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Hamper Prize Draw - June

05/07/2017 at 15:03:01

The results are in! Congratulations to Mr Dillingham from Sheffield – the winner of June’s prize draw for the Fortnum & Mason Adventurer’s Hamper.

If you didn’t enter last month don’t worry, there is still a chance for July. Simply order over £50 worth of goods online from our store and you will be automatically entered into the prize draw with a chance to win this beautiful hamper. For terms and conditions follow the link below.

Good luck!

www.antistatonline.co.uk/competition

Everything you need to know about ESD Matting (Probably)

26/05/2017 at 10:34:51

As you're reading this, chances are you already have an interest in Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) or work in an organisation with an EPA (an ESD Protected Area), in which case, you are probably already familiar with ESD matting. However, have you ever wondered how matting works, or why there are so many variants available?

The How

ESD or Static matting is designed to drain static discharge from items placed on its surface. It also serves to protect the surface of the ESD sensitive devices from wear and tear (but that’s a secondary benefit). The way it does this is by slowing down the flow of static charge, which neutralises the static electricity and moves the charge in to the (grounded) mat, away from the electronic components being worked on.

The performance of ESD matting is based on the material it’s constructed from, as well as its electrical properties and abilities to withstand heat, chemicals and mechanical abrasion.

ESD matting is generally available in Vinyl or Rubber material.

  • Vinyl mats are the most widely used for table top or work surface applications. They are cost effective, easy to cut to shape, and provide excellent static dissipation.
  • Rubber mats are used where high resistance to heat and chemicals is required.

To work properly a mat must be able to conduct electricity, and its range of conductivity is important. If the mat’s resistance is too low, static transfers to the mat, and a spark is created causing an electrostatic discharge which will in turn damage electronic devices. If the mat’s resistance is too high, static transfers slowly and any items placed on the mat will not lose their charge. When that item is then removed from the mat, the static charge will be capable of discharging to other items.

Mat categories

ESD mats are divided in to two categories: ESD table top mats / ESD work surface mats; and ESD floor mats.

  • ESD table top or work surface mats have a smooth or lightly embossed surface. The reason for the embossed surface option is to break down the surface’s reflective properties, reducing glare and improving operator comfort. Both smooth and embossed mats are available in light colours so the worker can easily see small parts of the components being worked on.
  • ESD floor mats have heavy embossing or grooves to prevent slips. They also have anti-fatigue style cushioning to improve working conditions, and are available in dark colours to hide scuff marks and dirt. Finally, they are usually thicker than table mats to absorb more wear.

Choosing the right matting

Static mats can be made from solid sheets, multiple layers, and single-layer polymer mix, with each offering different levels of electrical performance.

Homogenous (Vinyl and Rubber)
Homogenous or solid mats are made of a single layer polymer mix, and therefore consist of the same material throughout. These mats provide good mechanical service with electrical performance normally limited to about 109 to 1010 RTG.

Three Layer (Vinyl)
Three layer mats are constructed from a conductive metal / carbon layer between a top surface of vinyl and a layer of vinyl on the back. The conductive layer improves the electrical properties by acting as a fast track to move static charge to ground. The foam back layer provides a cushioning effect, making it easier to pick up parts.

Two Layer (Vinyl)
This mat combines the foam from the three layer mat and the dissipative vinyl from solid mats. As it contains no metallized layer it provides average electrical performance. It does however provide a more cost-effective option.

Two Layer (Rubber)
This option provides a top layer of static dissipative rubber and the back layer of conductive rubber, giving the same electrical performance as the vinyl three layer mat, but with great tolerance to heat and chemicals. The type of matting however does come with a cost premium.

Still unsure which type of mat is best for you?

This table condenses all of the above in to a helpful at a glance format.

Mat Type Electrical Properties Usage Features
RTG RTT
Homogenous 109 – 1010 109 – 1010 Table/Floor Durable material
Three Layer Vinyl 107 – 108 107 – 108 Table Excellent electrical properties
Two Layer Vinyl 109 109 Table Low cost
Two Layer Rubber 107 – 108 107 – 108 Table Heat / solder tolerant
Chemical resistant
Excellent electrical properties

If you would like more details or technical specifications for matting, visit the website website or call the team on +44 (0)1473 836 200 to speak to one of our team.

Buy online and you could win a F&M Adventurer's Hamper

26/05/2017 at 10:03:22

Win a hamper!

It’s prize draw time! Because summer is upon us, and that’s a good enough reason to do something nice, we are running a prize draw to win a Fortnum & Mason Adventurer's Hamper!

All you have to do is spend £50* or more on our online shop and you will be entered in to the draw to win this amazing prize.

Containing luxurious biscuits, preserves, pickles, teas, coffee, wine, port and champagne, all packaged in a traditional F&M wicker hamper, this is sure to make the winner happy. In fact, there are enough goodies to be shared amongst the team if you’re feeling generous.

