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minoxy® Anoxic Micro-Climate Framing Systems and Conservation Services

Low or anoxic oxygen free microclimate storage technology has been widely used for many years in the food industry. The conservation field has taken this microclimate technology and expanded its use to the preservation of historical and archaeological items. The most readily identifiable items to the general public using this process are:

      • The Charters of the United States in the National Archives
      • Egyptian mummies in the Cairo Museum in Cairo, Egypt.

The Senior Scientist at the Conservation Institute at the Getty Museum in California started research on the use of microclimates with zero or limited oxygen started in the late 1980’s. The Getty was looking into ideas for the use of Nitrogen, Argon and other inert gases in the conservation storage and display of precious items.

The Getty Museum in California published a paper on the subject in 1998 Oxygen-Free Museum Cases: Edited by Shin Maekawa

As preservation, argon is used to displace oxygen and moisture-containing air in packaging to extend the shelf lives of the packed contents. Argon prevents entirely aerial oxidation, hydrolysis, and other chemical reactions, which degrade the products.

The minoxy® microclimate framing enclosure will protect against oxidation of its contents, pests, and bacterial growth. Our minoxy® art conservation services are available to protect and preserve your works of art.

R & D was started in earnest in 2010 to bring the cost of a microclimate enclosure to market at a price point where just about any organization could afford to encase parts of their collections at a palatable price.  In March 2013 minoxy® micro-climate enclosure received "patent pending" status from the US Patent Office.