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Anti-static vs. conductive vs. dissipative foam?

UPDATE: I have included some basic answers inline that I received after talking in depth with an application engineer at a foam company. I think it would still really help for someone to help flush ...
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How can I capture naturally created static electricity so that it won't create a shock when I touch a grounded object [closed]

How can I capture the naturally created static electricity in our bodies, so that it won't create a shock when I touch a grounded object. I'd like to capture it and store it for future use, maybe ...
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Wearing “conductive shoes” instead of heel grounders?

I've been looking into alternatives to heel grounders since they're kind of cumbersome to put on and take off often (not to mention being uncomfortable) and I'm considering buying a pair of ...
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Can I safely enclose battery-powered electronics in an antistatic bag to protect it from static electricity?

I am building an enclosure for a Beaglebone and external circuit that I want to be able to wear, and therefore want to be lightweight and somewhat comfortable. I power the Beaglebone using a battery ...
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Cheap ESD/safety Mat

I need to get some sort of ESD/safety mat (2 actually) for working at home to protect myself and equipment. I was wondering what to look for/avoid if I were to purchase a rubber mat from a rubber ...
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Does humidity relate to static sensitive?

Are components more static-sensitive in drier places or vice versa?
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What is the foam stuff that semiconductors come in?

Sometimes when I order semi-conductors, there pins are put in this black foam (im guessing static sensitive stuff). If I put a high voltage through it, it conducts and burns. What is this stuff called ...
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How to dissipate a static charge from a 3D Printer?

I have a 3D printer, whose extruder I suspect is generating a static charge when the filament is dragging past other plastic parts (nylon). This is bad for the electronics. I want to try and dissipate ...
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Grounding Metal Object to Eliminate Static Electricity Using Electrical Ground

let us say that I have built a metal cabinet in which I will be painting small objects. I am looking to eliminate any static electricity that could possibly build on the object to be painted or on the ...
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How do I make a Polypropylene box static resistant?

I am beginning to organize my collection of electronic components and parts but have run into a roadblock of not knowing how to properly store anything that is ESD sensitive. I have been using ESD ...
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Can BJT transistors be damaged by static electricity?

I'm wondering whether they should be stored in anti-static bags or not?
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Is keeping HDD ON the anti static paper likely to damage it?

I bought a new HDD which came packed in a gray antistatic bag. So while i was removing the HDD inside the laptop, i kept this new one on the anti static bag, after i unpacked it. I took care not to ...
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Are external hard drives designed to be protected against electrostatic charge?

Looking at the conditions in which external hard drives are used, do the drive makers make them with protection against electrostatic charge? Does the outer casing protect it against electrostatic ...
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Enclosure for electronic components

I'm building a small project and have some electronic (IC) boards I would like to pack in a nice enclosure. I made an enclosure from PMMA (Acrylic) that looks nice but someone told me that it is not ...
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What should I look for when shopping for an ESD bench mat?

I would like to get an anti-static mat for my bench top and found these two: DigiKey: Table mat ESD blue 2X4' rubber Mouser: Antistatic Control Products 2X4' blue table mat What should I look for ...
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Is this deal on anti-static foam too good to be true?

Currently, my integrated circuits are free to bump around in one of the compartments in my parts organizer. I used to have a bunch of anti-static foam rectangles to keep them plugged into, but I threw ...
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How to know that I am grounded with an anti-static wrist strap?

The resistance of my Belkin anti-static wrist strap shows 0.983, but how do I know that I am grounded by attaching it to computer power supply alone? See the picture below. How do I know if that ...
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How useful is Horsehair brush for cleaning populated PCB

Professor angry as I clean old PIC devboard with nylon brush, and warned me to use horsehair brush next time. I have been using nylon brush for long time, even to clean my PC and audio amp and they ...
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Is there a way to protect RS-232 Transceiver IC from static death

My company sells devices many devices that use RS-232 line transceivers like the MAX232 chip. In many cases our users run their RS-232 cables in the range of 30 to 50 feet to connect our device to ...
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Do antistatic bags have conductive interior, exterior or both?

From Wikipedia: To create the anti-static effect, the black or silver bags are slightly conductive and A device should not be powered while in an antistatic bag, because the conductivity of ...