-1 powder to working water boilers at a rate of 0.5 to 1.0 percent of the weight of water in the system. This amounts to 4 up to 8 pounds of powder corrosion inhibitor in 100 gallons of water.

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May 12, 2006

Anti-Tarnish Packaging for Silver

Tarnish Protection Packaging for Silver

Noble metals and non-ferrous metals require a different system or formula to prevent tarnish because of the unique characteristics of these types of metals. Typcially a VCI (vapor corrosion inhibitor packaging) paper or VCI poly packaging is designed to protect a range of metal types. Two broad classifications of types are for FERROUS METALS or for MULTI-Metals. Although Multi-metal VCI packaging products are somewhat effective for corrosion protection of silver, they are ideally suited where a combination of metal types are present. The two types of packaging above do not specifcially target corrosion protection (tarnish prevention) for silver metals.

Anti-tarnish for silver metals is best achieved with a packaging system that is designed specifically for silver and noble metals. This is available in the form of or .

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May 10, 2006

Environmentally Friendly Rust Removal

Here is a good article posted by krs1 at The Practical Environmentalist about Daubert Rust Remover
I was just doing some research on how to remove rust from home gardening equipment without using caustic chemicals, and found this interesting press release about Evapo-Rust(TM), an environmentally friendly rust removing product that is an alternative to Naval Jelly, the most common way people remove rust from metal tools, car parts, etc. Here's some info from the press release: continue reading rust remover...

May 09, 2006

Corrosion Inhibitor Powder Additives

VCI Corrosion Inhibitor Powder Additives For Water Systems

When choosing a water additive for corrosion control it is important to know the metals that the water with inhibitor will come into contact. Second is the type of system. Is it open, closed or a recirculating water system such as a cooling system (chiller), heating system, hydro static testing, (pressure test stands), boiler or other type of industrial process water? Is there make-up water coming into the system on a continual or on a batch top up basis? What is the throughput of the system? What is the use of the treated system or finished parts that are being treated for corrosion protection? Is this a lay-up for long term corrosion protection or a short term corrosion control less than 1 year?

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April 27, 2006

VCI Paper Grades & Types

VPI VCI VCPI VPN MPI VpCI Paper Continued.....

As we discussed in our previous article on the branding of VCI paper manufacturers typcially come up with their own branding to describe their brand of This article further explores the key elements for success using VCI Paper for corrosion protection in packaging.


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April 22, 2006

Mil-C-16173 & Mil-PRF-16173 Grades


Mil Prf-16173 Corrosion Inhibitor Grades


This is a continuation, of our discussion last month, about the and Mil-PRF-16173 military specifications. There are four different grades and two different classes that are often used in the military specification for above.

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April 14, 2006

Corrosion Control

Simply put, corrosion control is the field of study that is concerned with the prevention, retarding, slowing down, the normal natural process of the oxidation of metals. When applied to ferrous metals this process is typically called . For all other metals including ferrous metals the process is called .

There are a number of great web sites providing information about and :

Daubert Cromwell Corrosion Control Canada Corrosion VCI NACE

April 12, 2006

Selecting VCI Paper

There are many different types and brands of in the marketplace.

Many manufacturers use their own branding referring to it as or other acronym to describe their particular brand of the . Manufacturers or marketeers will do this in an attempt to "differentiate their product" from those of competitors. In addition to they will often add their own product code numbers or trade names.

As in these two examples: Product Code: VCI-146 OR VCI Paper Product Code: PW-32

Basically all of these catchy buzz words and marketing "spin" mean, or try to convey, the same particular attribute of the . The meaning of the terms are basically the same. This is paper used to wrap or as for metal parts or metal materials to slow down or prevent the natural process of rust and corrosion. The paper is impregnated or coated with a .
This branding or descriptive term has changed several times during the past 50 years probably as the industry tries to re-invent itself or find a unique term to describe the benefits of their products. The current generally accepted terminology used by knowledgeable and experienced companies in North America today is . There are of course a few exceptions where a manufacturer will use their own trade name and then define the product properties.

See below:

VCI Translation: Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor or Volatile Corrosion Inhibitor
VPI Translation: Vapor Phase Inhibitor or Vapor Paper Inhibitor

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April 10, 2006

Finding Corrosion Control Products

A recent survey conducted by UK-based online marketing firm, Harvest Digital shows that Google is almost universally recognized as the UK's leading search engine. It is generally accepted that the results are similar in North America.

A large group of search engine users express less than stellar expectations from their experience with search engines. There is a growing dissatisfaction with search results.

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April 03, 2006

VCI Paper Sheets

VCI Paper 12  x 12 

12 inch x 12 inch VCI Paper Sheets 30# Kraft with Multi-metal VCI 1000 sheets/bundle A multi-metal vci paper suitable for all types of metals.

How VCI Works Export Packaging Slide Show Packaging Design Considerations

March 30, 2006

The Wonderful Nanoworld of Corrosion

The wonderful nanoworld of corrosion by ZDNet's Roland Piquepaille -- Do you know that chemical corrosion affects about 3% of the world's gross domestic product? But this impact is not exclusively negative. European researchers have studied the nanoworld of corrosion and discovered some useful effects which could lead to nanomaterials with specific properties.

March 29, 2006

Mil C-16173 and Mil-PRF-16173E

Often there are a lot of questions regarding military specifications.

For example Mil-C-16173 and the various optional components of the mil spec. For this particular specification Mil-PRF-16173 has replaced Mil-C-16173 in many projects that formerly called for the latter specification C-16173. Therefore if the project calls for Mil-PRF-16173 then that is type of product that is required. If the project specifies Mil-C-16173E it is the same as Mil-PRF-16173E.

This is because was the last revision of the standard before it was replaced with

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March 25, 2006

Rust Removing the Safe & Easy Way

About Rust Removers

With all the myriad of products available in the market place how do I choose one? What I look for is a product that is easy to use, safe, effective and preferrably nonhazardous in the workplace and the environment.

Daubert Evaporust Meets All of the Above Plus It Is:
Biodegradable, Non-hazardous rust remover.
Remarkable rust removal solution so safe it can even ship by AIR!
Safe on skin (neutral pH material)
Acid Free (NO acid)
Neutralizing NOT required
Solvent Free (NO solvent)
Used extensively in home, industrial & military applications
Military Aproved NSN 6850-01-498-3625
Rapidly removes corrosion in minutes
Non-flammable, non-hazardous, non-fuming, odorless rust remover

It even contains short term corrosion inhibitors. While other products claim to be safe, it is important to read the MSDS and you will find otherwise upon closer inspection. Another important factor is cost. Here's a rough .

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March 23, 2006

VCI Emitters

VCI Emitter Corrosion Protection SALE PRICES UNTIL APRIL 31, 2006

MDE-30 VCI Emitters Discounts Apply !
Get an additional 10% OFF at checkout

Fifty (50) VCI emitters per Carton (5 x 10 sealed packets per carton.) Each MDE-30 VCI emitter protects up to 1 cubic feet of enclosed space. They are great for protecting tool boxes, firearms cabinets, safes, electrical panels, electronic devices and enclosed spaces from rust and corrosion! Non-hazardous and easy to use. Similar items sell for up to $125/carton. The April sale price is $63.25/carton less 10%

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