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Anti Static vs Conductive Foam Roll | Polyethylene Foam Safety & Properties

Anti Static Roll VS Conductive Foam Roll

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This article, we talked about the anti static roll VS conductive foam roll , Polyethylene foam properties, and difference of anti static and conductive polyethylene foam roll.

You might have asked yourself, what is the big difference is between anti Static ESD foam and conductive foam? The differences are significant, although one is not necessarily better than the other. Which one you choose depends on what your needs are.

Anti Static VS conductive foam are both polyethylene foam ,Black color , safety , similar properties, with quite small difference.  foor more polyethylene foam material , please refer to my previous articles about the ESD PE foam.

Anti Static polyethylene foam roll(surface resistance 10e6-10e9)

Anti static polyethylene foam used for the fine electronic sensitive components packaging and protection. because the static release slowly by the anti static foam which protecting the loaded components.

Anti Static polyethylene foam Properties

  • Excellent electrical conductivity,Foam surface resistance:10e6-10e9
  • Density 2.5-6.25 lb/ft
  • Antistatic low charging – minimizing electrostatic charge generation
  • No chemical corrosion: It has no corrosion to the components and packaging
  • Buffer good performance,ideal for protecting the devices.
  • Provides protection from physical shock during handling, packaging, shipping, and storage of ESD sensitive devices
  • Ideal for longterm use
  • Easy to adapt for custom uses by die-cutting, laminating, etc.
  • Non-contaminating, non-corrosive, and non-sloughing
  • Temperature resistance:IXPE maximum temperature 80℃.

Anti Static polyethylene foam Usage Consideration

  • Not recommend for lead insertion applications.
  • When exposed to the environment, the foam will not discolor over time
  • When cutting or laminating, the foam surface resistance will change a little.

Anti Static Roll Applications

Electronics sensitive components, medical equipment, fine devices and so on.

Conductive foam(surface resistance 10e3-10e6)

There are two types conductive foams, one is conductive polyethylene foam. The other one is conductive sponge with conductive cloth on the surface. Here we mainly talked about the conductive polyethylene foam, which help to rapidly release the electrostatic without using the environmental humidity.

Conductive foam properties

  • Conductive foam surface resistance 10e3-10e6
  • Density 5-6.25lb/ft
  • Permanently conductive; will not lose electrical properties – can be used in applications where permanent ESD properties are required
  • Improved packaging against shock and vibration
  • Provides protection from physical shock during handling, packaging, shipping, and storage of ESD sensitive devices
  • Durable, resilient, attractive and light weight
  • Chemical resistance: resistant to organic solvents, acids, bases, etc.;
  • Non-contaminating, non-corrosive, and non-sloughing

Conductive foam Usage Consideration

  • Better value for long term applications
  • Not recommended in applications where Static Dissipative properties are required

Above foam both made of the same material (polyethylene), they have very distinct differences. Which one you use will depend on the application of the foam, how long you intend to use the foam,  and even cost considerations.

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