Measuring levels of Static Electricity

Measuring levels of static electricity can be necessary to find out if you have problems related to static electricity. In many cases unwanted phenomena like clinging sheets or repelling of sheets are seen in production environments. The real cause of these unwanted problems can not be seen and therefore measuring levels of static electricity is needed. This can be done with a static electricity meter both inline inside the machine or via a handheld device. Measuring levels of static electricity with a meter brings insight in both the amount of the static electricity(kV) and the polarity of the static electricity. This knowledge is the basis for finding a solution for the problem.

Static Meter

If you are dealing with static electricity or a static charge measuring the charge gives you insight. Static builds up on surfaces with high resistance. To mesure resistance you can use surface measurement equipment or a surface resistivity meter. To measure static charge we use measuring equipment with a Voltage sensor. Measuring static electricity with a multimeter is not an option since the input impedance is to low. The value of Static Electricity normally exceeds many kiloVolts.

The static charge is measured in terms of kV and and a certain polarity for the Voltage. To measure in kiloVolt a very high impedance is needed. Simco offers you measuring equipment to find out more about static electricity.

Simco-Ion offers two options to measure the static energy in terms of kV. Also Simco offers one indicator that can be used to determine the presence of static electricity and static charge on objects.

  1. Handheld Simco, battery operated static meter, the FMX-004
  2. In-Line machine configuration, the IQ Static Sensor Bar
  3. Detecting the presence of Static Energy with the TensIOn

Measuring instruments can help you to make the invisible phenomenon static charge more visible. The meters do this by means of measuring the electric field with the electrical fieldmeter. So the answer to the general question ” can you measure static electricity” is yes.

A Static measuring device is particularly helpfull when you encounter problems like static shock. More on when it is useful to measure static charge with a static meter?

  • For locating the source of static electricity buildup
  • For locating the polarity of the static electricity
  • After an anti-static system to measure the effectiveness of the static eliminators
  • For active full control of the ionisation in level and polarity inline in machines.
  • Quality control on static for your customer
  • As control after a static charger(setting levels of static Voltage)
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