Electronics Features for November 2004

Electronics Features Archive

Clearing the Air Around Vapor Corrosion Inhibitors Clearing the Air Around Vapor Corrosion Inhibitors

The efficacy, convenience, and cost effectiveness of vapor corrosion inhibiting (VCI) packaging products have made their application for rust control almost universal in automotive, machine tools, aerospace, electronics, power generation, and the military. As with all industrial chemical products, however, the increased usage of VCI products has also raised significant scientific interest as to their health and safety.

Problems with Volatile Corrosion Inhibitors in the Metal Finishing Industry Problems with Volatile Corrosion Inhibitors in the Metal Finishing Industry

The use of volatile corrosion inhibitors (VCIs) within the metal finishing industry presents two generally unrecognized health and performance problems. VCIs have been used to prevent corrosion since World War II yet have had little risk analysis. Although many of the benefits of VCIs have been published, VCIs’ darker side is only now becoming known.