Schreiner Pro Tech, a Germany-based global developer and manufacturer of functional labels with value-added benefits for the automotive and engineering-based industries, has introduced a set of protection films and labels providing insulation and shielding against potentially damaging electrical currents. The portfolio protects electronic products against electrostatic discharge (ESD) and shields against the rising instances of unwanted electromagnetic interference (EMI).

Electrostatic discharges can occur frequently in industrial environments. Whenever the differences between the charges of two objects are wide enough, a sudden equalization of electric potential can transpire. These interfering discharges, called "flashovers," can damage or even destroy electronic components. Electromagnetic fields created by changes in electric currents and voltages also can damage components.

Electrostatic discharges (ESD), which are harmless to humans, can have serious consequences for electronics. According to estimates by German technology and safety services provider TUV Nord, the manufacturing industry incurs billions of dollars in ESD-related costs annually. This cost is expected to rise even further, as electronic components are becoming increasingly small and therefore more sensitive to electrostatic discharges. Electronic circuits can fail due to ESD effects and, as a result, incapacitate a vehicle, a process or an entire assembly line. While the damaged chip costs only a few cents, the cascading costs incurred by downtime or repairs are exponential.

Plus, ESD damage often remains undetected in normal functional tests, so when the equipment subsequently fails, it is often already in the customers hands.

Consequently, the manufacturer may be liable not only for repair costs but also for providing replacements. Both can quickly amount to large expenditures by the manufacturer above and beyond the damage caused by a tarnished brand image.

Schreiner Pro Techs ESD protection films reduce the...

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