For most of us, winter means it’s time to turn the heat on, and with it comes a buildup of dry air, ensuing static electricity. More than a simple shock, static electricity challenges many manufacturers and factories during the winter months, particularly in their packaging and labeling processes. Plastic surfaces hold a high resistance to electricity and work as insulators causing static buildups. Static may prevent label liners from neatly respooling or cause them to stick to each other and other equipment, damaging labels or disrupting the application process. In some cases, the accumulation of static electricity can produce hazards from a light shock to electrical sparks or even the risk of a fire. For this reason, tools that can eliminate or neutralize static, like Vortec’s Ionizing Air Knives, are increasingly more important in the dryer months.