The initial Intercept Technology™ customer used the material to protect wafers for electronics, the second customer was the Getty Museum and the third was a major Mint to protect incoming Silver. Intercept has long been used and regarded as an ideal material for Museum Storage and for protection of materials being archived.
When Bell Labs developed the Intercept Technology™ they ensured that the harmful additives and non-essential fillers used in plastics were not incorporated into the Intercept Technology™. Some of these are, various volatile agents, anti-block agents (silica is added to typical plastics to keep the film from sticking together - silica is abrasive and often produces plastics that can cause surface scratches), or other non-essentials or fillers. Intercept materials start with reactor grade, barefoot polymers. We react the Copper into the polymer, binding it so that it is not free to migrate. We do not add in volatile components or anti-block agents. Intercept is safe for the storage of even the most sensitive items and has tested to pass PAT and other archival tests.
Museums have used Intercept film, wraps, totes and bags for the storage of their collections that are sensitive to corrosion / degradation / pollution. Intercept film is used as backing material for framed items to keep the pollution away from the items within the frame. Additionally Intercept Active Filtration (Intercept saturated foam with a fan unit) has been used to protect museum cases, jewelry cases and small storage areas. The Intercept reacts with and permanently neutralizes the active pollutants in Museum or Jewelry cases. When Intercept is used as a wrap or bag, it reacts with these gases, cleansing the inside environment and then acts as a barrier prevent reintroduction of these gases. Museums have utilized Corrosion Intercept® films and products because they do no harm, and because the Copper color of Corrosion Intercept® (CI) changes hue as it reacts with and neutralizes pollutant gases, providing a visual assurance that the Intercept is working. When the CI color turns dark grey or white (for exposure to Nitrous gases) then it is time to change the package.
Intercept provides protection against the three major causes of degradation to CD’s and digital data –ESD damage, Ozone and UV. The RIBS MVTR product line has also been successfully used to provide protection against mold and mildew, to react with and permanently neutralize corrosive pollutants in the environment as well as provide the moisture barrier protection of foil, in conjunction with the ability to absorb organic components due to its buried carbon layer.
Intercept has been detailed in Pollutants in the Museum Environment.