5 Ways Antistatic Barcode Labels Are Essential for Electronic Device Manufacturers

5 Ways Antistatic Barcode Labels Are Essential for Electronic Device Manufacturers

Electronic components are the lifeblood of thousands of consumer and business products we use each day. Yet many of these components, such as microchips on printed circuit boards (PCB), can be significantly damaged by electrostatic discharges that can occur during the manufacturing process and throughout a device’s useful life.

To understand the role barcode labels can play in the prevention of electrostatic discharge, we recently spoke with Jason Golding. He is division manager of ID Label’s Barcodes West Division, which has worked with clients in the electronics and PCB industry for 30 years.


What is ESD?

An electrostatic discharge (ESD) is a sudden transfer of electricity that can occur when, for example, a static charge is released into a sensitive electronic component.

“ESD damage can be seen immediately during assembly when a circuit stops functioning or later during the life of a device,” Golding said. “This latent failure adds to the true cost of ESD in repairs, returned products, and end-user disappointment.”

Estimates of product losses due to electrostatic discharge can be up to seven percent of the manufacturing cost.

“Today’s labels – including those manufactured by ID Label and the Barcodes West Division – are highly sophisticated and produced with specialized materials that actually help to reduce the occurrence of electrostatic discharge in ESD-sensitive devices.”

Preventing Electrostatic Discharge

Understandably, the prevention of electrostatic discharge in manufacturing is critical. There are numerous steps device manufacturers employ. These include ESD-protected work areas that feature proper humidity control, grounding of materials and gear, antistatic mats, and specialized conducting wrist and foot straps for workers’ garments.

“The challenge for our manufacturer clients is to design a printed circuit board that will meet its intended use, but with a design that will operate flawlessly under adverse conditions, including being tolerant to ESD, for the life of the device,” Golding said.

Barcode Labels and ESD Prevention

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Antistatic barcode labels are essential for electronic device manufacturers, helping to maximize product yields, reliability and useful life.

Most electronic components use barcode labels that provide a wealth of product and tracking information essential over the lifecycle of a product.

“Today’s labels, including those manufactured by ID Label and the Barcodes West Division, are highly sophisticated,” Golding said. “They are produced with specialized materials that actually help to reduce the occurrence of electrostatic discharge in ESD-sensitive devices.”

These ESD-safe labels comply with the latest federal and international requirements and are quality-manufactured specifically with the needs of the electronics/PCB industry in mind.

“Ultimately, they help manufacturers maximize costs, product yields, product reliability, and product life,” Golding said.

The primary uses for antistatic barcode labels include:

  • Identifying static-sensitive PCBs
  • Tracking static-sensitive electronic components
  • Static-sensitive ESD packaging
  • Static-sensitive warranty labeling

Key Benefits of Using ESD-Safe Labels

According to ID Label’s Jason Golding, the following are some of the primary ways that manufacturers benefit from using ESD-safe barcode labels.

  1. Reduces Occurrence of Electrostatic Discharge During Application – Properly manufactured barcode labels reduce the charge generated when the label is removed from its liner, which could otherwise discharge and destroy sensitive components during application.
  1. Minimizes Charge Build-Up on Label Surface – After the label has been applied and during its life, these materials are designed to prevent significant charge build-up on the label surface that can result in a static discharge.
  1. Withstands Harsh Manufacturing Conditions – ESD-safe labels are made to withstand harsh solders, fluxes, and extremely high temperatures common during the manufacture of electronic devices.
  1. Compliant with Stringent Industry Standards – Be sure to use labels that comply with the S20.20, 61340 and JESD625B federal and international standards for charged insulators used in the proximity of ESD-safe devices.
  1. Use of Low-Charging Materials – Your label manufacturer should use low-charging adhesive systems, static dissipative label faces, and low-charging release liners (surface resistances greater than 104 and less than 1011 Ohms).

ID Label – Premium Manufacturer of Antistatic Barcode Labels

ID Label and the Barcodes West Division manufacture preprinted and blank polyimide (Kapton) labels that withstand sustained temperatures up to 750°F and flash temperatures up to 1000°F. They are made to withstand harsh thermal and chemical exposures and still provide highly reliable read rates.

“Since electronics manufacturers use both lead and lead-free processes, a colored polyimide label option helps to identify and differentiate between the two processes,” Golding said. “Whether you run standard or lead-free solder processes, our PCB labels won’t fade, brown or yellow, and read consistently even after two-pass, high-temperature oven exposure.”

ID Label’s unique label construction is designed to resist surface-mount board processes on the top or bottom of the board. Labels are backed with high-temperature-resistant adhesives that perform well under harsh conditions.

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ID Label product features:

  • IS0 9001:2008 registered
  • Halogen-free label products
  • Meets REACH and RoHS standards
  • MIL-STD 202F and MIL-STD-883E compliant
  • Fully customizable with glassine or clear PET film liners


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