The Basics of Anti-Static Packaging
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Anti-static packaging and static shielding packaging are more complex than you might have thought. This type of packaging is key for maintaining a product’s safety and prolonging its lifespan in benefit of both the manufacturer and the consumer. (Related topics: protective packaging, anti-static bags)
Anti-static packaging is the term we use to describe any material that protects products and components from static energy. But this protection can come at different levels, making its effectiveness vary from one material to the other and from product to product.
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If you’re a manufacturer, you need to establish good relationships with packaging professionals if you want the quality and accuracy of your packaging to be top of the line. On the consumer side, you need to make sure your packages have a purpose and treat them correctly if you want to avoid wasting money in vain due to poor handling on your part. Naturally, labeling is important for both the manufacturer and the consumer when it comes to avoiding most of these issues.
In case you didn’t know anti-static packaging is not limited to bags, there’s also stretch film and tubing that can be used for these purposes. As long as the contents are sealed inside, they will remain safe.
These are some various types of anti-static packaging you can come across with:
Static-Dissipative Bags and Tubing
This is the traditional pink anti-static also known as pink-poly. This is the least expensive alternative, but not necessarily the most effective. These pink poly packages dissipate the static but are unable to protect its contents from an electrostatic discharge, unlike other anti-static materials.
However, adding a humectant additive to this low -density polyethylene, water molecules can be pulled from the air, creating a protective shield around the packaging, which will diminish the buildup of damaging static.
Static-Shielding Bags and Tubing
This material can also be found under transparent metallic shielding. It comes as bags and tubestock, and its multiple layers help it protect electronic components and other products from electrostatic fields.
This semi-transparent, metallic and multilayered material has a low-charging and static-dissipative outer layer, a mild metallic layer that suppresses electric fields and a polyester inner layer for strength and resistance.
The bags come in a metal-in form that is more durable, yet cheaper, or in a metal-out form that offers faster static-dissipation, and, although it is the best option between the two, it is also more expensive.
This tubestock or lay-flat bagging material is known as black conductive because it is made out of a single layer carbon-load polyethylene, which is a conductive material that can protect components from the buildup of isolated static charges. However, this material can be easily customized.
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