What happens if you staple ESD Bags shut?
What happens if you staple ESD Bags shut? Does that damage the ESD Bag’s effectiveness? What if the ESD Bag is heat sealed shut & a staple on the seam is used to attach paperwork?
Protektive Pak ESD Shielding Bags have a layer of metalized film which creates continuous conductive enclosure or Faraday Cage to provide electrostatic shielding protecting the ESD sensitive devices placed inside the Bag. The use of stapling to close ESD Bags is counter productive and not recommended. The metal staple provides a conductive path from the outside of the ESD Bag to the inside. The use of a metal staple would undermine the effectiveness of the ESD Bag making a conductive path for charges outside the Bag to charge outside the Bag to charge or discharge to ESD sensitive components inside the Bag.
To close the ESD Bag, it is recommended to heat seal, or use Protektive Pak ESD Labels after the opening of the bag has been folded over.
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Carefully locating the staple to only the seam of the Protektive Pak Statshield® Bag would theoretically make it part of the “continuous conductive enclosure” and be acceptable. However, we are not aware of any end user using this method and cannot recommend it. The staple would be an exposed conductor that could charge or discharge to ESD sensitive devices.
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Posted on February 29, 2012, in ESD Bags, ESD Information, ESD Tips and tagged Continuous Conductive Enclosure, ESD Bag Damage, ESD Event, ESD Sensitive Components, Faraday Cage, Heat Seal. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.