Static Shielding Bags or Anti-Static Bags. Which Do You Need?
Static shielding and anti-static bags seem to used interchangeably everywhere. You will even notice when you search the web, Wikipedia offers both terms as synonyms. However, the truth is there are massive difference between the two. With the help of EDCO Supply, we will explain to you the variable differences between static shielding and anti-static bags.
Materials that experts say are ´anti-static´ help prevent the build-up of static electricity. The material itself does not generate or hold an electrical charge, meaning it will not carry static into a static controlled environment. However, these materials do NOT protect from electrostatic discharge.
Anti-static bags are ideal for packaging non-static sensitive parts mainly used in the manufacturing of electronics. Such examples can include the following:
- Network Cards
- Circuit Boards
- Sensitive Electronic Components
The design of static shielding materials help to prevent the build-up of static electricity as well as protecting products from electrostatic discharge. The technology uses a multi-layer system, all surrounded by a layer of aluminium shielding.
Static Shielding Bags
Static shielding bags are designed to protect components from static charges both inside and outside the bag. Some key advice would be that you should always ensure your static shielding bags come with a seal. The seal acts as a guarantee of protection. Furthermore, be sure to pad sharp components as opposed to stapling them. The staples can compromise the static shielding qualities of the bag. Intercompany transfers widely use static shielding bags.
So which bag is for you? It all depends on the products you are wanting to send as well as where you will be sending them. The US military requires all electronic components to be packaged in materials that meet the stringent specifications of MIL-PRF-81705, which is a static shielding material. If you are not shipping or storing electronic components or items that can be damaged by static, but your products may be shipped to an area that is static controlled, you can get by with the pink poly, anti-static material.
Should you have any doubts about sending products with static shielding and anti-static bags, then you should contact EDCO Supply. Industry experts on military spec packaging, they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Give them a call on 718 788 8108.