The convenience and excitement of ordering something and having it delivered right to your door is one of the miracles of modern society. Tearing open your packaging and seeing your bright, shining new thing is about as close as adults can get to the excitement of childhood Christmas mornings.
But what happens when whatever you’ve ordered doesn’t work? The amount of excitement we experience is matched by a double amount of sadness, disappointment, and dread, when the thing we plug in doesn’t light up, power on, or fit into its slot.
This seems to occur in electronics more than any other type of item. Besides the obvious fact that they’re relatively fragile products with tiny components the everyday-person likely can’t repair themselves, static electricity is an added issue when shipping electronics. Since these components are all built to conduct and convert power, a buildup of static electricity can release and overload a circuit or component, and damage it before it ever leaves its packaging.
Fortunately, anti-static packaging foam is a real thing, and a product that is available to both companies and individuals looking to transport sensitive equipment. The compounds in this material dissipate static that can build during handling and packaging, preventing it from discharging into the product.
Packaging products with anti-static compounds are widely recognized due to an intentional pink coloring, and multiple foam and plastic types can be formulated to be anti-static. If you need to ensure an electronic gets to a destination in perfect working order, anti-static packaging is safe and won’t leave you sorry.