Anti-static bags and static shielding bags might seem like interchangeable terms, but the reality is they are very different in terms of functionality. Protective packaging is very important, especially when you are dealing with materials that generate static electricity. The last thing you want is static discharges occurring during the time in which your customer’s materials are being shipped or stored. EDCO Supply Corporations provides businesses with a variety of options for anti-static bags and static-shielding bags that are safe and completely meet industry standards. We will discuss the differences between anti-static bags and static shielding bags below to help you determine which one is best for your business needs.
Anti-static materials are used to prevent the buildup of static electricity by utilizing materials that will not generate or hold a charge. The materials create a static controlled environment. These materials do not protect against ESD or electrostatic discharge, but they are ideal for a variety of products. Use anti-static materials for containing non-static sensitive parts that are used for electronics manufacturing. Things like nuts, bolts, or manuals that will be utilized in electronics manufacturing are ideal for these types of protective packaging.
Static shielding bags have anti-static properties, prevent the buildup of static electricity, and also protect materials from electrostatic discharge. They are multi-layered bags that create a Faraday cage effect which will protect the materials contained inside of the protective packaging from electrostatic discharges. The inner layer of the bag is usually polyethylene surrounded by aluminum shielding. The next layer is typically polyester with the outside made of a static dissipative coat. The main difference between anti-static bags and static shielding bags is that static shielding bags provide protection from static on the inside and on the outside. The bag has to be fully sealed to fully protect the materials inside. Be careful if you are packaging items with sharp corners or staples, as a breach in the bag can compromise the static shielding power of the bag.
As you can see, these bags are intelligently designed and provide great protection for items that demand protection from static electricity. The bag that is right for you depends on the items that you are planning to store within the protective packaging. If you are shipping electronic components you should probably go with the static shielding bags. However, if you only need to store items in a static controlled area, anti-static bags will suffice. For more information or to place an order, please call us now at 718-788-8108.