Anti Static Bags: What You Need to Know
If you’ve bought an electronic device or computer equipment, you’ve noticed it likely comes shipped in anti-static bags. They keep these components from damage due to static electricity. If unprotected, static electricity causes significant damage to a device’s internal circuitry. Bagmart carries a wide variety of these bags in multiple sizes and colors, all designed to offer high levels of static protection.
Typically, there are two types of these bags: dissipative anti-static bags and static-shielding bags. Dissipative bags use polyethylene plastic material and typically come in either pink or black. As the material doesn’t hold a charge, static electricity can’t build up for items in the bag. However, these bags don’t protect components from a direct static discharge. Static-shielding bags consist of multiple materials and feature three distinct layers. These are bulkier compared to dissipative bags, and protect electronics from direct electrostatic discharges.
Benefits of Anti-Static Bags
For businesses that sell electronic components, using anti-static bags is beneficial for multiple reasons. First, they are relatively low-cost, meaning bulk purchases are easy. Also, the simple design of these bags means that they are easy to use. Finally, they protect electronic items from the risk of damage due to static electricity while in transit.
How to Use Them
Any electronic components placed in an anti-static bag will remain protected as long as they are in the bag. Once removed, however, they are more susceptible to electrostatic discharge, or ESD. There are additional products available for those looking for complete protection from ESD. These include anti-static mats, pads, and wrist straps. Once you remove the component from the bag, it’s recommended to place it somewhere resistant to ESD. A common mistake people make is to place devices such as hard drives on an anti-static bag, which doesn’t protect them.
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