FAQ: Are Your Foam Materials Anti-Static?

“Are your foam materials anti-static?” This is the latest question in our FAQ series.

Before we learn more about anti-static foam materials, let’s remember what static is. Kids quickly learn that shuffling their feet on the carpet and touching a friend results in a tiny shock. That tiny shock is the discharge of static electricity. A build-up of static electricity happens anytime items rub against each other.  Like taking off a jacket and finding your shirt sticks to you. That’s static caused by your jacket rubbing against the shirt.

Why could static be a problem? Sensitive items such as computer chips can be damaged by a discharge of static electricity. The slight movements during shipping cause items to rub against the packaging material. Using anti-static packaging materials limits static build-up, reducing the risk of static discharge.

That’s why AIREHIDE® includes two specialty anti-static grades expanded polypropylene (EPP). Specialty anti-static EPP grades allow static build-up to dissipate. AIREHIDE® anti-static grades have been tested for surface resistivity. AIREHIDE® EPP is perfect for shipping your delicate instruments.

AIREHIDE® Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) is a highly versatile closed-cell bead foam that provides a unique range of properties, including outstanding energy absorption, multiple impact resistance, thermal insulation, buoyancy, water and chemical resistance, exceptionally high strength to weight ratio and 100% recyclability.

AIREHIDE® EPP is 100% recyclable even in specialty anti-static grades.

Yes! AIREHIDE® EPP anti-static grade material is a perfect material when you need anti-static!

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