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  • Static electricity shocks when laminating, help needed please?

  • Pane Talev

    Member
    March 26, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Good day folks.

    HELP – Static electricity shocks when laminating.

    I’m flooding big prints on dibond panels.

    When I trim the edge, I get rather strong static electricity shock. Not pleasant. Today they seem more powerful than yesterday.

    Any solution to this? TIA

  • Martyn Heath

    Member
    March 26, 2021 at 9:37 am

    check the earth is connected?

  • Jean Oakley

    Member
    March 26, 2021 at 9:56 am

    I find the weather has an influence on how bad the static is at work. The main thing though is what you’re wearing on your feet. Certain shoes of mine are now banned from being worn as they cause terrible static shocks.

  • Pane Talev

    Member
    March 26, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    I just tried:

    1) shoes

    2) no shoes

    3) flip flops.

    No difference. I get quite powerful shock.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by  Pane Talev.
    • Martyn Heath

      Member
      March 26, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      Slow down! maybe your working too fast Pane

      • Pane Talev

        Member
        March 26, 2021 at 1:21 pm

        😂🤣

      • Pane Talev

        Member
        March 26, 2021 at 1:27 pm

        Funny, but this stops being funny. I get lightheaded from the shocks.

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    March 26, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    We find that we get shocks when using Metamark, but not when using Orajet. Odd.

  • Richard Wills

    Member
    March 26, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    DiBond is a capacitor. It gets charged up when sheets rub together, when peeling the protective skin, and when the bonds of the adhesive are broken, when it’s removed from the lining.

    Low humidity really helps to promote the charge (do you have heating / AC on?). A dehumidifier can help, as can running a string of tinsel https://fraser-antistatic.com/products/801-anti-static-tinsel/.

    Footwear – depends on the floor material. If the floor is isolating you, then the charge still gets you.

    i try to remember to short the two faces of the Dibond with a scalpel before touching it, when it’s just gone through the laminator. Try to, almost never remember to.

    Kapa mount does the same thing, and the thicker the insulating (core) material of the board, the bigger the charge, the greater the kick from the spark. 6mm Dibond on a dry day can be really fun.

  • Pane Talev

    Member
    March 26, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Exactly the worst case scenario. MD3 & 6mm Dibond. 🤘

  • Russell Huffer

    Member
    April 20, 2021 at 11:18 am

    I use Metamark and when laminating i always get sparks between the front of the laminator and my large belly, just one of those things, if it does not discharge through my tummy then at the end when i touch the bed i get a discharge through my fingers. Just learnt to live with it.

  • David Stevenson

    Member
    April 25, 2021 at 12:10 am

    I’ve just wrapped 27x 8×4 panels and felt like that poor guy getting fried in “The Green Mile”. There has to be a solution to this, my heart can’t take much more 🙁

    • Kevin Mahoney

      Member
      April 25, 2021 at 5:37 am

      🤣 the solution I found was simple in the end. Delegate.

      • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 2 days ago by  Kevin Mahoney.

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