What we experience as an unpleasant electrostatic shock in our everyday life, can cause complications or even dangerous situations in many industries.
Electrostatic shocks, also known as uncontrolled electrostatic discharges (ESD), are created when a charged object, in many occasions plastics, are in contact with other material. The easiest way to prevent the creation of static electricity is to replace the insulating plastic with the conductive one.
Why suffer from problems caused by uncontrolled static electricity if you can solve them easily with ESD control materials?
Uncontrolled electrostatic discharges (ESD) can lead to problems in many industries:
During electronics production and transportation, the uncontrolled electrostatic discharges can cause component failures and breakages. The smaller the electronics component, the more prone it is to static electricity.
Today ESD protection has become even more important, due to ever-decreasing size of electronics components.
Premix’s conductive and static dissipative plastic compounds protect components from ESD, thereby reducing the extent of hidden failures and guarantee a longer operation life for electronic devices.
In industrial environments, people and environment safety is a key issue when flammable and hazardous liquids, gases and powders are processed, transported and used. Static electricity may lead to problems in different manufacturing and material handling processes. Liquids and powder particles will charge up due to the material’s inner friction and the friction between the particles and the process equipment e.g. pipes, mixers and filters.
Premix’s electrically conductive PRE-ELEC® compounds and concentrates ensure a safe handling of dusts, powders and liquids also in EX-environments and other explosiv atmospheres. Light and corrosion resistant plastics are used for metal replacement, since their processing is easy and cost-efficient.
HOSPITAL AND HEALTHCARE
In hospital and other healthcare-related environments, static electricity may cause several risks: electrostatic shocks to personnel, electromagnetic interference to equipment, contamination through electrostatic attraction and ignition of flammable agents.
Groundable, electrically conductive and static dissipative plastics are one important way of minimising and preventing ESD risks in hospital and other healthcare environments. At Premix, we can improve the safety in the hospital environment by providing, for example, ESD control wheels for hospital beds.
WHAT IS THE MAGIC BEHIND PREMIX’S PRE-ELEC® COMPOUNDS?
It’s carbon black magic! Conductive carbon black is the most reliable and cost-efficient choice for producing electrically conductive plastic compounds.
The secret behind the perfect carbon black compound lies in three important factors:
- Selecting the optimal carbon black type for the purpose.
- Formulating the compound.
- Optimising the compounding technique.
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Mr Statix is made out of normal plastic and experiences therefore uncomfortable electric shocks in his everyday life.
Mr. Premix, on the other hand, is made out of electrically conductive plastic. Electrons move freely through him, saving him from painful electric shocks.
When a normal plastic material is in contact with another object the contact electrification leads to the separation of charges. This electric potential difference is what we call static electricity.
The electric charges discharge in uncontrolled manner when an charged object is in contact with a highly conductive material like Mr. Statix’s metallic car frame.
Electrostatic discharges can cause serious complications and dangerous situations for people, facilities, processes and products.
With Premix’s electrically conductive and static dissipative plastics we can eliminate the problems caused by electrostatic discharge making the world a more comfortable and safer place for all of us.