I have some electronics (EDIT: electronics are in enclosures, but with lots of wires coming out of the enclosures; the electronics are a part of a prototype) with ESD sensitive components I need to ship overseas (air freight). I'm using pick-foam (soft black foam) to create a form-fitting mold for the electronics. The shipping container is made from polypropylene. When I press the pick-foam into the polypropylene container, I can feel static building up. That means that jostling during the flight will generate static between the foam and the container. Also, before the electronics are put into the pick-foam, they will be put into silvery ESD bags. My questions are:
- Will putting the electronics in ESD bags be enough protection from static or static discharges?
- Is there something I can do to the shipping container to reduce static build-up? For example, can I coat the inside of the container with something?
- 2a. (EDIT: I just learned they make pink anti-static pick-foam. I can switch to this, but is it worth the switch if my electronics are already in ESD bags?)
- If a customs official opens the ESD bags, how much static damage could they cause? Do you have a suggestion on reducing damage if they open the ESD bags?