What’s more, there are also two chances to win, because we will be holding two draws! The first will be for online customers buying between 1st – 30th June 2017, with the draw taking place in July. The second will be for customers purchasing online between 1st – 31st July 2017 with the draw taking place in August.

All eligible** customers will be automatically entered in to the prize draw, and the winner will be announced in July.

See competition T&Cs here.

What’s in a glove?

15/05/2017 at 10:20:06

And it’s more than a hand! While we all know that antistatic and conductive gloves perform a variety of purposes – not only preventing damage from ESD but also providing protection from grease, dust and particle contamination in high-spec production and cleanroom environments – are you always 100% certain about which type of glove will best suit your needs?

Within the world of ESD Protected Areas (EPAs) gloves are worn during one of two processes: Handling or Assembly. When Handling, the gloves protect the operators’ hands. When Assembling, the gloves are worn to prevent components and assemblies from becoming contaminated. In both scenarios, the gloves worn within the EPA should be conductive or static dissipative.

So which gloves do you need?

There are several types of ESD-safe gloves that are commonly used. These include nitrile gloves, vinyl gloves, latex gloves and fabric gloves.

Nitrile gloves. Uses and applications: Electronics, Biotech, Aerospace Science, Lab Examination, General Purpose.

Made from synthetic latex, making them ideal for people with latex allergy, these are also inherently anti-static. Nitrile gloves are also more resistant to puncture than rubber gloves, and offer resistance to many types of solvent and chemicals. The down-side? They are usually more expensive than latex or vinyl gloves because of their enhanced properties.

Vinyl gloves. Uses and applications: Electronics, Biotech, Aerospace Science, Lab Examination, General Purpose.

Vinyl gloves are another option for latex-sensitive workers. Although the fit is usually baggier than latex gloves, the material is very soft. As such, these gloves are less durable and can puncture more easily than nitrile and latex gloves.

Latex gloves. Uses and applications: Electronics, Biotech, Aerospace Science, Lab Examination, General Purpose.

These are the gloves most people think of when rubber gloves are mentioned. They are affordable, fit well, are durable and very elastic. The major disadvantage with latex gloves though is that they can’t be worn by people with a latex allergy.

Fabric gloves. Uses and applications: Electronics, Biotech, Aerospace Science.

There is so much choice when it comes to fabric gloves! Some hot gloves are used when handling ’hot’ circuit boards – the gloves dispel the ESD while providing comfort for the work. Some fabric gloves have a non-slip material on the palm and fingers for superior handling. Nylon gloves are another option. These can be found in stretch, low-lint and lint-free varieties.

Fabric gloves are reusable and can be washed many times without losing their anti-static properties. This reusable aspect makes them cost-effective in the long-term compared with disposable gloves.

Finger cots. Uses and applications: Electronics, Biotech, Aerospace Science.

Finger cots are another option for ESD protection. They come in a variety of materials and provide ESD protection with more mobility than some gloves.

Needless to say, wearing gloves does not negate the need for wrist straps or other effective personnel grounding methods, so they are only one part of the kit required in an EPA. However, this information should help you to purchase the correct glove for your application.

Antistat offer a full range of ESD-safe gloves, so if you would like to receive a product sample, do get in touch. Alternatively you can browse the selection now: www.antistatonline.co.uk

New centre of excellence announced by UK tech company

26/09/2016 at 09:15:55

We are pleased to announce we have moved our UK operations to new Global Headquarters in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk UK. This is part of our successful growth strategy and will support further the continuous expansion of our global business.

We are a synergistic yet diverse set of businesses delivering high-end, award-winning, technology-led solutions and expertise to varied industries spanning electronics, medical, defence, aerospace, creative and automotive.

Our new global headquarters address is:

Antistat
Integrity House
Easlea Road
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP32 7BY
United Kingdom

The warehouse, logistics and shipping operations are already in place and all deliveries and collections are now being made from this location. Our phone, fax, emails and website have not changed.

For more information, contact +44 (0) 1473 836 200

InSpec™ partnership with Integrity Cleanroom

19/04/2016 at 16:14:07

Cleanroom consumable expert Integrity® Cleanroom are proud to announce their appointment as official distributor for InSpec™ disinfectants. This partnership will offer an enhanced strategic distribution network for InSpec™ disinfectants to the UK medical device and Pharma industries via direct sales and e-commerce channels.

The InSpec™ range provides an ex stock complete contamination control solution including rotational biocidal disinfectants, sporicides, and in addition InSpec™ provides reliably powerful sterile alcohol cleaning solutions. This agreement is a perfect opportunity for Integrity® Cleanroom to enhance its broad range of high quality products to international customers spanning the Biotechnology, Pharma, Microelectronics and Automotive Manufacturing sectors.

For more information on InSpec™ products which include sprays and burst pouch wipes, contact Integrity® Cleanroom on +44 (0) 1473 836 205 or visit our InSpec™ page.

