CounterAct electrostatic corrosion control systems are a family of devices
so unique and novel that patents were granted not only on the devices themselves
but on the actual process the devices employ. The unique CounterAct process of
corrosion protection, "electrostatic corrosion control by capacitive coupling"
is the only tested and proven purely electronic corrosion control process for
minimizing corrosion in open air structures and vehicles.
first of the CounterAct electronic corrosion protection patents issued
in the U.S. followed several years later by a similar patent in Canada. Others
now are pending worldwide. We invented, pioneered and perfected the CounterAct
"electrostatic corrosion control process utilizing capacitive coupling"
and still hold all the patents on these devices and electronic corrosion protection
processes. The truly unique quality of CounterAct corrosion protection is
demonstrated by the nature of the original CounterAct patents which not
only covers our electrostatic corrosion control devices but the actual capacitive
coupling process governing these devices as well.
corrosion control devices consist of three primary components:
1. A small pulsed DC power supply and control module
(in the case of a typical passenger vehicle system about the size of a pack of
cigarettes) is the heart of our corrosion proofing systems. The power supply is
all solid state circuitry embedded in electronics grade (UL 94V-0 flame retardant)
epoxy encapsulant for long life and durability in any climate. On automobile
and light trucks it is typically installed under the hood or in the trunk (wherever
the battery is located ) where it runs off the 12V from the vehicle battery drawing
less current than a typical digital clock.
Typical automobile size CounterAct corrosion
control power supply/control module.
A removable modular wiring harness with fused power lead to permit easy access
to the power supply/control module for inspection or for easy transferability
of our corrosion control devices to another vehicle.
CounterAct's capacitive coupling method uses a coupler
with peel and stick aircraft grade adhesive that attaches right over the vehicle's
3. One or more of our unique "programmed
capacitive couplers". These capacitive couplers, which are attached to the
protected metal surface with aircraft grade adhesive, are charged by the power
supply/control module and function as if they were the positive half of a capacitor.
They are wired to the power supply in parallel (each on individual circuits) and
meticulously engineered so that each serves to produce a measured and specific
limited range of capacitance and thus deliver a measured and specific limited
range electrostatic charge via capacitive coupling. These capacitive couplers
are vital to the effectiveness of the system and we exercise the utmost care in
these three components serve to induce a negative electrostatic surface charge
on the metal surface being protected (your vehicle's body for instance) thus capacitive
coupling treats the metal body as if it were the negative half of a capacitor.
This negative surface charge serves to interfere with the normal electrochemical
corrosion processes that create corrosion on metals.
(Please see "What is
corrosion? " for a more thorough discussion and "CounterAct's
Testing" for laboratory and Our
Testimonials for Field documentation. )
At CounterAct CPR we specialize in the development
and application of our own patented and proprietary electrostatic corrosion control
technology. CounterAct utilizes capacitive coupling technology in
our "off the shelf" products for vehicles (seen on our Products
page) and static structures as well as in specialized custom applications
through our consulting division. If your intended corrosion proofing application
is buried or submerged and lends itself to the more traditional electronic corrosion
proofing methods such as cathodic or anodic protection we will gladly refer you
to a reputable corrosion engineering consulting firm that specializes in these
older methods. From time to time we are however, called upon to devise "hybrid
corrosion proofing systems" that employ our technology to protect open air
structures combined with traditional electronic corrosion proofing methods to
protect the portion of such an object which is buried or submerged. Although our
exclusive proprietary technology makes up most of our projects, CounterAct does
utilize more traditional methods of electronic corrosion proofing when a job requires
it and should our client specify that CounterAct perform all corrosion control
design and installation work directly rather than employ sub-contractors.