Electrostatic discharge (ESD) occurs when a non-conducting surface is rubbed against another and the contacted surfaces are then parted. ESD can damage or destroy sensitive electronic components, erase or alter magnetic media, or set off explosions or fires in flammable environments. Each year, an estimated $40 billion in losses from ESD damage occur in the electronics industry alone.
ESD can be controlled with materials, such as conductive thermoplastic compounds, that do not generate high levels of charge and dissipate charges before they can accumulate to dangerous levels. RTP Company’s conductive compounds are an excellent choice in controlling ESD while maintaining other performance requirements-often more economically than other material choices.