Anti-static spray prevents the occurrence of static electricity by providing a thin, transparent coat to equipment. Anti-static sprays are effective in hard-to-reach places or blocked surfaces, for products that move at rapid speeds, and on surfaces with an extremely high static charge.
Anti static sprays can help to repel dust and eliminate static build-up on optics, disc drives, photographic materials, lenses, metal rollers and other places where static may be present. More so then other ESD products, anti static spray is an everyday item that is easy to use and has multiple benefits. When applied to a surface, the anti static spray is simply sprayed on and then wiped off, leaving behind nothing but a clean scent and no static buildup. It is not corrosive, but rather intensifies the contact resistance of the surface.
Anti-static sprays have many common household uses, such as rendering clothing, carpet, telephones, walls, ceilings, fixtures, tools and more static free. Industries such as the electronic, graphics, photography, printing and optics industries benefit from anti-static sprays. Since dust and static shock can harm electronics and led to data loss, anti-static sprays are useful in many applications.
Anti-static sprays are available in many sizes from a wide variety of manufacturers. They may also be purchased as part of a field service kit that includes such static control products as anti static gloves, static bags, static brushes and ionizers.
Static electricity is an electric charge caused by an imbalance of positive and negative charges. The creation of static electricity commonly occurs when two objects rub together, positively charging one object and negatively charging the other in a process known as tribocharging. The transfer of a positive charge from one object to another, results in a release of an electrical charge known as electrostatic discharge (ESD). The heat from an ESD event is so hot and intense that it can vaporize or melt tiny parts in sensitive equipment.
Even low voltage ESD events can cause problems. Static electricity may also result from exposure to an electrical field. Charged conductors, such as metals, can be grounded to completely discharge them, but insulators, such as plastics, cannot discharge, as they do not conduct electricity. Regardless of the material being plastic or metal, most electronic using companies keep special areas for their sensitive equipment called electrostatic protective areas, or EPAs.
It is an area where workers are conscious of what is coming in contact with every object and numerous static control products and techniques are being utilized.