With the ever-increasing population and real-time global connectivity, electronics has become one of the fastest growing industries in our modern society.
Constant innovation in the fields of smartphones, tablets, laptops, gaming devices, video recorders and television to achieve better and smarter outcomes increases the need for packaging material to provide safe, easy to handle, lightweight, and inexpensive material that keeps the product safe from Electro Static Discharge (ESD).
What is ESD Packaging?
ESD, an acronym for Electro Static Discharge, refers to the sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects caused by contact, an electrical short, or dielectric breakdown. A buildup of static electricity can be caused by tribocharging or by electrostatic induction.
Even minor electric currents can cause damage to sensitive and expensive electrical components and, in more extreme cases, lead to fire or explosion. To put this into perspective, a static ESD of as low as 25 volts can damage a microelectronic part, and the static generated through ESD could be as high as 20,000 to 45,000 volts under certain conditions (material type, humidity, contact type, etc.).
Types of ESD Packaging Materials
ESD packaging material is the material utilized to reduce the buildup of static electricity under certain or all conditions when used for highly sensitive electrical parts. There are three types of ESD packaging materials classified by how quickly electrons move through the material. Click on the links below for more information on the available grades of ESD packaging material:
What type of ESD packaging material is right for you?
To design the packaging material, it is very important to understand the final end-use application, material cost, storage and environmental conditions (humidity), product ESD sensitivity, shelf life, aesthetics, primary or secondary packaging, type of packaging- disposable or reusable, testing conditions, etc. We at Impact Plastics understand your packaging needs and would be happy to design the perfect ESD protective packaging material that will keep the electrical part safe be it temporary or permanent.
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