Circuit & System Protection


Clearing the Static: Safe storage and transportation of ESD-sensitive components

30 May 2022 Circuit & System Protection


Greg Barron, Actum Group director

During storage and transportation outside of an ESD-protected area (EPA), it is recommended that ESD-sensitive items are enclosed in packaging that provides ESD shielding. In addition to effective static control within the workplace, safe transportation and storage are vitally important. All ESD-sensitive components should be kept safely at the same electrical potential for their entire lifecycle.

Corstat and Cortronic storage boxes are ideal for safe transportation of ESD-sensitive components, such as printed circuit boards. A soft, dissipative foam lining provides safe padding and removes static. These coated boxes are made from cardboard dipped in carbon and come flat-packed to enable assembly on site. Its static-dissipative skin and buried conductive core ensure electronic components are shielded from electrostatic discharges throughout transportation.

Another aspect to be aware of during product transportation or storage is humidity. It can lead to excessive moisture inside of packaging, which can potentially damage electronic components by causing corrosion and mould-attack. Desiccant bags absorb moisture inside of sealed packaging and will safeguard products during transportation or storage.

Tip-n-Tell and Drop-n-Tell shipping-incident and mechanical impact indicators detect all shipping irregularities without fail. If your shipping cartons need to be kept upright, these products are ideal.


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