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Unformatted text preview: he exact procedure for packaging depends upon the specific requirements for the cache and the available packaging equipment. The following eight steps are almost always necessary in packaging: Inspecting. Cleaning. Drying. Coating with preservative. Wrapping. Packing. Enclosing user instructions for the cached equipment. Sealing and testing seals by submersion. Inspecting D-53. Personnel must inspect the cache items immediately before packaging to ensure they are complete, serviceable, and free of corrosive or contaminated substances. Cleaning D-54. Personnel must thoroughly clean all corrodible items immediately before applying the final preservative coating. Personnel should completely remove all foreign matter, including any preservative applied before shipment of the item to the field. Throughout the packaging operation, personnel should handle all contents of the cache with rubber or freshly cleaned cotton gloves. Special handling is important because even minute particles of human sweat will corrode metallic equipment. In addition, any fingerprints on the contents of the cache may enable the enemy to identify the packagers. Drying D-55. When personnel complete the cleaning, they must remove every trace of moisture from corrodible items. Methods of drying include wiping with an absorbent cloth, heating, or applying desiccant (a drying agent). Heating is usually the best drying method, unless heat can damage the items in the package. To dry by heating, the packager should place the cache items in an oven for at least 3 hours at a temperature of about 110 degrees Fahrenheit (F). Personnel can improvise an oven using a large metal can or drum. In humid climates, it is especially important to dry the oven thoroughly before using it by preheating it to at least 212 degrees F. After preheating, personnel should reduce the heat, waiting until the oven reaches 30 November 2010 TC 18-01 D-9 Appendix D 110 degrees F before inserting the equipment they want to cache. If personnel use a desiccant, they should not let it touch any metallic surface. Silica...
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