Antistat Sponsored BLOODHOUND Project Exhibition

24/09/2015 at 16:28:21

At an event in London's Canary Wharf, The Antistat Sponsored BLOODHOUND Project revealed the world's fastest and most advanced racing car: BLOODHOUND SSC. The product of eight years of research, design and manufacturing, involving over 350 companies and universities, the car is the centre-piece of a free exhibition, booked out within days of being announced, with 8000 people coming to see the Land Speed Racer.

The facts:

  • Four and a half football pitches in 1 second
  • 150 metres in the blink of an eye
  • Faster than a bullet fired from a Magnum 357
  • Its own car length in less than 3 hundredths of a second

Visit their website for more information about the ambitious project.

www.bloodhoundssc.com/project/car

Holbrook hosts European robot dance-off

22/07/2015 at 08:06:15

On Wednesday 15th of July, Holbrook Primary School will play host to Europe. From Italy and Germany, two robotics teams will be visiting the school for a robot dance-off. Holbrook's RoboClub, the DigiMinds which is sponsored by the Ant Group, are the reigning UK champions in the dance league of RoboCup, the worlds largest Robotics Competition. As the DigiMinds could not afford the trip to China to take part in the World Finals this Summer, they invited other European teams to join them for a friendly European competition.

 

Holbrook Primary School winning Robocup dance entry

From Bremen, in Germany, 8 children who came third in their national competition, arrived on Tuesday, along with 5 Italian children from Brescia, who topped their national league but also could not afford the trip to the Far East. The children are accompanied by parents and teachers, as well as several home-made robots.

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Antistat Stretch Wrap

10/06/2015 at 09:51:23

Antistatic Stretch Wrap

Antistat Stretch Wrap is a new and innovative stretch film designed for use within an ESD Protected Area. Unlike standard film, Antistat Stretch Wrap has an impregnated antistatic agent which protects against the build up of charges.

With a high cling performance and tensile strength, the anti static LLDPE material creates a strong, durable and electrostatic protective barrier for sensitive devices and components.

For more information on Antistat Stretch wrap or our range of component packaging solutions, contact a member of our sales team for specialist advice on +44 (0) 1473 836 200 or email info@antistat.co.uk.

RoboCup National Finals

13/04/2015 at 13:16:55

Holbrook Primary School's RoboClub the 'DigiMinds' who were sponsored by Antistat during the RoboCup 2014 in Brazil, went to the RoboCup National Finals in Warwickshire recently to compete in the RoboDance league.

RoboDance is a competition where children and robotics dance together on stage. The children had to create, program and decorate robots around a theme, then created a performance routine. Inspired by the visit of 'The Globe' and the 'MSC Oscar', they chose Felixstowe Docks as the theme.

This was the first time the team had competed in the RoboDance league, they were up against experienced competition who had taken part in previous international RoboDance competitions in Singapore and The Netherlands. The DigiMinds team performed very well, as did their robots. DigiMinds won first place and took the RoboDance trophy back to Suffolk!

Click this link to see the dance. YouTube.

The DigiMinds also attended BT's Adastral Park for the National Finals of the CoSpace Primary League. CoSpace is part of RoboCup and is hugely popular. This year, primary schools and secondary schools had to have separate days for their finals competitions.

The children worked incredibly hard to prepare for the CoSpace national finals. The team was split into 4 and came 1st, 2nd, 7th and 21st. They were delighted with their success and Holbrook Primary School is incredibly proud of all the work they have done towards this achievement.

Well done Digiminds and all at Holbrook Primary School.

Antistat supports the Bloodhound Project

24/03/2015 at 09:01:16

The Bloodhound Project - Supported by Antistat

Multi award winning technology company Antistat, Europe's largest supplier of ESD, Production & Cleanroom consumables are proud to announce our product sponsorship of the Bloodhound Project; a British made 1,000mph supersonic car.

Read more here >

St Elizabeth Hospice Fund Raising Update

13/01/2015 at 15:46:52

St Elizabeth Hospice Fund Raising Update

During 2014, the Antistat team were busy raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich. With the challenge now over, money counted and cakes eaten, the team managed to raise a grand total of [drum roll] £469.50. Well done to all those who bought tickets, cakes and offered donations.

DigiMinds Masterclass

13/01/2015 at 15:34:11

DigiMinds: Ant Group Sponsored Holbrook Primary School Robotics Cub

8 children from Ant Group sponsored Holbrook Primary School robotics club, 'The Digiminds', went to BTs Adastral Park in Suffolk on Friday 9th of January for a CoSpace Masterclass. They learnt new programming skills for the CoSpace program, which is used in RoboCup Junior. CoSpace is a rescue simulation used by young people. It is a simulation designed to teach young people how to program a robot to rescue people from a disaster environment.

The children learnt how to write computer code in C# (a computer language) and put their program to the test against 12 other schools who were attending the event. In the fun competition, held at the end of the day, the Digiminds finished first overall, with the highest score of the day. They even beat several high-schools who were also attending the event. They were very proud of their achievement and were pleased to learn so many new skills.

Well done DigiMinds!

 
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