From Integrated Pest Management to Integrated Contamination Management (ICM®)

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Ecological technology designed by conservators for conservators

The humidity regulated warm air treatment used by ICM® is a 100% effective and eco-friendly method for treating a wide variety of materials which have been attacked by insect pests. All life-cycle stages of insects which inhabit any organic material will die when exposed to warm temperatures over a defined period of time during our ICM® humidity regulated treatment. 

From Integrated Pest Management to Integrated Contamination Management (ICM®)

Brussels | London | Mobile

Ecological technology designed by conservators for conservators

The humidity regulated warm air treatment used by ICM® is a 100% effective and eco-friendly method for treating a wide variety of materials which have been attacked by insect pests. All life-cycle stages of insects which inhabit any organic material will die when exposed to warm temperatures over a defined period of time during our ICM® humidity regulated treatment. 

In the ICM® treatment the humidity is controlled – and so there are no risks of harm to the objects.  Because there are no chemicals or noxious gases involved in the treatment, there is no risk to your health or the environment. The machinery and materials have been developed to require a low energy intake for each treatment. The carbon footprint of the technology is therefore very low.

In the ICM® treatment the humidity is controlled – and so there are no risks of harm to the objects.  Because there are no chemicals or noxious gases involved in the treatment, there is no risk to your health or the environment. The machinery and materials have been developed to require a low energy intake for each treatment. The carbon footprint of the technology is therefore very low.

For all kinds of objects

The warm air treatment of moveable heritage and art works is perfectly suitable for objects in paper, fabric, carpets, leather, fur, ethnographic pieces but also furniture and musical instruments, polychromatic sculptures and paintings. 

Picture 1: Follower of Pieter Coecke van Aalst, end 16th century, Private collection | Picture 2: Musée d’Archéologie Nationale, Paris | Picture 3: Jan Fabre “Mur de la monte des anges”, M HKA, Antwerp |  Picture 4: Courtesy of Sam Fogg, London

For all kinds of objects

The warm air treatment of moveable heritage and art works is perfectly suitable for objects in paper, fabric, carpets, leather, fur, ethnographic pieces but also furniture and musical instruments, polychromatic sculptures and paintings. 

Picture 1: Follower of Pieter Coecke van Aalst, end 16th century, Private collection | Picture 2: Musée d’Archéologie Nationale, Paris | Picture 3: Jan Fabre “Mur de la monte des anges”, M HKA, Antwerp |  Picture 4: Courtesy of Sam Fogg, London
©DBP Entomology

For all kinds of insects

The treatment can be used in the fight against heritage eating insects, including clothes moths (Tineola bisselliella and Tinea pellionella), varied carpet beetles (Anthrenus verbasci), silverfish (Lepisma saccharina), the grey silverfish or so called ‘paperfish’ (Ctenolepisma longicaudata), common woodworm (Anobium punctatum), powder post beetle (Lyctus brunneus), death watch beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum), house longhorn beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus), tobacco beetle (Lasioderma serricorne) and biscuit beetle (Stegobium paniceum).

©DBP Entomology

Warm air process

The ICM® process is based on the fact that insect proteins denature irreversibly at temperatures between 42-52°C, dependent on the species. The method was established more than 30 years ago and is 100% effective, quick and presents no risks to materials.

Next-generation treatment chambers

A second* generation of treatment chambers have now been developed under the ICM® brand, which outperforms other methods in terms of speed, ecological impact and capability. Ultrasonic, and hence very evenly spread, humidification and a sophisticated filtering technology (active carbon filters, HEPA) as well as 24/7 data mirroring and remote-control monitoring provide a managed and safe environment for the treatment of valuable and unique objects. 

From a conservation perspective the key to using warm air to eradicate insect pests is to maintain the equilibrium moisture content of the material during the warming-up, holding and cooling phases. This is achieved by using tailor made proprietary software to control the relative humidity (RH) and temperature of the atmosphere within the chamber, thereby preventing any physical or structural change in the object through loss or absorption of moisture.

Warm air process

The ICM® process is based on the fact that insect proteins denature irreversibly at temperatures between 42-52°C, dependent on the species. The method was established more than 30 years ago and is 100% effective, quick and presents no risks to materials.

