Tuesday, December 18, 2018
The winter months bring a buildup of Holiday Cheer - along with a buildup of dry air and the ensuing static electricity. More than a simple shock, static electricity challenges manufacturing companies and plants during the winter months, particularly in their packaging and labeling processes where 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, accumulation of static electricity can cause anywhere from a light shock to electrical sparks and even risk of a fire. For this reason, tools that can kill or neutralize static, like Vortec’s ionizing Air Knives, are increasingly important in the winter months.