By: David Roberge on September 15th, 2016
Anti-Static Plastic Packaging
Benefits and Safety in Food Production
Static can cause some serious problems in many different manufacturing and production environments. In foods, fine powders and granules like sugar and flour can not only cause an unattractive coating on your packaged goods, but it can also be quite explosive. Small particles like these may generate a static charge and have a potential to ignite. Utilizing anti-static plastic packaging can help to mitigate product damage and safety issues.
In a food production environment, especially in baked goods, things can get dusty! Sugar, grain, and flour particles floating through the air can cause an unattractive dusting on final packaged goods. For your final packaged product, using packaging films that have anti-static additives will stop the dust from being attracted to it, keeping your products visually appealing.
Anti-Static Bulk Packaging
In addition to dusty packaging, these particles can pose a real danger. When this dust is floating in the air, it only takes 1 or 2 grams per cubic meter to become ignitable. If one grain ignites in the air, it will ignite the others nearby very quickly, potentially causing a dangerous explosion.
Beyond your in-house safety measures, using anti-static bulk packaging can help to mitigate some of these issues. To reduce the charging of sugar and flour particles in bulk packaging/bagging, talk to your supplier about FIBC (Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers) Type D bags for products like these. These bags are made of anti-static and static-dissipative fibers- meaning they will safely prevent static-discharges.
Get in touch with our team today to discuss anti-static packaging for your production environment.
About David Roberge
I am grateful for my 9 years as part of the outstanding Industrial Packaging team. I was able to hang out with some of the most knowledgeable folks in the packaging industry. I feel even luckier that I was able to share that knowledge with you. I love learning, hiking, and growing people and teams both personally and professionally, and helping companies grow better.