Problems with Static in Industrial Environments

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Plastics, paper, and textiles are normally electrically neutral, meaning they have equal positive and negative charges. However, friction can make the material electrically charged. This is static and statically-charged objects can lead to the following problems in industrial environments:

  • Dust adhering to product
  • Product adhering to itself, rollers, machine beds or frames
  • Materials tearing, jamming or curling
  • Sheet-feeding problems
  • Hazardous sparks or shocks

Charged conductors, such as metals, discharge completely when grounded. Insulators , such as plastics, do not conduct electricity and cannot discharge when grounded. Grounded brushes or tinsel often have little effect on these surfaces.

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