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Anti-static Bubble Wrap - Melden Packaging Supplies blog

Why use Anti-static Bubble Wrap ?

Static electricity is an imbalance of electrical charges within or on the surface of a material. The charge remains stored until it is able to move by means of an electrical current or electrical discharge. This discharge is known as an Electrostatic Discharge or ESD.

A static electrical charge is created whenever two surface contact and separate, and at least one of the surfaces has a high resistance to electrical current and is therefore an electrical insulator.  The effects of static electricity are familiar to most people because we can feel, hear and see the spark as the static electricity is discharged.

One of the most common forms of ESD is through human contact with sensitive devices. We can only detect ESD levels that exceed 4000 Volts. However, a recent investigation has found that our body and clothing can store between 500 and 2500 Volts during a normal day. This is more than enough to cause damage to electrical circuits, without us being aware of the discharge. In most cases, it is not a single discharge but multiple discharges that damage electrical components and semi-conductors.  These multiple charges can take place when you are handling sensitive components without wearing an antistatic strap, or during transport.

If your products are not properly packaged, it can create a build-up of static electricity which can damage your electrical components. That is why it is standard practice to use conductive packaging like antistatic bags and anti-static bubble wrap when packaging sensitive electrical equipment.

Antistatic bubble wrap has a distinctive pink colour, which comes from the chemical coating that was used to create a conductive layer on the bubble wrap. As we all know, everything in nature wants to travel on the path of the least resistance, and electricity is no different. The anti-static bubble wrap, therefore creates a conductive cocoon around the components which will effectively transfer any electrical discharge around whatever is inside the packaging, therefore relaying the ESD away from your electrical components.

At Melden Packaging, we have a wide range of antistatic bubble wrap to suit your packaging needs. We can supply the Anti-static wrap in 1220mm x 100m rolls, bubble wrap bags, bubble wrap envelopes, Single/Double sided cushion craft and 1220mm x 48m rolls.

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