Art Sorb Humidity Controller

The Humidity Controller ArtSorb is made to protect artwork, cultural assets and artefacts from damage caused by climatic changes in temperature and humidity. These changes result in the pieces of arts and artefacts degrading over time, causing cracking, colour fading and deformation. The Humidity Controller ArtSorb, a moisture-sensitive silica material, can prevent the mentioned damages by adsorbing and desorbing moisture to create a constant optimal humidity in a sealed environment. Although air conditioning can prevent damage caused by humidity and heat, a stable microclimate is still necessary to preserve artworks and artefacts.

Humidity Controller ArtSorb vs Silica Gel

Regular Silica Gel is only capable of adsorbing moisture, leaving an arid environment that is not optimal for artworks. However, the Humidity Controller ArtSorb can react to the humidity changes, providing precise humidity control in environments between 40-70% relative humidity.

Application

The Humidity Controller Artsorb is applicable in display cases and performs best when in an airtight environment. When a heat source such as light is present, use a heat shield to block the light or place the light outside the box. For the Humidity Controller to be effective, there must be adequate contact with air, be in an airtight environment, and spread out evenly. The Humidity Controller should also not be in touch with the artefact. Depending on the environment, the lifespan of the Humidity Controller ArtSorb typically lasts for about five years. However, during these five years, a process known as humidification is needed, after two to three years after use. A hygrometer can be used to check for dehumidification.

Specifications

Beads
  • Packaging: 16kg (2 x 8kg Tin Cans)
  • Dimensions: 1.7-4.0mm
  • %RH: 40, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70
  • Coverage Volume: 1lb = 16 ft3
Sheets
  • Packaging: 20 per case
  • Dimensions: 20” x 20” x 1/8”
  • %RH: 40, 50, 60, 70
  • Coverage Volume: 1 Sheet = 3.5 ft3
Full Cassettes
  • Packaging: 22 pieces per case
  • Dimensions: 13” x 4 3/8” x 15/8”
  • %RH: 40, 50, 60
  • Coverage Volume: 1 Full Cassette = 26 ft3
Half Cassettes
  • Packaging: 44 pieces per case
  • Dimensions: 13” x 4 3/8” x 7/8″
  • %RH: 40, 50, 60
  • Coverage Volume: 1 Half Cassette = 13 ft3

Key Features

  • Works well with artefacts and arts
  • Lasts for a lengthy period of 5 years and needs to be re humidified after 3 years
  • Maintains relative humidity between 40%-70% 

Selection Guide

 RELATIVE HUMIDITY  MATERIAL
 RH55-65%  Paper, wood, dying and weaving products,   Japanese lacquer
 RH50-65%  Elephant tusk, pelts, parchments, nature-related works
 RH50-55%  Oil paintings
 RH45-55%  Fossils
 RH45% Max  Metal, rocks, and ceramics (desalination required)

To meet the different needs of various applications, the humidity controller comes in different forms:

  • Bead – Perfect for  easy set-ups in display cases and containers
  • Sheet – Used as a humidity controller for display cases, shipping containers, and back of frames
  • Cassette – Convenient product which can be set up and taken down at the site
  • F-type – Ideal for small storage, shipping, and exhibitions
  • S-Type – Cut to fit the needs of the consumer

Art Sorb Humidity Controller Brochure

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