Thursday, October 11, 2007

Is cardboard a problem in my EPA?

We have various types of cardboards (dissipative & insulating types) in our ESD protected manufacturing area. Is the cardboard static-generating material? Is it ok to have them in the EPA?

Any insulating material is likely to be static-generating. One problem with cardboard and paper is that they are very variable materials and their electrical properties vary with air humidity by several orders of magnitude. Under humid air conditions they could be dissipative but under dry air conditions they could be insulating and cause a problem. So, unless you have specific ESD grades, it is better to keep them out of the ESD Protected Area.

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