You can use 2 Analogue (old) devices on port 5 and 6 of the manager. This can be ThunderION or Performax IQ Easy.
These devices will get the 24V from the manager en will indicate the HV OK signal from the bar to indicator if the bar is functioning OK. (Not OK means red Warning)
The bars can be set to run or standby or switched with remote on/off via the Manager IQ Easy.
How far from the material? This depends on the type of static eliminator – there are short range, and long range static eliminators. Whichever type you use, the life of the ionised air produced is limited and generally good guidance says “the closer the better” subject to the minimum distance specified by the manufacturer.
The material should be in free air! This is a very important rule which is often ignored. When a material touches another object, such as a roller, the static charge couples with that object and is not available to be measured or neutralised. If you put an anti-static bar to neutralise film when it is travelling over a roller it will not be effective. This is probably the most common mistake in the installation of static control equipment.
- Charge Neutralisation. How effective is the ionizer at reducing static charge?
- Impact on static problem. Does the ionizer help reduce or eliminate the static problem?
- Environmental considerations. Does the environment use laminar, turbulent, or even no airflow?
- Installation considerations: Distance, power distribution and control.
- Operation: safety considerations, maintenance, reliability, and warranty, cost.
Static on a conductor can be easily controlled if the object is grounded. Grounding provides a path so that charge can migrate to ground, effectively neutralising the charge. However, grounding an insulator does not work, because charges do not migrate on insulators. Antistatic or static dissipative materials:
Insulative materials, usually plastics, that are made conductive with the addition of carbon or metal fillings. The conductive dispersion can be adjusted depending on the amount of fillings added to provide resistivity ranging from fully conductive to dissipative. Ionisation:
Air ionisers work by flooding the atmosphere with positive and negative ions. These ions are attracted to ions of the opposite polarity on a charged surface. As a result, the static electricity that has built up on products, equipment and surfaces is neutralised. Education:
Training personnel and making them aware of electrostatic issues and the need for antistatic gloves, suits, smocks, and wrist/heel straps can make a large difference in the amount of problems that occur in a production facility.