As a business owner, you’ll want to have the right packaging materials for your products or equipment. For electronics and computer parts, anti-static packaging is an absolute essential.

Many electronic components are extremely sensitive to electrostatic discharges and are at risk of being damaged. The underlying circuitry of components or microprocessors can be severely damaged by static electricity, leaving them worthless or “fried.”

The most prevalent cause of static electricity buildup is tribocharging. Tribocharging can be described as a type of contact electrification in which materials become electrically charged if they come into frictional contact with other materials.

Anti-static packaging can help protect electronics from being damaged. Dissipative anti-static bags and static-shielding bags are the two most frequent forms of anti-static bags, however most people just refer to them as “anti-static bags.”

Static shielding bags not only prevent static energy buildup, they also guard against electrostatic discharge (ESD). A static dissipative polyethylene inner part is surrounded by an aluminium shielding layer. The second layer is polyester, with a static dissipative coating as an exterior layer. Unlike anti-static bags, static shielding bags preserve electronics both inside and outside the container from static charges. Fabric is shaped into a bag or container of some form to give ESD protection, and goods are secured inside the bag. There is no guarantee of protection without a seal.

Anti static foam packaging

Anti-static foam is available in a variety of formats. Black conductive foam, pink anti-static foam, memory foam sheet and anti-static rolls are just a few of the many options. You can use these variations to block ESD regardless of whether your item is oddly shaped, extremely big, or incredibly little, for example.

High density polyethylene (HDPE), low density polyurethane, and high density polyurethane are some of the most common materials used by manufacturers to create anti-static foam. Closed cell, stiff, and dense HDPE foam is anti-static. As an insert liner, it works wonderfully. Anti-static polyurethane foams, both low and high density, are soft, open cell foams that operate best as a shock absorber.

How does anti-static packaging work?

Anti-static foam is one of the safest materials for electronic products packaging. The reason for this is that this type of foam has an anti-static substance that prevents it from creating static charge, even when rubbed against itself.

Although the foam does not produce any static charge, it does allow the charge to pass through it in a controlled way. To look at it another way, if the electronics in the container release any form of charge, the foam will allow it to pass through.

Putting the product in a shielding bag is the best approach to manage this. This type of foam can be used to pack a variety of electronic devices.

Some of the functionalities for anti-static foam include:

  • Packing printed circuit boards
  • Storing semiconductors
  • Storing a variety of electronic items.

Custom foams inserts from MSA

MSA offers a selection of anti-static packaging options for you to choose from. Using our foam cutting equipment and as the nation’s biggest foam cutting team, we’ll gladly assist you in producing a protective foam solution that matches your business’ specific needs. To find out more, read our blog which explains all the industries which can benefit from anti-static foam or contact a member of our team today for more information.