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Product information of our packaging materials 3M ™ Propore

Product information of our packaging materials

3M Propore

3M PROPORE protects works of art

The surface structure of 3M™ PROPORE was developed for direct contact with delicate surfaces. PROPORE is suitable for use as transport packaging because of its permeability, so that the packing condition does not damage the artwork. The fact that PROPORE is tear resistant, pliable, breath- able and chemically neutral makes it a popular packaging material.

The most important properties at a glance:

• breathable

• absolutely waterproof

• dust-tight

• pliable

• abrasion resistant

• ph-neutral

• tear-proof

• breathable • absolutely waterproof • dust-tight • pliable • abrasion resistant • ph-neutral • tear-proof

What is PROPORE?

PROPORE ® is a fibrous fleece made of micro- porous polypropylene which is very breathable (10 Liters/m² in 24 h) and simultaneously abso- lutely waterproof. With the special membrane of PROPORE, humidity, which can occur inside a packaging, will be kept away from the artwork. At the same time, this pore structure stops potential outside influences from penetrating such as dust, grease etc.

PROPORE’s membrane can be imagined as a film which is laminated (glued on through the use of heat) onto the supporting material. Membranes are of a higher quality than coatings, as they are more abrasion resistant and thus more durable. The material is impervious to water drops, but does allow steam to pass from the inside to the outside. This is generally described as breathable – the correct formulation is steam-permeable.

Polypropylene

membrane

Permeability

Impenetrable to water

Polypropylene membrane Permeability Impenetrable to water Polypropylene fibre fleece Applications In order to be

Polypropylene

fibre fleece

Applications

In order to be equipped against any eventualities, we especially recommend this packaging material for long transports, such as for airfreight or sea freight. Because PROPORE is absolutely water- proof and yet simultaneously remains capable of diffusion.

Thus, if the artwork’s packing crate should at any point come into contact with water during a long transport, the work of art will be safely protected thanks to PROPORE.

The product has different surface structures on the inner and outer side. The smooth side is designed for the direct contact with the surface of the artwork.

on the inner and outer side. The smooth side is designed for the direct contact with

Product properties

Product properties Tear-resistance PROPORE is tear-resistant when both wet or dry. Owing to its unique fibre

Tear-resistance

PROPORE is tear-resistant when both wet or dry. Owing to its unique fibre structure, its tear-resist- ance continues even if the material is scratched.

ance continues even if the material is scratched. Water-resistance A definite advantage of PROPORE is

Water-resistance

A

definite advantage of PROPORE

is

the packaging material’s notable

of PROPORE is the packaging material’s notable impermeability to water . It retains its properties in

impermeability to water. It retains

its properties in both wet and dry conditions.

In an in-house, long-term experi- ment, the waterproof properties of this packaging material were tested: The test environment consists of two chambers divided by a strip of PROPORE. The lower chamber contains a ventilator

which simulates constant air circulation; water is pored into the upper chamber. After more than

a week of constant operation, PROPORE was

still waterproof and diffusible. In this experiment,

the long-term diffusion capabilities are visualised through the water currents.

Chemical resistance

PROPORE is non-sensitive to most acids, alkalis and salts.

PROPORE is non-sensitive to most acids, alkalis and salts. Light weight PROPORE’s weight is less than

Light weight

PROPORE’s weight is less than half that of other materials with similar durability. PROPORE’s tight- ness is 0.24 g/cm3.

Rot and mould-resistance

Pure PROPORE does not promote the growth of mould or other micro-organisms.

Flammability

PROPORE is not easily flammable.

Ageing / UV-resistance

PROPORE is very ageing and UV-resistant. Under normal storage conditions (room temperature and no UV reflection), PROPORE has a guaranteed stor- age life of 20 years. Longer interruption to UV rays can lead to changes in the material’s properties.

Processing

Lengthways separation, arc sections, cutting – as PROPORE is made of very tear-resistant fibres, each fibre must be completely cut through when cutting. Any fibres remaining intact along the cut- ting edge must be removed with a second cut. All cutting tools must be clean and sharp and possess a well supported, burr-free cutting edge.

sharp and possess a well supported, burr-free cutting edge. Disposal PROPORE is a recyclable material and

Disposal

PROPORE is a recyclable material and can thus be placed in the dual system. During landfill disposal, PROPORE does not break down to release any substances hazardous to the groundwater. It is this neutral to the groundwater and can thus be safely disposed of in this way as a last option.

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Fon: + 49-(0)2 21-954 27 11 · Fax: + 49-(0)2 21-954 27 19 Mail: n.c.adolfs@art-handling.com · www.art-handling.com

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