Solving Ink-Jet/Static Electricity Dilemma
Bethlehem, PA–Recently a company that manufactures millions of ink-jet printer cartridges had a serious static electricity contamination problem. The problem occurred when static electricity generated on the conveyor system attracted particulates, which then accumulated, blocking minute ink-jet orifices, causing reduced production yields and undesirable downtime for conveyor cleaning. FlexLink Systems Co. responded by providing links molded from a newly developed Intrinsically Static-Dissipative (ISD) polymer. The new ISD conveyor links, which can be retrofitted to existing FlexLink conveyors, dissipate the static electricity from the conveyor, virtually eliminating contamination of printer cartridges. A widespread problem for high tech manufacturers is static electricity accumulation. Moving on a conveyor, products discharging into sensitive electronics components can destroy them. It may also induce further particulate contamination, attracting dirt and dust that can then clog tiny orifices.