What is ESD?

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) transfers a finite amount of charge between two bodies at different potentials. Discharges from external sources like humans and equipment or induced electrostatic fields can damage ESD sensitive parts. ESD-safe containers protect integrated circuit (IC) products, including circuit boards and other electronics in the automotive supply chain from being damaged through electrostatic discharge. Utilizing ESD products will protect the most sensitive components from static charge that occurs during manufacturing, assembly, and shipping of electronic devices. Common parts that use ESD-safe packaging include USBs, circuit boards, video outputs, 12-V DC systems, RF outputs, LED lighting, and other electronics

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ESD-safe containers will have a
“ESD Protective Container” logo
on each container


How can you protect against ESD?

ORBIS helps customers protect sensitive electronic parts from static
discharge. ESD-safe material will transfer the charge through the
container, keeping your products safe during transportation. The two
primary materials used are conductive and static dissipative material.
The electrical properties of this material are permanent and unaffected
by washing. ESD-safe material is available in all ORBIS StakPak® and
Hand Held Folding Containers. Standard sizes are available in both AIAG
and metric footprints and are compatible with ESD-safe lids.


RCSO2415-1 lid on NXO2415-11.5

HHFC2415 BLK LS 01


ESD Reference Guide

Resistance Classification taken from ANSI-ESD S541

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Insulative: ORBIS Standard Offering

Insulative materials have a surface resistance of ≥10¹¹ Ohms. The more resistant a material is, the faster a current will flow across
the material. Insulative materials discharge slower than most static charges are created. This allows a charge to build up over time,
making this material unsuitable for ESD needs.

Conductive vs. Static Dissipative

Conductive materials have a surface resistance of < 10⁴ Ohms. This material quickly displaces the charge, helping to protect direct discharges from reaching sensitive products. Static dissipative materials have a surface resistance of ≥10⁴ to <10¹¹ Ohms. This material displaces charge slower than conductive materials. Both conductive and static dissipative materials help drain existing charges away from products. Dissipative materials help protect against charged device model (CDM) damage. If a sensitive device or circuit board becomes charged, dissipative material will slowly control the discharge to protect the product. These permanent and reusable solutions help protect electronics throughout the supply chain. For more information on ESD materials, please contact your ORBIS sales representative.


Rely on ORBIS® for custom protective dunnage from its ORBIShield® line to protect parts during transit, assembly, and storage. The long-term implementation of ORBIShield® dunnage improves inventory control by maintaining consistent quantities in each container and optimizes lineside efficiency by facilitating better part presentation. Using all types of foam, sheet, and fabric materials and state-of-the-art technology, ORBIS® is your single-source leader in reusable dunnage.

ORBIS offers customized part protection with ORBIShield® protective dunnage

Includes conductive properties
Provides air gaps between sensitive parts
Ideal for electronics as base pads and divider sets for medium-weight parts
Ideal for transporting electronic components
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