Static electricity can be a persistent challenge that affects productivity, safety, and equipment performance in commercial and industrial environments. That's why static control solutions are vital for maximizing the lifespan of your operations.
These products provide a reliable and budget-friendly way to tackle static-related issues in your pneumatic systems. Overall, this ensures superior-quality equipment and accessories for your business.
At Orange Coast Pneumatics, we offer an expansive selection of static control solutions. Continue reading to discover their purpose, applications, and benefits.
What is Industrial Static Control?
Industrial static control refers to the range of measures and solutions implemented to manage static electricity in various manufacturing and production environments. Static electricity can build up in pneumatic systems, causing a range of issues, such as:
- Part Contamination
- Equipment Malfunction
- Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Damage…
…and even personnel safety hazards! Static control equipment eliminates or neutralizes static charges to ensure smooth operations and maintain product integrity.
What is an Example of a Static Control System?
One example of a static control system is the use of various static control products. These products are designed to neutralize or eliminate static charges in different areas of your facility.
They include static removal ionizers, sensors, and static control vacuums. Let's take a closer look at each of these types of static eliminators.
What are the Different Types of Static Eliminator?
Bar ionizers are devices that use high-voltage electrodes to generate positive and negative ions. These ions are then released into the surrounding air, neutralizing static charges on nearby objects and surfaces.
Bar ionizers are often used in manufacturing processes where static build-up is a concern, such as in cleanrooms, assembly lines, and packaging operations. They are particularly effective in eliminating static on non-conductive materials like plastics, films, and textiles.
When should you use an ionization machine to reduce static?
You should use an ionization machine to reduce static in the following situations:
- Cleanroom Environments
- Electronics Manufacturing
- Manufacturing & Assembly Processes
- Medical & Pharmaceutical Applications
- Packaging & Printing Operations
Cleanrooms require a controlled environment free from contaminants. Static charges can attract particles and compromise the cleanliness of the space. An ionization machine helps to eliminate static charges, minimizing the risk of contamination and maintaining the desired cleanroom conditions.
Static electricity poses a significant risk in electronics manufacturing, as it can damage sensitive electronic components. Ionization machines are commonly used in areas where static control is crucial, such as assembly lines, testing stations, and electronic device packaging.
They help safeguard electronic components from electrostatic discharge (ESD) and minimize the risk of costly failures or product defects.
Manufacturing & Assembly Processes
In manufacturing and assembly operations — especially those involving non-conductive materials like plastics, films, or textiles — static charges can accumulate and interfere with the production process. An ionization machine can neutralize the static charges, preventing issues such as material sticking, misalignment, or product defects.
Medical & Pharmaceutical Applications
In medical and pharmaceutical settings, maintaining a static-free environment is critical to prevent contamination and ensure the integrity of sensitive products. Ionization machines can be employed to eliminate static charges on equipment, workstations, and packaging materials, minimizing the risk of particle attraction and maintaining product quality.
Packaging & Printing Operations
Static electricity can cause challenges during packaging and printing processes. It can lead to issues like misfeeds, jams, and poor print quality. An ionization machine can effectively neutralize static charges on packaging materials, printing substrates, or equipment surfaces, ensuring smooth operation and high-quality results.
It's important to note that the specific need for an ionization machine will vary depending on the nature of the business, the industry, and the unique requirements of the application. Conduct a thorough assessment of the static-related challenges in your operations to determine your specific needs.
Sensors for Controlling Static
Sensors for controlling static are sophisticated devices that monitor and measure static charges in real-time. They provide valuable feedback and data to help your business identify areas of high static charge and implement targeted static control solutions.
These sensors can be integrated into existing equipment and systems, enabling continuous monitoring and adjustment to ensure optimal static control. By utilizing static sensors, you can proactively identify and address potential issues before they impact your operations.
Static Control Vacuums
Static control vacuums are specialized vacuum cleaners designed to eliminate static charges while simultaneously cleaning up dust and debris. These vacuums use various techniques to prevent the build-up and discharge of static electricity during the vacuuming process, such as:
- Conductive Hoses
- Grounding Straps
- Anti-Static Filters
Static control vacuums are commonly used in cleanrooms, electronics manufacturing, and other sensitive environments where static-free cleaning is essential.
Find the Best Static Control Devices at OC Pneumatics
In conclusion, static control solutions play a crucial role in maintaining the efficiency and safety of pneumatic systems in industrial and commercial operations. By implementing effective static control measures, you’ll mitigate the negative effects of static electricity, including equipment malfunction, product contamination, and personnel hazards.
To find reliable, budget-friendly static control solutions for your pneumatic systems, look to OC Pneumatics. We offer a comprehensive range of superior-quality static control products that cater to the diverse needs of industrial and commercial operations.
Our selection includes bar ionizers, sensors for controlling static, static control vacuums, and more. To ensure optimal performance, enhanced safety, and improved productivity in your operations, reach out to our team today.
By neutralizing static electricity, our IZS bar style Ionizer prevents damage to work pieces caused by sticking. Static charge removal time can be reduced with an optional sensor that directly senses charge allowing the removal of static electricity at high speed (0.3s) by generating the appropriate ion polarity. Needle cartridges can be replaced quickly to reduce down time. The IZS bar style Ionizer is available in various lengths to meet the specific needs of your work area.
SMC offers two industrial static control options for compact or confined target treatment areas. The IZN Nozzle Ionizer is a palm-sized, self-contained static control device with a cable for PLC I/O and power supply connections. The IZT43 pairs a smaller ionizing head with separate power supply and control modules, for even more confined applications up to 3m from the operator's workstation.
Unlike bar or nozzle types, this fan ionizer does not require a pneumatic air supply. The fan draws in ambient air, then ionizes the air with four electrodes located around the perimeter of the discharge grill. The fan can be wired into a 24VDC machine power supply, or use the optional 120V AC adapter. The small form factor adapts well to enclosure mounting, or select the benchtop mounting bracket for free positioning.
The IZG combines a compressed air blow gun with an AC ion stream for static treatment during manual operations. The IZG is fully loaded with fatigue reducing and energy saving functions.
SMC offers products for detecting static in your applications. If you have numerous areas that are prone to generating static, the IZH10 handheld electrostatic meter is a useful tool to diagnose the presence and intensity of electrostatic fields before solutions are implemented. Once ionizers have been deployed, this mobile device can also be used to monitor their success and watch for maintenance opportunities. If a permanent installation is desired, the IZD10 electrostatic sensor can be paired with the IZE11 sensor monitor for ongoing observation in a fixed location. The IZE11 monitor translates the IZD10 sensor's output into an LED display of the static level, as well as two user definable switch outputs and ananalog output. These outputs can trigger maintenance alarms or operation signals for the bar and nozzle ionizers.
The ZVB is a cleaning device for small and medium parts sensitive to static and static-induced dust adhesion. The Ion Box combines three functions - static neutralization, dust removal, and dust collection. Operation begins when a part enters the box and is detected by a photoelectronic sensor. Static removal and vacuum dust collection begin immediately, followed by an air blow. The duration of treatment can be selected by a set switch on the control panel. Suitable workpieces include optical glass, resin molded materials, circuit boards and medical devices.
Antistatic fitting and tubing is made from a conductive resin is making them ideal for high static environments.
Anti-static suction cups are available in conductive NBR or anti-static urethane. The urethane pad surface resistance 109 to 1011Ω. Anti-static vacuum pad attachment is made from a conductive PEEK material