The Importance Of Anti-Static Plastic Door Curtains

In areas with the potential to create high static electricity energy, it’s vital to reduce the risks of fire, explosion, or damage to electrical equipment. Failure to do so can increase the risk of static shock, causing uncomfortable zaps to nearby staff.

Excess static can cause problems in many industrial processes and damage circuitry or block materials traveling through pipes, and with an increasing number of data centers and server rooms, fitting an anti-static plastic door curtain containing a specially formulated anti-static curtain is a priority.

An anti-static plastic strip curtain will reduce static transfer and protect pedestrians and light vehicle access from static risk. They also offer an effective noise barrier and protect the internal area from unwanted bugs and air pollution.

They are also an effective method of temperature control in air-conditioned spaces.

The key features of anti-static plastic door curtains

  • Reduces static build-up
  • More regulated climate control
  • Quick closing after traffic moves through
  • Suitable for both pedestrian and light vehicle use
  • Suitable for use in temperatures from -55c to +38c
  • It can be fitted to both internal and external openings
  • Excellent noise transfer and air pollution barrier
  • Easily installed either fixed to the face of or under a lintel using a stainless steel hanging system
  • 36% overlap on strips for maximum efficiency
  • Cost-effective, long-lasting, and durable
  • Replacement strips can be installed easily
  • Easy cleaning and maintenance

Where should anti-static curtains be used?

Anti-static curtains are typical in data centers and areas containing high numbers of electrical equipment, clean rooms, and production facilities to dissipate static build-up and reduce the likelihood of static discharge.

There is a need to control the static build-up within any commercial building where computers or electronic equipment could cause static to build up, which not only creates a fire risk but also leaves employees at risk of harm.

Whilst humans are rarely likely to be at risk of death from a static discharge, they are certainly not welcome, and constant ‘electric shocks’ will most definitely damage morale and could leave you at risk of legal action if the shock leads to an accident.

However, even low static charge levels can cause harm to modern circuit boards, as static releases electrical energy, components can be damaged, or the equipment can catch fire.

Whilst traditional PVC curtains are suitable for many environments, the increase in industries and settings requiring static energy control is now increasing, and the range of strip curtains available from industry specialists includes quick-to-install anti-static strip curtains to help businesses reduce such risks and overcome the potential damage from static energy.

What makes anti-static strip curtains work?

Whilst a plastic strip curtain may not seem like the answer, as plastic itself is likely to be an electrical insulator, specialist anti-static additives are added to the plastic to lower the resistance of the plastic and enable it to give greater mobility to the charges, they are then less likely to allow the electrostatic discharge (ESD) or dust attraction that can create sparks and lead to fires or disruption to computer equipment. Walking across a carpet can produce as much as 10,000 volts.

However, its short time will generally mean that humans are safe from severe effects. This level of static activity can cause fires and explosions if they happen in an explosive environment such as a server center, petrochemical storage, or a paint spray booth.

At much lower levels, you can expect damage to sensitive electronically driven equipment or areas where powders and dust are transported through pipes, as the static build-up reduces its ability to move.

Perhaps most importantly, your staff could injure themselves or damage goods and equipment if regularly bombarded with static shocks.