How ESD Conductive Storage Bins Help Data Centers Protect Sensitive Electronic Components
Data has become a big asset for all types of businesses, leading to the need for safe storage away from cyber theft and the impact of natural disasters. Another threat to data is that which comes from the static electricity that builds and occurs when two objects come into close contact. Random static charge can cause data to become lost or corrupted, lead to dropped calls, blown equipment and lockup of computers. When a business relies on a data center to store their data, electrostatic discharge (ESD) conductive storage bins help protect individual objects such as microchips, hard drives and semiconductors from the buildup of static electricity that can damage these components.
We have all experienced the shock of static electricity at some time. Wearing some types of shoes causes static to build and shock us when we then touch something made of metal. Unwrapping a product that is packaged in plastic wrap can cause static electricity, as can any type of friction between two objects such as when you run a nylon hairbrush through your hair. When this same shock occurs to electrical components, the results can be severe.
Technology has resulted in electronic components that are a fraction of the size of those available during past decades. Businesses want the convenience of being able to do more in less space. As a tradeoff, newer components lack the internal protection devices that helped to prevent static charge for smaller and speedier performance. To make the problem even more challenging, static doesn’t have to be strong enough to be detectable by humans to cause a serious problem with the components. Microchips are especially vulnerable to ESD and need to be protected during manufacturing, storage, and shipping with the proper ESD safe storage solutions.
Where Static Generation and Electrostatic Discharge Originates
Nearly all of the static generated in data centers starts at the floor. Employees who walk back and forth on the floor conduct static electricity when their shoes contact the floor. There are special floor coverings available to address the problem including special “anti-static” mats for those areas where employees stand or walk frequently or where they come into contact with metal, but these are not typically effective. In some cases, the floor coverings may be effective at initially suppressing charges at a high level and then lose their ability to prevent static from being discharged at all over time. Since electronic components are usually damaged from discharges at lower levels than these products are made to prevent, they are virtually useless as a stand-alone product for ESD prevention, requiring the use of ESD safe bins and containers.
What Types of Parts are Stored in ESD Bins, Containers and Totes?
The rapid growth of Artificial Intelligence has led to an increase in the amount of semiconductors and sensitive materials that need to be safely stored and protected from static buildup. ESD Bins, Containers and Totes are used worldwide to store and protect parts such as: microchips, circuit boards, mother boards, hard drives, capacitors, transistors, logic ships, SCSI drives, spare CPUs, spare DRAM drives, flash memory, SSD drives, video cards, GBIC modules as well as all other semiconductor components.
Why ESD Conductive Storage Bins are Different
ESD conductive storage bins are available with or without lids to give total protection to components and form a protective barrier between the components and the surrounding electrical charges that can do them harm. ESD Totes are made with properties that make it safe to clean them while keeping parts dust-free.
Conductive storage bins and totes are used in data centers for circuit board handling and transport since it is safer and more cost-effective than bagging operations. ESD Safe Divider Boxes are designed to be able to hold circuit boards and components, adding a level of organization that makes handling parts simple and safe.
ESD bins are available in various sizes that allow you to store anything from a single GBIC module to a full size motherboard. The most important features of the containers chosen are that they neither impact the way the component works or the environment around it. The bins should also allow for the normal use of the components in a way that is consistent with the need. Safe access and transmission of data to and from multiple sources is often an important feature that data centers offer to businesses that use their storage services.
The issue of electrostatic discharge is a serious one for data centers and the businesses that rely on them. Although it is not always given primary concern, it can result in the loss or corruption of valuable data and electrical components without any outward sign that electrostatic discharge is a potential problem. The issue of ESD is one that should be dealt with in a preventive manner. Selecting the appropriate ESD conductive storage bins for all of the electrical components will protect the data and the electronics that businesses rely on for their day-to-day processes.