Static electricity is the result of an imbalance between negative and positive charges in an object. These charges can build up on the surface of an object until they find a way to be released or discharged, and with the appropriate control, can help to improve the results of the productive process.
The presence of static is more usual than it seems, and a good control of this phenomenon can help to reduce undesired effects such as product rejection, jolts to the workers, faulty packaging and impurities, or can enhance your production capabilities by charging the components to modify their behaviour with other pieces.
Processes involving the transport and handling of plastics and polymers are very prone to suffering static problems. Good static control can avoid production stoppages and help to improve the cycle time, as, for example, in a line where bottles clog the conveyor due to the static charges, rendering the process unstable.
Electronic parts and semiconductors need good control of static electricity to prevent ESD (Electrostatic discharge). Uncontrolled ESD can have a damaging effect on sensitive devices, resulting in lost production and poor-quality products with shortened lifetime. The right choice of ionization is crucial e.g., for wafer processing: By installing ionizers with excellent balance and silicon emitters, dangerous charges can be eliminated, thus leading to a high-performance process and reduction of waste.