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What is ESD and how Can You Protect Plastic?

Specialty Compounding

Designing plastic parts comes with many challenges and problems that need to be solved. The benefits of working directly with a specialty compounding company in NY allow designers to acquire unique and highly specific plastic for end-use applications. The best specialty compounding NY has to offer solves design challenges with a varying array of thermoplastic compounds.

One of the biggest issues manufacturers and designers must deal with when building plastics parts is the dangers of electrostatic discharge (ESD). ESD is considered the transference of electrical potential when two different materials (with charges) come into proximity or touch. This common phenomenon is often referred to as a static shock. In many instances, ESD is barely measurable, but measurements can be measured up to hundreds of millions of volts in certain situations. Specialty compounding can add anti-static properties to plastic based on the needs of specific applications.

When not managed properly, ESD can damage and destroy sensitive electronic components, and it can even alter and erase magnetic data/media. In a worst-case scenario, ESD can set off explosions and cause fires. It is possible to control ESD by using materials that do not generate and hold high charge levels. Ideally, the material chosen provides easy dissipation of charges before they can reach hazardous levels.

It is possible to add anti-static properties along with other hyper-specific characteristics. Controlling ESD does not mean that other performance qualities must be compromised. The best specialty compounding NY has to offer to provide custom solutions and precise combinations of compounds.

Other common characteristics include:

  • UV Protection
  • Formability
  • Wear Resistance
  • Colorability
  • Impact Strength
  • Flame Retardance
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