Wait! Aren’t all plastics conductive? Aren’t plastics the ultimate insulators? You’re right-plastics are used extensively in many industries, including electronics, as insulators. But plastics are not just naturally dissipative; most of them are made that way using additives. Let’s examine how anti-static, conductive, and dissipative plastics are produced and classified.
In order to understand how this works, let’s take a second to examine the phenomenon of electrostatic charge and conductivity. An electrostatic charge is one that occurs when two objects touch each another. One object becomes positively charged and the other becomes negatively charged. Electro static dissipation (ESD) can destroy sensitive electronic components, erase or alter magnetic media, and even set off fires or explosions. Conductive, antistatic and dissipative plastics materials are used to minimize this risk.Read More