Static electricity can be troublesome in many production processes where non-conductive materials such as plastic, paper, wood and textile are processed. Especially during the winter months, when outside humidity is low and inside the air is dry, static can cause many problems. In processes like printing or coating, static needs to be eliminated for safety and quality purposes. Static control can be of major importance if production processes work with isolated (non-conductive) materials.
(High) static charges can result in production problems like:
There are two ways to remove static electricity: the passive and the active method. If the static has to be removed in a professional and controlled manner, the modern industry is choosing for the active method. Active removal of static electricity is done with high voltage ionisation equipment. This equipment produces positive and/or negative ions to remove static electricity from your products. If your product is negatively static charged it will attract positive ions and when charged positively it will attract negative ions.
Simco-ION Europe has been developing and producing this ionisation equipment for over 60 years now. In our product range you will find : Ionisation-bars (AC and DC), air nozzles, air blowers, air knives and power units.
A static charge remover needs to be used to solve the static electricity problems. There are many different static eliminators produced by Simco-ION Europe differentiated by the different applications, the way to operate or the place where they can be mounted. Please click on the link of the different types to find the right type of static eliminator for your application. Or get in touch, to receive non-binding assistance.
Simco-ION Europe has been developing and producing ionisation equipment for over 60 years now
There are many different Static eliminators produced by Simco-ION Europe differentiated by the different applications, the way to operate or the place where they can be mounted.
The IQ-Easy Platform connects up to 30 ionisation devices into a network via the Manager IQ Easy. A unique concept that makes it possible to fully control all parameters and let devices interact with each other to optimise efficiency. The new products that belong to the IQ family all have 24V DC supply voltage. The product range covers the full spectrum of anti-static bars and static charging equipment including special products for IML.
Simco-ION anti-static bars or industrial static eliminators generate an electrical field which causes the air molecules in the vicinity of the bar to break down into positive and negative ions. The anti-static bars come in different lengths that vary from 20 cm up to more than 5 metres depending on the type.
Ionising air guns neutralise static charges on materials and clean the surface using ionised compressed air. Neutralising the static charges makes it easier to clean the surface with compressed air and static elimination prevents dust and dirt particles from being reattracted to the material. The compressed air used for this purpose must be free from oil and water.
Ionising air nozzles produce a high-velocity ionised air flow which simultaneously cleans and neutralizes static charges on materials.
Ionised air blowers are used to neutralise plastic film or three-dimensional plastic products, like injection moulded automotive parts. The main purpose is to prevent dust attraction to the products. Dust particles that stick to the product surface, cause quality problems to the final product. Ionised air blowers are also applied to make sure personnel do not receive any unpleasant shocks.
A Simco-ION anti-static bar with air knife combine the effects of air amplification and ionisation to produce a high-velocity “sheet” of ionised air (amplification ratio as high as 25:1). This combined effect can be used for static neutralising and dust removal in a single operation, for instance in the; automotive finishing, printing, packaging, plastics and textile industries.
The Conveyostat® has been designed to neutralise static charges on materials in pneumatic conveying systems. In-line ionisation prevents clinging and clogging in tube systems due to static electricity.
Our IQ Easy Platform offers a complete solution for static control in every industry or production process.
Simco has developed different industrial in-line ionizers to neutralise static charges on materials in pneumatic conveying systems. When non-conductive materials are processed through an air operated tube system, they often contain a static charge due to earlier processes. As the material is transported through the tube, it will generate an even higher static charge. An in-line ionisation system prevents clinging and clogging of material in the tube systems. Considerable costs and time are saved by preventing machines from stopping due to maintenance and cleaning.
Simco offers the Conveyostat in-line ionizer for larger diameter tubes. It is typically mounted vertically and at the input to a cyclone or collection vessel. The Conveyostat exists of a stainless steel tube with at least 2mm wall thickness. Depending on the diameter of the tube, multiple static eliminator bars are integrated in the tube and connected to a dual phase power supply. The conveyed materials are charged during transport in the tube, but then neutralized as they pass through the unit.
A second in-line ionisation solution from Simco is the compact Blowflex in-line ionizer. This is a static solution well suited for applications with limited space or when the material is difficult to access. The Blowflex in-line ionizer can be used in combination with multiple nozzles, tubes or air rings.
Each in-line ionisation solution is custom-made and created together with a static specialist. For more information on in-line ionizers or technical advice, please contact Simco-ION.
Static elimination is the process of directing a flow of negative and positive particles towards a charged object. The polarized particle on the surface of the object recombines with the directed opposite particles. This reduces the static electricity on the object and so “eliminates” the static charge on the object. Normally static eliminators need to be close to the object in order not to lose efficiency. Efficiency is lost when travelling polarized particles recombine before reaching the object. Longer distances can be reached by means of specialized static eliminators or air-supported static eliminators. Long range static elimination can be achieved by means of the following products:
Short-range static elimination is the placement of a static eliminator very close to the material that needs to be neutralized. This is normally needed to keep external influence to a minimum. Smaller machines have limited space to create negative and positive charged particles. The static eliminators found here are normally very small and mostly powered by an external high-voltage power supply. Short Range static elimination can be done with the following equipment:
Static electricity is the presence of an electrical voltage in a non-conductive material. The charged particles, therefore, are not able to move. Normally in conductive materials, voltage differences will create a current to let charged particles flow to the earth when grounded. Static Electricity, however, can not flow to the ground since the molecules and ions can not move around in the material that they are on. Static electricity can only be neutralized by a static neutralizing system. Static neutralizing systems send opposite charged particles to the object that needs to be neutralized. The charged particles will recombine with the charged object until there is no voltage difference left. The object then will be neutralized. Static neutralizing systems can normally consist of different static eliminators.