INTERCEPT Technology™ is a corrosion protection method which, for over 20 years in numerous applications, has proven its long lasting effectiveness in extreme conditions.
The technology was born from the restoration and protection efforts on the Statue of Liberty in New York. The technology was developed at that time by AT&T Bell Laboratories, first for their own use. It was later patented worldwide by AT&T Bell Labs, additionally by Lucent Technologies (current name: Alcatel Lucent).
Now the technology finds its way into a wide range of products and application fields in order to ensure a robust and more secure protection against corrosion and ESD damage during transport and storage, thereby reducing, in some cases significantly, process costs for the end user.
The technology’s unique method of working allows the user to tackle known problems with new approaches and subsequently increases their competitiveness.
Effective, environmentally friendly and tested many times over: One packaging solution for all materials and applications!
INTERCEPT Technology™ provided the Statue of
Liberty with a new Patina
During the restoration of the Statue of Liberty new copper sheeting was applied and damaged sheets repaired. Using the same Copper particles, later utilized to create the INTERCEPT Technology™, a rapid patina was able to be developed that was used to apply a protective patina layer on the new and damaged copper sheets, in a record time.
The principle was then applied to modifying a polymer to make it a reactive barrier, providing an easy as well as effective solution that suits almost every application in order to protect packaged good against destructive corrosion. Therefore it is indifferent whether the goods are transported by sea or by air or are stored on land. Corrosion INTERCEPT® is made of high-surface area Copper particles that are permanently bonded into a polymer compound.
These particles essentially react with elements that create and promote corrosion, which are present in the atmosphere. Salts, sulphur compounds, ozone, nitrous oxides and others so called “corrosive gases” or atmospheric pollutants are found in every environment worldwide in various concentrations. It is known, for instance, that in highly polluted regions of Asia there is much higher damage caused by corrosion as compared to the European or North American regions. This is basically due to the higher concentration of harmful elements in their atmosphere.
Corrosion INTERCEPT® permanently reacts with and neutralizes these corrosive gases creating a cleaned atmosphere, a micro-environment, which protects materials inside it against corrosion and degradation caused by these corrosive, reactive gases. The atmospheric moisture or humidity that migrates through the packaging will also have these corrosive gases neutralized so that it cannot add or promote corrosion.