Electrostatic Discharge: Everything You Need To Know

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When you own a business, you have to fulfill orders, even if they’re in a different state or country.  In order to keep your customers happy, you should have a system that allows you to deliver your products in a timely and efficient manner.  More specifically, clients expect that their products arrive in perfect condition; the same quality that they would receive if they picked the package up at your store.  To do so, you should protect your packages from potential threats.  Aside from water damage, mold, and rust, you should also be aware of electrostatic discharge (ESD).


What is electrostatic discharge?

ESD is a discharge of electric current between two objects with different charges and different numbers of electrons.  This happens when the two objects are brought close together or when the dielectric between them breaks down, which can actually create a visible spark.  Although ESD can create a spark, it can also have no physical reaction, but still cause damage to electronic devices.


How does ESD affect electronic devices?

The problem with ESD is that it can enter devices and cause damage to the internal circuitry.  Each device can be affected differently, depending on its sensitivity to ESD.  If the internal components are affected, then it causes the whole electronic device to stop working.  In addition, it may not have an immediate effect on the device; the effects can be seen over time.


How do I prevent ESD from affecting my packages?

As mentioned, you’ll be shipping your devices all over the country, as well as putting them in long-term storage.  This means that you need to have the right packaging to keep your items safe from ESD.  More specifically, you should use anti-static bags.  Anti-static bags create a Faraday cage effect in order to shield electronic devices from electrostatic discharge.


Edco Supply Corporation is one of the largest manufacturers and converters of anti-static bags.  To satisfy your clients’ orders, make sure to use these bags so that their devices arrive in great condition.  To learn more, contact us today.

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