If you need anti-static packaging, you’ve come to the right place. Since 1967, Indepak has been a leader in the thermoforming industry, including the production of custom electronics packaging for static-sensitive products. Here’s a quick look at anti-static packaging and how we can help.
Anti-static Packaging: What Does It Mean?
Computer parts and electronic components are particularly sensitive to static electricity, and anti-static packaging is what we use to protect these static-sensitive items. Sometimes this will be known as ESD packaging, which stands for electro-static discharge. Sometimes you also will hear the terms dissipative and conductive in regards to anti-static packaging. These terms all have slightly different meanings, and the type of ESD or anti-static packaging you need will be determined by many factors.
1. Anti-static Packaging Keeps Your Products Clean
While you probably are quite familiar with the negative impact static may inflict on your static-sensitive products, static also attracts dust, which can make your product look less attractive and the dust can damage products, as well. Anti-static packaging, therefore, also protects your precious products or components from dust, which is just another advantage inherent with this type of packaging. In fact, using anti-static packaging can be a good option for non-electronic items, keeping these products free from dust.
2. Anti-static Is Not Just About Packaging
While the team here at Indepak is all about your packaging, you might find it interesting to note that the anti-static industry concerns more than packaging. In fact, there are companies that produce protective anti-static shoes, gloves and clothing specifically for people who may come into contact with harmful level of static electricity. This anti-static gear can be a boon to any company that produces anti-static parts or products, as using this gear in your assembly line can protect your static-sensitive products. Anti-static and static dissipative flooring also can be found in many factories that produce static-sensitive products.
3. Anti-static & Sustainability Aren’t Mutually Exclusive
Virtually all of the materials we use here at Indepak are recyclable. Many materials, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), simply can be tossed into your curbside recycling bin. Many different types of thermoforming materials can also be recycled, and there are companies which can process packaging for recycling.
In general, most thermoform plastics can be recycled, whether they possess anti-static properties or not. Most curbside recycling programs will accept both PET and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). These two types of thermoform plastic are identified with resin identification codes of 1 and 2, respectively. Other plastics, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and polypropylene (PP) increasingly are being accepted by these curbside programs, as well, but all three can be recycled.
4. Anti-static Packaging Comes In Many Forms
When it comes to anti-static packaging, you might just be thinking about those handy anti-static bags, but rigid materials can be used for your packaging. At Indepak, we can process rigid thermoform plastic materials for your static-sensitive products. Our anti-static packaging options include materials from dissipative to conductive, depending on your needs. Our design team can create affordable, high-quality blister packaging, different types of trays, clamshell packaging or inserts for your products.
Computer Chips in Thermoformed Tray