When it comes to preserving electronics, packaging is king. Effective packaging keeps products from accumulating dust, allowing them to maintain their new and attractive appearance and quality. It also protects them from physical trauma, moisture, and perhaps most importantly, electrostatic discharge (ESD), which is essentially the result of rubbing your socks against the carpet. As harmless as that may sound, most electronics are actually so vulnerable to ESD that even a tiny fraction of the electricity that one produces from rubbing their socks to the carpet would be enough to ruin most devices. This is why we have ESD packaging containers. The question, thus, is what kind is right for your products. In this article, we are going to explore the difference between antistatic bags and static shielding bags.
Static Shielding Bags
Here you have a type of container whose sole purpose is to protect your most vulnerable electronic devices from the threat of ESD related damage. The key is to minimize the amount of friction that the bag or the product produces in transit, both within and outside of the bag. We achieve this goal by coating the interior with static dissipative polyethylene. We layer that interior with aluminum, which allows for ESD sensitive products to make physical contact with static producers without the risk of a shock. And then, last but not least, we have the exterior, which is a polyester material that further fends off the risk of any static whatsoever. This combination, in congress, brings the risk of static charges damaging your product nearly to zero.
There are several grades of ESD protection from which one can choose. There’s Intimate Packaging, which is essentially the top notch quality that allows products to come into direct contact with static producing materials without any risk of generating a damaging shock. There’s Proximity Packaging, which is a step down in that it can enclose the product, which lowers the risk of if coming into contact with static producing materials. This is the category in which antistatic bags will fall. They are effective when handled with care. But they do require an additional level of care in comparison with their static shielding bag counterparts.
This is the third tier of the ESD preventative packaging hierarchy. One can only use secondary packaging for protecting against physical trauma. But it has no capacity to protect against the effects of ESD, meaning it is, for all intents and purposes, useless when it comes to packaging and transporting valuable electronics that are sensitive to ESD. This is something you’ll want to keep in mind if you care about your products.
To learn more about Edco Supply Corporation’s static shielding bags, antistatic bags, desiccant bags, and other forms of military specification, or mil spec packaging, give them a call today at 800-221-0918 for more information.