Next-generation treatment chambers

A second* generation of treatment chambers have now been developed under the ICM® brand, which outperforms other methods in terms of speed, ecological impact and capability. Ultrasonic, and hence very evenly spread, humidification and a sophisticated filtering technology (active carbon filters, HEPA) as well as 24/7 data mirroring and remote-control monitoring provide a managed and safe environment for the treatment of valuable and unique objects. 

From a conservation perspective the key to using warm air to eradicate insect pests is to maintain the equilibrium moisture content of the material during the warming-up, holding and cooling phases. This is achieved by using tailor made proprietary software to control the relative humidity (RH) and temperature of the atmosphere within the chamber, thereby preventing any physical or structural change in the object through loss or absorption of moisture.

Treatment options

IPARC provides treatments in its own ICM service centres in London and Brussels. Private individuals, foundations and institutions are regular clients. 

To book your object or collection for pest eradication – whether it is textile, sculpture, framed painting, panel paintings, polychromic and ethnographic objects or archive materials, our conservators are available to assess the objects for treatment. 

We typically require this type of information:

  • What the object is made of 
  • If possible, how and where it has been stored and for how long 
  • The full dimensions (H x W x D) of the object 
  • When you would like to have it treated 
  • Any other details or description regarding the general condition of the object 
  • Photographs are always appreciated.

An average treatment cycle in our service centre takes 24 hours. As such it is a valuable option for loans and quarantines. 

We recommend that you have your object treated by ICM® before commencing any conservation or consolidation work. Any infested object admitted into the IPARC studio will be treated prior to conservation. However, depending on the type of conservation, recently restored objects can be treated as well. We will be able to advise you on a case-by-case basis.

The mobile chamber system is integrated in a truck. It evolved from the static chambers that have operated since the mid 1980’s on the continent and in London since 1994. The owners or keepers of large collections of valuable works of art and antiques can treat their infested pieces on site. An on-site treatment in the mobile chamber minimizes the handling and movement of objects, avoids creating unnecessary security risks and obviates additional insurance cover.

The site should be equipped with the following infrastructure:

  • Accessibility for the 3,9 metres high, 9 metres long and 2,6 metres wide vehicle
  • Even and level surface to park the truck
  • 24/7 access to the truck for our staff
  • 380V/32A electrical connection, within 20m of the treatment
  • Running water/regular tap, within 20m of the treatment site
  • Preferably WIFI connection for remote access to the treatment control PC.

A typical treatment cycle in the mobile unit including loading and unloading takes 20 – 30 hours.

Following treatment, a report is provided with the graphs, pictures before and after treatment and relevant data (temperature, RH, length of holding phase). A Guarantee and Certificate of 100% success in eradiation of all stages in the life cycle of an insect is presented on payment of invoice.

Collection owners who require their own chamber on the premises have the option to lease or purchase a static chamber. Chambers are built to order, and sizes may vary according to the available space on site. Contracts include all costs of rental, installation, insurance of the chamber, programming, assessment by our staff and reporting and exclude energy costs. We deliver, install and operate worldwide. Our staff will assess the objects to be treated, will program the treatment cycle and will provide the reporting. Our maintenance network also spans across all continents.

