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Nanotechnology improves ESD performance of cable carriers

20 November 2009

When manufacturing and processing electronic components, electrostatic discharge (ESD) presents a serious hazard for sensitive electronics. Improved protection against ESD is thus necessary not only for the materials and tools used, but also for cable carriers.
To provide this, Kabelschlepp is relying on nanotechnology. The material used in the company's new ESD cable carriers incorporates carbon nanotubes (Baytubes from Bayer MaterialScience). This ensures a surface resistivity that surpasses that required by the ESD standard (DIN EN 61340). And thanks to the large specific surface and the extremely even distribution of the carbon nanotubes in the carrier material, good conductivity is also achieved at the contact points between the chain links and thus over the entire length of the carrier.
 


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