How to Avoid Static Electricity Damaging Printers.

How to Avoid Static Electricity Damaging Printers.

12/08/2022 Information 0

How to Avoid Static Electricity Damaging Printers.

Static electricity: What Is It?

Electrostatic Discharge, sometimes referred to as ESD or substrate static electricity, is the abrupt and brief passage of an electric current between two electrically charged objects. ESD is frequently brought on by tribo-charging, a phenomenon associated with static electricity.

The transfer of electrical potential through the air between substrates that have just come into touch with one another or with printing equipment may result in ESD.

3 Ways to Eliminate Static Electricity Around Inkjet Printers

There are ways to keep the static electricity in your print business under control. While some printing businesses utilise low-tech gear specifically designed to reduce static electricity, others use basic methods.

Some of the best options are listed here:

  • Using an Industrial Humidification System

The first way to eliminate static electricity is by controlling the humidity in the air of your print environment. Operate your printer at a temperature of 20 to 32 °C (68 to 90 °F) and relative humidity of at least 40%. A commercial humidifier controls the moisture.

In the winter especially, adding moisture to the air reduces static electricity. This is so because water efficiently carries electricity. Potentially charged ions stick harmlessly to airborne moisture rather than your products and machinery.

During the summer, relative humidity often stays at the levels required to reduce static electricity.

Relative humidity is year-round controlled by equipment from businesses like Smart Fog, which also provides non-wetting moisture to the air at specific amounts. The ideal conditions for equipment and inks are 5 to 40°C (41 to 104°F) and relative humidity levels of 20 to 80 percent.

Too hot of a temperature can harm the ink and jam the printhead. Too-low temperatures might result in the ink freezing and harming the printheads.

  • Using Non-Conductive Mats

It is important to eliminate as much conductive material as possible through floor carpeting.

Static electricity can be reduced by using rubberized floor mats at workstations and non-conductive guards on metal surfaces.

  • Reduce Touch Points

Static electricity may be produced whenever two distinct conductive materials come into contact. The current will get stronger in areas with greater activity.

Therefore, separating print production equipment and workstations by at least a few inches is another approach to decrease static shocks.

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