ESD safe electronics packaging
Electronics face a “double whammy” when it comes to packaging.
Firstly, components, parts or even fully assembled products can often be fragile and / or expensive. Secondly, there is the hidden problem of Electro Static discharge (ESD). This can be harder to protect against as it can’t be seen – and the damage it causes often cannot be seen. This is why anti static packaging is crucial for this sector.
01: Electronics Packaging Overview.
Corrugated, Correx® and foam packaging designed to reduce cost and improve efficiency
Taking the above two points into account, it is easy to see the challenges faced by manufacturers of electronics and their associated products.
Being fragile – and often expensive – means that any damage caused in transit through mishandling can prove costly. Not only in terms of returns and replacements, but also in affecting customer satisfaction and repeat business.
The same also applies to damage from electro static discharge (ESD), except the problem cannot be seen immediately. In fact, the first anyone knows about it is when a product will not turn on, does not function correctly, or suffers from a vastly shortened lifespan.
This also has the capacity to negatively affect your company’s hard earned reputation. And sales.
So your electronics packaging needs to protect against impact, shock vibration, mishandling in transit, moisture, dust, and static.
Fortunately, the way in which the GWP Group divisions cover a broad range of differing packaging disciplines, means that your business can source packaging that does all of this – and more.
Key ways a partnership with GWP can benefit your business
Lower Your Costs
Cost effective options that also reduce volume of returns and written off stock
Unrivalled ESD Performance
Market leading protection against static, including Corstat & SSI Schaefer brands
Specialist materials, design & testing to eliminate damage, reducing rejects / returns
Source your all your anti-static items from one supplier, enabling cost efficiencies
Long Lasting & Durable
Enhanced lifespan minimises lifetime costs of your electronics packaging
Products tailored to your product / application for further performance gains
02: Electronics Packaging Companies
A selection of companies GWP work with…
03: Conductive Packaging.
The industry standard for electronics packaging
GWP Conductive has established a market share of more than 85% in the electronics packaging market.
The reason for this?
The absolute reliability of the ESD protection that is provided. Corstat coated cardboard is specified by virtually all of the major electronics companies in the UK, America and many emerging markets too. Corstat, if correctly designed, provides a Faraday cage that channels static around the outside of the packaging, protecting the items within.
This enables the creation of boxes, handling totes, trays, bins, reel racks and almost any form of packaging with a high degree of static protection.
Besides this however, virtually any Corstat product can be successfully manufactured from Corriplast.
In essence a conductive Correx®, the added benefits are a resistance to moisture and dust, an enhanced lifespan, greater load bearing capacity and being easy to clean. This last point is particularly relevant, making the material suitable for clean room, medical and laboratory applications.
This material is also ideal for in plant handling of components during production, due to its’ inherent strength.
Finally, GWP Conductive is exclusive distributors of the SSI Schaefer range of conductive handling products. Providing the toughest solution available (being manufactured from moulded Polypropylene), these products is ideal for heavy duty applications.
And if one of the huge range of stock products is unsuitable for your specific requirements, you can call on an experienced design team who will create a custom solution with integral static protection.
Why work with GWP Conductive?
04: Anti Static Foam.
Custom ESD safe foam for twice the protection
Electronic chips, components, parts, tools and finished products can all be damaged through mishandling during transit, storage, or even during the manufacturing process.
As a result, GWP Protective are able to provide customised foam inserts that offer precise levels of cushioning protection against shock, impact and vibration.
From pink anti-static to conductive Plastazote® polyethylene foam, static dissipative to the conductive grades of Ethafoam and Stratocell, an expert allocated to your business will be able to provide knowledgeable and impartial advice regarding the best solution for your specific application.
The result? Protective foam inserts that offer protection from both physical and static damage. This translates in to fewer returns, minimises the costs of replacements and vastly reduces written off stock.
It even boosts long term sales through reliable supply, customer satisfaction and an enhanced company reputation.
Ways in which ESD safe foam can help your business
05: Applications / Images.
A solution for every application, industry & challenge
View a selection of the anti static electronics packaging and products designed, manufactured and supplied by the differing divisions of GWP Group. Please click the thumbnails for a larger view.
06: Corrugated Packaging for Electronics.
Cardboard boxes, cartons an d shippers tailored to the electronics industry
Whilst the transit of electronics is obviously important, the packaging for retail goods can have an equally significant effect on the success of your business.
As a result, GWP Packaging are able to engineer and manufacture corrugated cardboard transit packaging with a high degree of strength and cushioning where static protection isn’t required (e.g. for supporting components or parts). This can take the form of boxes, cartons, internal dividers, specialist inserts and cradles.
Besides your electronics packaging “transit” solution however, you can also source your retail and display packs from GWP too.
With vibrant full colour print and branding options to ensure your products stand out on the shelves, you can directly influence consumer behaviour with well designed, aesthetically pleasing packaging.
This can be further enhanced through the use of FSDUs, counter top displays and other Point of Sale units. These have the added benefit of increasing the likelihood of retailer adoption, gaining premium space in store, and being able to communicate brand or sales messages more clearly.
Advantages of corrugated electronics packaging
Current conditions / organisations in the UK electronics industry
As an industry worth 16 billion every year to the UK economy alone, it comes as no surprise that the electronics industry is within the top five production industries across the world.
Defined as the generation, distribution, and sale of electric power or products to the general public – the electronics industry dated back to 1882 with the introduction of electric lighting. Subsequently, communications, broadcasts and recorded media integrated electronics into daily life.
Once the development of the integrated circuit brought down the cost of electronics to the point where they could be used in any household object – it began providing many of the household appliances we know today.
With the UK economy underpinned by a highly sophisticated technology infrastructure it’s inevitable that the average British consumer is amongst the most technologically advanced of any developed nation. Many have the latest smart phones, fibre optic broadband of up to 200MB, uncensored Internet, tablets, 3D TVs and much else besides.
Besides this, almost everything can be done online – from grocery shopping to buying a car to paying bills or watching movies and video.
This highly sophisticated engineering of electronics is now so broad it can be divided into an extensive range of subfields. This includes, but is not limited to, digital computers, power engineering, control systems and telecommunications.
As home to three of the world’s top ten technology and engineering universities, the UK employs over 300,000 people across 12,000 companies. Many of these companies are part of techUK – a leading trade association for the sector. Large international companies such as LG, Sony and Samsung all have industrial design centres based in the UK.
As a result, the UK now accounts for 40 percent of Europe’s electronic design industry.
Key facts and figures
Your anti static packaging partner
Put simply, GWP Group is established as leaders in the anti-static and electronics packaging markets.
Over 85% of all ESD safe packaging sold in the UK is manufactured by GWP.
Another reason to work alongside GWP would be the sheer range of electronics packaging you can source from a single supplier. Need boxes for storing products? No problem. Need totes for handling items during production. Easy. Looking for foam to prevent damage? We have that too. You can even get your retail packs and point of sale stands from GWP as well.
If this isn’t enough, you can also take advantage of a wide range of services. For example, GWP can fully manage your inventory, allowing you to free up valuable warehouse space. You can have a team work with you on rationalising and streamlining the packaging you use (which leads to improved economies of scale). And this is without mentioning a design team who can create products tailored to your exact requirements.
GWP have over 25 years experience in helping electronics manufacturers. From Siemens to Tyco, Sony to Motorola, a huge number of companies both large and small have come to rely on the service, quality and value for money GWP provides.
If you think that your business could benefit from a fresh approach to your electronics packaging, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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If you are suffering from high levels of static damage, problems with mishandling during transit, or you just think your current packaging isn’t up to scratch, GWP can help. Please contact a member of our team today.