5 Tips for using shielding bags

Today we have a short and sweet but nonetheless important post for you guys. Following our last post on choosing the right ESD bag, we’ll be focusing on shielding bags below as they are the most commonly used ESD bags.
There are a few “dos and don’ts” you should keep in mind to ensure you get the most from your shielding bags. Nothing is worse than investing in all the right equipment and then using it incorrectly rendering all your efforts void. So on that note, we have comprised a list of 5 tips for using your shielding bags:

Enclose your ESD sensitive item with the shielding bag

Shielding bags should be large enough to enclose the entire product within. The shielding bag should be closed with a label or tape. Alternatively you can use a zipper-style shielding bag. Following this advise ensures a continuous Faraday Cage is created which provides electrostatic shielding. This is the only way to ensure ESD sensitive devises placed inside the shielding bag are protected.

Enclose Shielding BagsEnclose your ESD sensitive item

Please do not staple your shielding bag. Metal staples provide a conductive path from the outside of the shielding bag to the inside. Charges outside the shielding bag could potentially charge or discharge to ESD sensitive components inside the shielding bag.
If you’re unsure as to what the correct size is for your application, catch-up on this post which will provide all the required information.

Remove charges from shielding bags

When receiving an ESD sensitive device enclosed in a shielding bag, make sure you place the closed shielding bag on an ESD working surface before removing the product. This will remove any charge that might have accumulated on the surface of the shielding bag.

Remove Static ChargesRemove charges

Don’t overuse shielding bags

Re-using shielding bags is acceptable as long as there is no damage to the shielding layer. Shielding bags with holes, tears or excessive wrinkles should be discarded.

Don't Overuse Shielding BagsDon’t overuse shielding bags

Shielding bags are no working surface

Do not use a shielding bag as an ESD working surface. Although a shielding bag is safe to use around ESD susceptible products, it is not intended to be a working surface for product. When working on ESD sensitive devices, do so using ESD working surfaces that grounded correctly.

Shielding Bags are no ESD Worksurface
Don’t use shielding bags as your ESD working surface

A shielding bag is No “potholder” or “glove”

Do not use a shielding bag as an “ESD potholder” or “ESD glove”. This type of use offers no ESD protection to the product.
If you need to handle ESD sensitive devices, make sure you are properly grounded using wrist straps or heel grounders.

Shielding Bags are no Gloves
Shielding bags are no “ESD glove” or “ESD potholder”

Enjoy your shielding bags!

About Vermason

Vermason is a manufacturer of ESD protection products and was founded in Letchworth in 1979. Our mission is to maintain our position as the primary ESD solutions provider for the electronics industry in Europe. Vermason strive to manufacture quality ESD Control products with innovation, leadership and partnerships which deliver long term commercial benefits. We understand the many challenges our customers face regarding quality and reliability. We support these requirements with products and services of exceptional value which help them gain competitive advantages in their markets. We also appreciate that the control of ESD is one of many necessary links in a long chain required to bring a customer’s project to a successful completion. We endeavour to make that happen. We sustain our vision and mission by constantly seeking renewal via continuous education, application of new technologies and good business practices. Employees are expected to serve the customer with the highest level of technical knowledge in the industry.

Posted on 2016-03-24, in Articles, Bags and Labels, ESD Information, How-To. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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