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Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Trays

Posted on July 29, 2022

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is a significant concern for manufacturers who make electrostatic-sensitive parts. As computer central processing units (CPUs) and other electronic parts become more packed with smaller transistors, devices and their electronic components become more sensitive to electrostatic discharge (ESD).

If you’re a manufacturer of ESD-sensitive products, then this piece is for you. MFG Tray, a premier material handling equipment manufacturer, discusses electrostatic discharge, what products are most vulnerable to electrostatic, and how to work safely to reduce product damage and work-related injuries.

What is Electrostatic Discharge?

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden release and flow of electric current between two electrically charged objects. In order for an ESD event to occur, there needs to be a build-up of an electrostatic charge.

Electrostatic build-ups occur when two different materials rub together. One becomes positively charged and the other negatively charged. The positively-charged material carries the electrostatic charge. When it comes into contact with the right material, the charge transfers, and an ESD event occurs.

Why Do Certain Industries Need to Eliminate ESD?

While it may feel like a small zap or nothing at all to humans, many electronic devices are highly susceptible to low-voltage ESD events and the heat they generate. When released into an electronic device, this heat can cause severe damage or even complete failure. A few of the products that are most sensitive to ESD include:

  • Circuit boards
  • Computer chips
  • Laser diodes
  • Light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
  • Resistors
  • Semiconductors
  • Transistors

To protect against workplace injuries, industries that work with gasses, oxygen, fuel vapors, or coal dust need to eliminate ESD. Reason being, the spark caused by an ESD event can cause fires and explosions.

Therefore, many manufacturers take various precautions and establish electrostatic protective areas to prevent an ESD event. From wearing the proper footwear and standing on the right floor mat to sporting anti-static wrist bands and handling materials in ESD-safe trays, there are many steps employers can take to keep their employees safe and their products top-notch.

The Handling Equipment You Need

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) TraysManufacturers need to find handling equipment that minimizes ESD. It’s the only way to safely and effectively convey, accumulate, and store static-sensitive parts and assemblies. At MFG Tray, we’ve created a line of ESD products, including trays, containers, and specialty handling equipment that dissipate ESD and have a surface resistivity of 105 to 1011 ohms/square.

MFG Tray’s Fibrestat products meet and exceed the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ESD S20.20 standards for ESD protection. MFG Tray’s composite material’s high conductivity and low electrical resistance ensure the safe transfer of electrostatic discharge away from sensitive assemblies. Moreover, they provide a safe place to store loaded circuit boards, microprocessors, and a huge variety of other electronic components.

Manufacturers can continually use Fibrestat ESD trays and ESD containers in temperatures ranging from -60° to 250° F (-51° to 121° C). These premium material handling trays and boxes are also resistant to cutting oils, greases, radiation, and mild acids and alkaline solutions within a pH rating of 3.0 – 10.0. Unlike other ESD handling equipment, MFG’s products can withstand harsh conditions without compromising product integrity.

The composite construction of these trays, totes, and containers ensures exceptional strength and durability. They also have ergonomic design features such as smooth surfaces and radial edges, which help with safe, secure handling.

Advantages of Using MFG Tray’s Fibrestat Products

Unlike other ESD handling equipment, MFG’s products can withstand harsh conditions without compromising product integrity.

The composite construction of these trays, totes, and containers ensures exceptional strength and durability. They also have ergonomic design features such as smooth surfaces and radial edges, which help with safe, secure handling.

MFG Tray Company produces our own fiberglass reinforced sheet molded compound and wet mix materials to manufacture products that ensure quality and precise process control.

Fibrestat products are manufactured by the thermoset process, enabling them to have permanent ESD properties over the life of the part, unlike thermoplastic and corrugated products.

Fibrestat products are more dimensionally consistent and structurally more robust than thermoplastic and corrugated products.

Fibrestat brand containers can be stacked securely and possess an extreme stack height capacity, unlike thermoplastic and corrugated products.

Staying Competitive with the Right Tools

There are already so many challenges for those in the semiconductor chip market. Between rapidly fluctuating customer demand, supply chain issues, and shipping problems, it’s important to streamline business wherever possible to stay ahead of the competition. Your material handling process and the equipment you use are excellent places to start.

In a market that’s supposed to reach well over $1 trillion by 2029, it’s critical that you stay ahead of your competitors to ensure you’re maximizing your potential profits. By keeping staff safe and products undamaged, your material handling processes can become your competitive advantage.

MFG Tray’s Fibrestat Products

MFG Tray engineers developed a line of Fibrestat containers to meet the highest demands for your industry. If you’re interested in learning more about our products and how they can help you streamline your material handling process, reach out by visiting our contact page.

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containers, trays, boxes, flats and totes for material handling in the metal working, plastics and electronics assembly industries, as well as in food service, confectionery and pharmaceutical processing.

MFG Tray continually develops customized solutions for specific material-handling challenges and applications. Customers are encouraged to contact MFG Tray to discuss any unique handling and design requirements.