In this article, I will try to familiarize you with the concept of anti-static fabric- as unbelievable as it may sound. Anti-static fabric is absolutely a real thing, and there are many ways that you can put it to use to capitalize on its extremely useful anti-static features and capabilities.
Without further ado, let’s start learning:
How to Make Anti Static Fabric?
Every year, as soon as the autumn or winter season comes, dryness and flaky skin come alongside. Another, even more irritating that approaches side by side is static electricity.
Static charge accumulates on surfaces when they are rubbed together. Since we are speaking of fabrics, rubbing clothes against each other allows static charge to accumulate.
Although it does not hurt people by itself, it still brings some trouble to our lives. You can sometimes feel a zap of electricity as the static charge moves from the originating surface to the ground.
Not only this, but static electricity can cause interference damage to electronic appliances and, most importantly, precision instruments. These devices tend to use minute transistors and components that can easily be damaged due to static electricity.
So What Can You Do About Static Charge?
In order to protect yourself from the potentially damaging effects of static electricity, you need to make everything anti static surrounding you at home, work, or life in general.
As tedious as the process may sound, it is actually pretty easy to make this ‘anti-static’ change. This is because we now have so many products that can be used to discharge various surfaces easily, such as anti-static bags and bars. You can check out my helpful account about anti-static bags here. So, let’s start with making your fabric anti-static.
What is Anti Static Fabric?
Typically, when clothes rub against each other, it produces friction. The friction may cause the transfer of electrons from one surface to the other. The surface losing the charge becomes positively charged while the surface gaining the charge becomes negatively charged.
Now this fabric has the capability to attract and stubbornly adhere to oppositely charged surfaces and particles, or it may produce a zap of electricity as the charge looks for a way to ground itself. While this minor amount of current may not cause you bodily harm, it can mess with things around you, especially electronics.
Anti static fabric is a specially designed fabric that does not generate static charge in the first place. When no charge is produced or accumulated, it saves you from annoyingly sticky situations, inconvenient shocks, as well as from causing damage to sensitive objects in your environment. Not only that, but these garments are typically made with soft, breathable material that is also very comfortable to wear.
What are the Features of Anti Static Fabric?
Anti static fabrics are woven using conductive fiber, cotton filament fiber, and Terylene through composite fiber spinning technology. These fabrics are widely in-demand and appreciated all over the world due to their dust proof and anti static features.
It is commonly seen that almost all anti-static fabrics comprise anti-static TC, CVC fabrics, anti-static knitted diamond fabrics, anti-static knitted fabrics, anti-static polyester stripes, and grid fabrics.
To condense it down to its primary components, your standard anti static fabric is made up of fiber surface conductive material and a core layer of pure polyester fiber which gives you amazing backbone support. These fabrics are available in varying lengths, sizes, and other related specifications at the most reasonable rates in the market.
How to Assess the Anti Static Quality of the Fabric?
As per the fabric’s standard quality, anti static performance is assessed as per the following standards:
- Surface resistance: 106ohm/cm~109ohm/cm
- Static decay time: 0.01 second and less.
How is Anti Static Fabric Made?
Like I mentioned before, anti static fabric is usually a blend of conductive anti static fibers and polyester yarn. This means that it has the property of conductive material and, through joining of the microconductive function of synthetic fibers, polyester fibers are formed.
What is the Working Principle of Anti Static Fabric?
Static electricity is generated when the object is separated after contact. Many of the times, some objects that are easily separated by contact and generate electricity will generate a large electrostatic reaction.
For example, when wearing a sweater in the dry season, you may feel a shock in the air. If the specific resistance of the textile fabric is reduced to a certain extent, the electrostatic reaction can be prevented. That’s why anti static fabric is a special product produced according to this principle.
How is Anti Static Fabric Manufactured?
The main raw materials used in anti static fabrics are sub conductive fibers, stainless steel fibers, anti static synthetic fibers, etc.- materials which allow the static electricity generated in the friction to be quickly released and discharged safely. Further, these materials are blended with mixed fabric or polyester cotton, ultimately forming an anti static fabric with unique properties.
What is the Role of Anti Static Fabric?
Now you know that anti static fabric prevents static build up on the surface of the fabric, and the same goes for the static electricity on the surface of the human body that is covered with anti static fabric.
As per experts, it not only solves our daily, annoying problems pertaining to static discharge but also can be used in the workplace.
Whether or not anti-static fabric plays a beneficial role in your workplace depends on the nature of your work and work surroundings. But the anti-static fabric, in general, plays a vital role in special places as it helps to avoid safety issues and potential accidents.
Where is Anti Static Fabric Used?
Industries that use anti static fabrics quite frequently include:
- Electronics industry
- Mining and metallurgy industry
- Petroleum industry
- Precision industry
- Petrochemical industry
- Chemical industry
- Atomic energy industry
- Aerospace industry
- Weapons industry
- Food industry
- Pharmaceutical industry, etc.
The goal is to prevent accidents that may be started due to buildup of excess, electrostatic charge. For example, in workplaces where extremely complex and sensitive electronics are being used, you would want to keep any kind of electrical discharge away as it could disturb the fine tuned performance of the machinery and its components. Another application of anti static material is in environments where flammable objects are located.
That is workers may benefit from using anti static fabrics in the likes of petroleum and weapons industries as a simple spark produced by static discharge may prove to be enough to set off an alarming, fiery reaction.
Are There Any Precautions I Should Be Wary of?
Anti static overalls are forbidden to be worn in inflammable and explosive places. Do not wear any metal objects when wearing anti static overalls, and wear them with anti static shoes.