At Ai Plastics, we supply SciCron antistatic sheets to the UK market, spanning multiple applications such as food production and manufacturing.
Covers, windows, instruments, partitions, keypads and shields are just some of the various types of media that make up the large family of anti-static plastics.
These bespoke materials can be designed with chemical resistance, light-weight, surface hardness and static dissipation in mind, giving customers their exact material requirements, across a wide arena of applications. Each solution is engineered to meet the needs of both every day and niche challenges.
The regulations imposed by the FDA in the food and beverage industry, represent just one example where antistatic plastic must meet specific criteria. Its benefits ensure that dust, pollutants and mites will not be found on products for human consumption.
Such material is also used in other controlled environments, such as within hospital operating rooms.
They are also implemented within production and manufacturing facilities. Because synthetic plastic is an insulator which does not promote the flow of electricity through its structure, some manufacturing processes – such as cutting processes and exposure to UV – can create a build-up of inherently hazardous static charge where there are combustible liquids or powders present.
As such, anti-static properties must therefore be designed, to mitigate the risk of ignition, protecting both life and machinery. For example, ESD workbenches are suitable for static-controlled areas within manufacturing, which are grounded for the safe discharge of static electricity.
In the steel industry, antistatic coatings are used to help deaden sound, provide wear and abrasion resistance, as well as partial protection from scratching in products and finishes.