Metal corrosion and rust are a concern when transporting machinery, but properly protecting your goods can prevent damages.
Most shipping cases for vital equipment and machinery are made of metal. Rust (a chemical process that occurs when an amalgam of oxygen, iron, and moisture) can be destructive to valuable machinery. It can always be prevented in advance.
These extra expenses can be avoided if the proper preventive measures are made and followed. Rust can be avoided by following the tips below:
1. Avoid the Opportunity for Rust
Before shipping, remove the opportunity for moisture, oxygen, and iron to combine around your equipment. Use a checklist; scan the environment where the items will be housed and detect the presence of oxygen and moisture.
Talk to your shippers about the best way to protect your machinery and equipment.
2. Choose Packaging that Absorbs or Resists Moisture
Consider packaging that will protect certain components of the equipment and compensate for weather and environment. Choose materials that absorb moisture (like polythene bags and VCI bags). These protective measures reduce the opportunity for a chemical reaction to take place. You can also consider the right oil or wax to protect the metal before you transport it to the next destination.
3. Separate Materials that Accelerate Rust
According to research conducted by Leinberger, most equipment does not rust during transportation. Rust occurs as the equipment awaits loading and offloading. Therefore, the responsible parties must isolate any equipment prone to rust and get them into dry space as quickly as possible.