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Prevent employees getting shocks due to static electricity – Industrial Process

How to prevent getting shocks from static electricity

What is static electricity?


Static electricity is an electrical charge that doesn't move. Static electricity  is generated when two or more surfaces come into contact with one another and are separated again. Static electricity can cause problems in many production processes where non-conductive materials such as plastic, paper, wood and textile are used. A problem that often occurs when static electricity is generated,  is that people are getting shocks. This page contains information with solutions to prevent or eliminate people getting shocks during the production process.


What causes static electricity to shock you and is static electricity dangerous?


Employees get shocks
Employees get shocks

Problem: A very common problem is when people get shocks from working close to objects that carry a high electrostatic charge. Problems occur when machine operators come close to highly charged materials eg. film on a roll at a winding or unwinding section. A direct spark can jump from the object to the person which is unpleasant and sometimes dangerous. The person can also become charged by standing close to the charged object. A spark will occur only when the person comes near to a grounded metal surface. Click on the solution button to find out how to stop static shocks.


Employees get shocks
Employees get shocks

Solution: In both cases the solution is not related to the person. The solution to stop static shocks is to prevent a high static charge building up on the object. Static charges should be reduced by fitting anti-static devices at the last stage off the process, where the person gets a shock or becomes charged. In most cases this will solve the problem. Occasionally the charge generation is so high that the object needs to be discharged at other points throughout the production process. The anti-static equipment in the last stage will then reduce the remaining charge to a safe level. Products used in this application : ThunderION


Most common solutions to static problems can be found HERE.


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What other effects does static electricity have on the machines and employees?

Besides employees getting shocks during the production process, static charge can cause other problems. For example, static charge can cause materials to stuck to machine parts or to each other, can attract dust and can cause a spark which can cause a fire or even an explosion. Simco-Ion offers a suitable solution for these and more problems:

The process is disrupted

Static damages the material

The end customer has problems with the material

Static causes a fire or an explosion

Static attracts dust


Want to eliminate industrial static charge and know how to discharge static electricity?

Simco-Ion anti-static bars generate an electrical field which causes the air molecules in the vicinity of the bar to break down into positive and negative ions. Because opposite charges attract, any charged material passing near the bar will attract ions until the charge on the material is neutralized. The materials will no longer be attracted to each other or to the machine parts. Attraction of dust, explosion or fire hazards and electrical shocks to personnel caused by static discharge are avoided. Simco-Ion offers a very wide range of antistatic bars in shockless and non-shockless versions: Performax Easy, Performax IQ Easy, Performax IQ Easy Ex, Performax Easy Ex, ThunderION 2.0, MEB, MEJ, 1/2"SS, MaxION, P-Sh-N and the P-Sh-N-Ex