FUJI SILYSIA CHEMICAL LTD.
Artsorb protects our cultural heritage for future generations
The preservation of great works of art requires extreme amounts of care and attention. The most important factor is to control the humidity. As art collections are constantly touring the world, and different geographic regions have extremes in climates, sudden changes in humidity are caretaker’s nightmare. Fuji Silysia answers with Artsorb. Artsorb is a moisture-sensitive silica material which adsorbs and desorbs moisture in order to offset changes in relative humidity.
Artsorb has proven itself to be a significant step forward in the preservation of the world’s priceless treasures.
As you know, in the summer and winter, climate is extremely different in Japan.
In the summer, high heat and humidity occur, and in the winter, low humidity and cool temperatures are experienced.
Moreover, in one day, the temperature and humidity between daytime and nighttime can change significantly. In art, these significant changes cause problems such as color fading, cracking, and ill modifications over a period of time.
Indoor humidity and temperature are controlled through an air-conditioning system, and in recent years has become a good environment for art treasures. However, an air-conditioning system is still controlled by a power switch making it difficult for environment condition assurances.
For works of art, the worst influence is a rapid change in humidity, and Artsorb, with its humidity control functions, operate as a buffer to prevent these rapid humidity changes.
Excellent characteristic of Artsorb
Artsorb is a completely new type of humidity control which Fuji Silysia chemistry has improved time and again.
Compared with the conventional silica gel, Artsorb has a greater capacity for moisture ad desorption From low to high humidity levels, Artsorb is a perfect combatant for rapid humidity changes, and is excellent in the preservation of works of art.
Furthermore, Artsorb exhibits very low levels of hysteresis,or the phenonmenon in which adsorption and release of humidity do not correspond.