Electrostatic discharge, commonly referred to as ESD, can cause device failure at the point of manufacture, assembly or in the hands of the consumer. This affects production yield, product reliability and profitability in the electronics market.
Moisture, temperature, materials and movement combine to create ESD which can damage printed circuit boards (PCB) and other sensitive equipment. The damage can be so minor that the chip will appear to function normally in some cases but not others.
As electronic devices become smaller and more complex, the more sensitive to ESD they become.
Labels For ESD Protection
Electronic manufacturers and assemblers are labeling more products for identification, tracking WIP, traceability for recall management, quality control, warranties, and compliance mandates.
It’s increasingly more important to use label materials designed to address two major ESD concerns that standard labels can present.
- First, they eliminate the charge generated when the label is removed from the liner that can discharge and destroy sensitive components during application.
- Second, after the label has been applied and during the label life, the label has been designed to prevent significant charge build-up on the label surface which can result in a static discharge event.
Every level of labeling products specifically for the electronic industry can play a role in offering anti-static protection:
- Electrostatic dissipative, RoHS compliant materials
- Humidity and temperature indicating inks
- Anti-static adhesives
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