References

  • MAS, Antwerp (B)
  • M HKA, Antwerp (B)
  • Gruuthusemuseum, Bruges (B)
  • Museum Vleeshuis, Antwerp (B)
  • FeliXart museum, Drogenbos (B)
  • Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (FR)
  • Musée d’Archéologie Nationale, Paris (FR)
  • Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History of Belgium, Brussels (B)
  • City museum, Lokeren (B)
  • Museum M, Leuven (B)
  • Museum of London (UK)
  • V&A Museum (UK)
  • British Museum (UK)
  • Whitworth Museum (UK)
  • Fitzwilliam Museum (UK)
  • The Barbican Arts Centre (UK)
  • Wellcome Collection (UK)
  • Trowbridge Museum (UK)
  • Ad Reinhardt
  • Adam Chodezko
  • Ai Weiwei
  • Alghiero E Boetti
  • Anselm Kiefer
  • Anthony Gormley
  • Antoni Tapies
  • Arne Quinze
  • Ashley Bickerton
  • Ashley Bickerton
  • Beatritz Milhazes
  • Ben Nicholson
  • Berlinde De Bruyckere
  • Brent Wadden
  • Bridget Riley
  • Carol Bove
  • Chris Offilli
  • Cildo Meireles
  • Cy Twombly
  • Dieter Roth
  • Doris Salcedo
  • Gabriel Orozco
  • Gerard Quenum
  • Giorgio de Chirico
  • Grayson Perry
  • Günther Förg
  • Heinz Mack
  • Henry Moore
  • Hermann Pitz
  • Howard Hodgkin
  • Howard Hogkin
  • Husain
  • Ibrahim Mahama
  • Imi Knoebel
  • Jake & Dinos Chapman
  • Jan Fabre
  • Jane Alexander
  • Jason Rhoades
  • Jenkin Van Zyl
  • Jera May
  • Joseph Beuys
  • Kaizawa Toru
  • Kees Van Dongen
  • Lee Borthwick
  • Lucio Fontana
  • Manjit Bawa
  • Mario Merz
  • Mark Dion
  • Maurizio Cattelan
  • Michael Joo
  • Michelangelo Pistolleto
  • Mike Nelson
  • Mimmo Rotella
  • Miroslaw Balka
  • Mona Hatoum
  • Monet
  • Nicholas Pope
  • Noble & Webster
  • Olga De Amaral
  • Oticica
  • Pascale Marthine Tayou
  • Pawel Althamer
  • Peter Dreher
  • Polly Morgan
  • Raymond Briggs
  • Richard Deacon
  • Robert Morris
  • Ron Mueck
  • Rosella Biscotti
  • Roy Oxlade
  • Sarah Lucas
  • Sergej Jensen
  • Sheila Gowda
  • Sheila Hicks
  • Teresinha Soares
  • Thomas Schuette
  • Todd James (REAS)
  • Topolski
  • Tracy Emin
  • Ugo Rondinoni
  • William Sasnal
  • Wolf Vostell
  • Zeng Fanzhi
  • Dulwich picture gallery (UK)
  • Guildhall art gallery (UK)
  • TATE (UK)
  • Timothy Taylor (UK)
  • Whitechapel Art Gallery (UK)
  • Stephen Friedman Gallery (UK)
  • Gagosian (UK)
  • The Hayward Gallery (UK)
  • Victoria Miro Gallery (UK)
  • Pace Gallery (UK)
  • Sam Fogg Ltd (UK)
  • Adrian Sassoon (UK)
  • White Cube (UK)
  • Watts Gallery (UK)
  • Alison Jacques Gallery (UK)
  • Cupio Gallery (UK)
  • Hauser and Wirth (UK)
  • Olivier Malingue (UK)
  • House of Illustration (UK)
  • Benappi Fine Art (UK)
  • John Martin Gallery (UK)
  • Laz Inc ltd (UK)
  • Anthony D’Offay (UK)
  • October Gallery (UK)
  • Serpentine Gallery (UK)
  • Royal Collection Trust (UK)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (UK)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (UK)
  • Barbican (UK)
  • Burghley House (UK)
  • Charles Dickens Museum (UK)
  • House of Commons (UK)
  • Geffrye Museum and Trust (UK)
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens (UK)
  • The Henry Moore Foundation (UK)
  • Hayward Gallery (UK)
  • Museum of London (UK)
  • The National Gallery (UK)
  • The National Portrait Gallery (UK)
  • The British Museum (UK)
  • The National Trust (UK)
  • Wellcome trust (UK)
  • West Dean College (UK)
  • The Courtauld Institute of art/The Courtauld Gallery (UK)
  • St Albans City and District Council (UK)
  • Strawberry Hill House (UK)
  • Royal Courts of Justice (UK)
  • Novium Museum & TIC (UK)
  • Southbank Centre (UK)
  • Gilbert and George (UK)
  • Anthony Gormley (UK)
  • Polly Morgan Studio (UK)
  • Alexander McQueen (UK)
  • Daily life Ltd (UK)
  • Lee Borthwick (UK)
  • Science Ltd (UK)
  • Arnold Wiggins and Sons (UK)
  • Cardinal Restoration (UK)
  • Freeland Restoration (UK)
  • H.J.Hatfield and Sons (UK)
  • Charles Perry Restoration (UK)
  • Plowden and Smith (UK)
  • Artefacts Conservation Service (UK)
  • NCS (UK)
  • Texterity (UK)
  • Janie Lightfoot Studio (UK)
  • Church of Saint-Martin, Aalst (B)
  • Church of Our Lady, Dendermonde (B)
  • Heritage Depot, Antwerp (B)
  • Church of Saint-Willibrord, Overbroek (B)
  • Church of Saint-Peter, Turnhout (B)
  • Church of Saint-Amand, Antwerp (B)
  • Church of Saint-Leonardus and Saint-Lenaarts, Brecht (B)
  • Church of Saint-Salvator, Harelbeke (B)
  • Our Lady Redemption chapel (Saint-Cross-Winkel), Oostakker (B)
  • Church of Saint-Job, St-Job-in-‘t-Goor (B)
  • Royal Collections Trust (UK)
  • English Heritage (UK)
  • Buckingham Palace (UK)
  • National Trust Ltd (UK)
  • Historic Royal Palaces (UK)
  • The Houses of Parliament (UK)
  • Royal Courts of Justice (UK)
  • The National Archives (UK)
  • Royal Horticultural Society (UK)
  • Mobull, Brussels (B)
  • Katoen Natie Art, Antwerp (B)
  • Air Sea Packing (UK)
  • Cadogan Tate (UK)
  • Constantine (UK)
  • Crown Fine Art (UK)
  • Gander and White (UK)
  • KPak (UK)
  • Martinspeed (UK)
  • Mtec (UK)
  • PACK & SEND (UK)
  • Williams and Hill (UK)
  • Tuplin (UK)
  • Momart (UK)
  • Oak Fine Art (UK)
  • Jayhawk (UK)
Julia Boston Ltd

