According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the impact of various electro-mechanical technologies in manufacturing and industrial production is usually greater than the impact of smaller appliances.
To demonstrate how end-consumer choices can rarely be made based on too much information, we decided to have a look at an obscure technology that is vastly used in many day-to-day electrical and mechanical appliances, from old cars to Chanel bags.
It bears an even more confusing name – impregnation technology.
Now, who can’t be intrigued? Although it basically means that the material in the part has been thoroughly permeated, so that a solid part absorbed another substance, usually liquid.
A lot of electrical and mechanical parts are produced on a daily basis, using the precious materials the Earth can barely afford to keep producing. Now the issue is, many of these parts could qualify to be faulty and thus be disposed of before anybody could use them. What a waste.
Thanks to genius impregnation technology, however, many faulty parts can be recovered. More so, this technology ensures that the parts are more reliable, environmentally friendly, as well as durable and affordable.
The first example of using impregnation technology is car manufacturing. As every car engine has multiple moving parts, this technology is pretty vital for keeping its engine running. Car engine, as any mechanical miracle, starts to lose its power from the first drive slowly detonating.
Thankfully, today we’ve got innovation that allows making car engines impermeable to liquid, which increases its capacity. If anybody owning a car can contest, water and oil leakages happen rather frequently in any car older than 5-10 years. New impregnation solutions help to prevent more of such disasters, helping you to keep an older car for longer.
Seat belts and different other metal-based fastening devises are there to mainly keep us and other things safe from corrosion.
Precious metals are even more vulnerable to loosing their durability as for example gold just isn’t strong enough. You can find gold plating on many expensive handbags.
To save it from sweltering manufactures now use impregnation of the fasteners. Although the reasons behind this choice are arguable to avoid cheapening such brands as Chanel and Dior’s bags, we vouch for the tech that makes consumers use them longer without throwing away leather and other scarce materials just because a buckle faded.
Thousands of tiny parts of every computer hard drive sit in solid plates for a good reason. This ensures their electrical insulation and keeps vulnerable parts safe from environmental and thermal impacts. Magnetic disk writes down data, while the heads float by centrifugal force. If this mechanism wasn’t protected from water or dust particles, it would crash the entire system. Features like an electric actuator, common in almost all computers would break.
Many house owners have their gas meters outside their homes. This is convenient when a gas man/woman need to come for their regular safety and eco checks, as you don’t need to be home to let them do their work.
Unfortunately, this is also pretty bad for the durability of the gas meters, as open to the outside elements they can get rusty and eventually brake. Impregnated gas meters, however, avert corrosion. Safety checks aren’t just a bureaucratic procedure invented by the governmental health and safety organisations to torture all the working population, they are there to keep us and the environment in check. So have a look at your gas meter next time you get a chance – does it have rubber seals? Is it safe from water leaking though? Quite a lot can go wrong if answers to either of these is ‘No’.
Jess has spent years travelling the world full-time. Nothing else comes close to the reaches of this emotive activity...