By IPARC: International Platform for Art Research and Conservation

IPARC is the leading conservation company in the Benelux servicing museums and collectors with a one stop shop service package around 4 business lines:

  • Restoration-conservation of art works by a multidisciplinary team of masters in conservation for old master paintings, polychromic sculpture, stone objects, furniture, textile, metal, paper and visual media and contemporary art
  • Research and analysis: the lab provides different types of analyses with multispectral imaging such as X-ray, IRR, UV, Macro-XRF, SEM-EDX and other analyses to authenticate, date and research art works
  • Integrated pest management: a Thermo Lignum partner since 2013, IPARC has now joined forces with Thermo Lignum UK, presenting the next generation of chambers under the brand ICM (by IPARC)
  • Preventive conservation and collection services: services such as remote monitoring of climate conditions (Smartcare) and 2000 m2 climatized art storage at the facilities near Brussels enable collection owners to execute hassle free collection management.

All services can be offered at the headquarters in Brussels (in the vicinity of the airport) or on site. IPARC currently employs 21 people.

By IPARC: International Platform for Art Research and Conservation

IPARC is the leading conservation company in the Benelux servicing museums and collectors with a one stop shop service package around 4 business lines:

  • Restoration-conservation of art works by a multidisciplinary team of masters in conservation for old master paintings, polychromic sculpture, stone objects, furniture, textile, metal, paper and visual media and contemporary art
  • Research and analysis: the lab provides different types of analyses with multispectral imaging such as X-ray, IRR, UV, Macro-XRF, SEM-EDX and other analyses to authenticate, date and research art works
  • Integrated pest management: a Thermo Lignum partner since 2013, IPARC has now joined forces with Thermo Lignum UK, presenting the next generation of chambers under the brand ICM (by IPARC)
  • Preventive conservation and collection services: services such as remote monitoring of climate conditions (Smartcare) and 2000 m2 climatized art storage at the facilities near Brussels enable collection owners to execute hassle free collection management.

All services can be offered at the headquarters in Brussels (in the vicinity of the airport) or on site. IPARC currently employs 21 people.

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