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Static-Dissipative PVC Plating

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Static Control Static-Dissipative PVC Plating

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Unlike inferior products with spray-on coatings, Terra’s Static-Dissipative PVC features chemically embedded dissipative layers for durable, reliable performance.

Acrylic vs. Static-Disspative PVC—
Which offers lower overall cost of ownership?
  • Revolutionary Static-Dissipative PVC Plating renders acrylic-made products obsolete for any static- or particle-sensitive application
  • Chemically embedded dissipative layers maintain a surface resistivity of about 107 ohms/square, even under real-world abuse
  • Ideal for cleanroom use—effective static dissipation helps control particulate contamination by eliminating static attraction
  • Transparent material allows complete visibility
  • Also resists a wide range of corrosive chemicals and will not outgas

Ordering Information

The table below indicates varying thicknesses for a transparent, colorless, standard sheet size of 4' x 8' (1219 mm x 2438 mm)—other sizes are available on a custom basis. Both surfaces of the sheet are covered with masking paper for protection during shipping, and one or more sheets are packed per carton and then in a wooden crate.
Static-Dissipative PVC Sheets
Thickness Clear
Sheets are 4' x 8'
(1219 x 2438 mm)
Cat. # Price
3 mm (0.118") MA04178 call TUI
4 mm (0.157") MA04180 call TUI
6 mm (0.236") MA04182 call TUI
10 mm (0.394") MA04184 call TUI

Discounts for Quantity Orders
Prices are per single sheet – call Terra for current quantity pricing.

Additional Information

This revolutionary material offers a new alternative to standard methods of static control in the cleanroom, lab, and other industrial environments. Like acrylic, it can be easily worked and offers great visibility, yet it also resists a wide range of chemicals (see chart). It is completely noncontaminating, and so can be safely used in the cleanest work environments.

The solvent of the static-dissipative dielectric coating melts the plating and mixes with the coating material so that the mixture adheres to the plate top. Both materials are mingled in the coating process. The coated material has great adhesion power and never comes off. The electrical characteristics are not affected by rubbing, and the transparency remains unchanged for long periods with little or no fogging.

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Static-dissipative PVC features surface resistance between 106 and 108 ohms/square—much less than that of other treated plastics. Tests show that when 10KV is applied to the surface, electrostatic potential remains less than 15V, and static decay time is less than 1 second. And because this plating offers such effective static dissipation, it will not attract dust or other contaminating particles that could damage sensitive microelectronic components.

In a test conducted in accordance with ASTM D 257, both colorless and colored transparent plating sheets were subjected to a relative humidity of 20-80% at 10°C to 30°C and the samples exhibited almost no change in physical characteristics. The surface resistivity remained greater than 107 ohms/square.

This plating is also durable. It features superb resistance to UV radiation; tests have indicated almost no loss of static protection after 500 hours of continuous exposure to a fadeometer. In temperature tests, it maintained its dissipative properties after 50 cycles of temperature fluctuations from -20°C to 60°C. It is also completely noncombustible.

It also offers all of the chemical-resistance of standard PVC plating. It remains unaffected by a wide range of chemical solutions (see chart). In the case of mixed chemicals, resistance can vary widely depending on the exact mix. Be sure to perform a test prior to using any new chemical solutions or mixtures.

This plating allows easy cutting, bending, welding, and adhesive joining, and is therefore ideal in many situations for which no suitable material currently exists. Just consider these possible applications:

In integrated circuit containers: Static-Dissipative PVC Plating can be used in:

  • Desiccator
  • Glove Boxes
  • Silicon wafer boats
  • IC storage containers
  • Transparent trays
  • IC chips and IC card boxes (PE, PET)
  • Universal Hoods
  • Transparent magazine rails

In the cleanroom: Static-Dissipative PVC Plating can be used in:

  • Cleanroom partitions
  • Cleanroom benches
  • Equipment covers
  • Chamber inspection windows
  • Door and wall linings
  • Curtains
  • Fluorescent lamp louvers
  • Pass-through and tunnel coating

The Razor Scrape Test

Terra Static-Dissipative PVC


The Competition

Static Control Terra Static-Dissipative PVC   Static Control The Competition's PVC
Terra Universal Static-Dissipative PVC with embedded dissipative media—minimal particle shedding.   Competitor's Static-Dissipative PVC with spray-on coatings — extensive particle shedding.
Electrical Properties
Characteristic Unit Transparent
Static-Dissipative PVC
Rigid PVC
Testing Method
Surface Resistivity omega/ 106 ~ 10 1016 ASTM D-257/JIS K 6911
Volume Resistivity omega•cm 1017 ~ 18 1018 ASTM D-257/JIS K 7194
Saturated Charge Voltage V Less than 10 3,000 *
Half Life Momentary Long *
* Measured with a static-honest meter (20°C, 60% RH)
Applied voltage:
Applied voltage • material distance:
Detected voltage • material distance:
Chemical Resistance
Colors Colorless Transparent
Static-Dissipative PVC
Characteristics Appearance Antistatic
Chemicals Time
3 Days 30 Days 3 Days 30 Days
Acids and
Hydrochloric acid 36% U U (Redish) U U
20% U U U U
Sulfuric acid 97% CS (Blackish) x (Black) U U
60% U U U U
Nitric acid 60% U U (Greenish) U CS
40% U   U U
Phosphoric acid 85% U U U U
Acetic acid 95% U U U U
Fluoric acid 46% CS (Light Green) CS (Greenish) U x
10% U U U U
Hydrogen peroxide 10% U CS (Powdering) U U
Sodium hydroxide 50% U U U U
Ammonia aquenous solution 25% U U U U
Methanol 100% U U U U
Ethanol 100% U U U U
Isopropanol 100% U U U U
Butanol 100% U U U U
Ethylene glycol 100% U U U U
Gasoline 100% U U U U
Kerosene 100% U U U U
Benzene 100% U U U U
Others Salt water 30% U U U U
Ammonium 50% U U U U
Potassium 10% U U U U
Mild detergent 10% U U U U
Water 100% U U U U
U = Unaffected; CS = Changed Slightly; x = not recommended
Tests conducted on 3 mil., 6 mil and 10 mil material. Immersion temp. 25°C.
General Physical Properties
Property Unit Transparent
Static-Dissipative PVC
Specific gravity 1.4 JIS K 7112
Rockwell M scale 76 JIS K 7202
R scale 122
Surface hardness Pencil hardness H JIS K 5400
Tensile yield strength MPa 74 JIS K 7162-1B/50
Flexural strength MPa 98 JIS K 7171
Flexural modulus MPa 3400 JIS K 7171
Charpy impact strength KJ/m2 2.3 JIS K 711-1ePA
Deflection temperature °C/1.8MPa 65 JIS K 7191
Coefficient of thermal expansion 10-5/°C 7 JIS K 7197
Thermal conductivity W/m • K 0.18 Laser Flash Method
Specific heat J/g • K 1.11
Flammability Self extinguishing JIS K 6911
Water absorption % 0.02 JIS K 7209

Abrasion Resistance

Temperature and Humidity Effects
Static Control Abrasion Resistance
Static Control Temperature and Humidity Effects

The effect of surface abrasion is very small and produces almost no change in the material’s antistatic characteristics.

Testing conditions: Scrubbing with nylon fabric at a load of 500 grams
Testing method: ASTM D 257 (20°C 60% RH)

Even when temperature or humidity vary, this material’s antistatic properties exhibit almost no change, and this excellent feature is stable over the long term.

Testing method: ASTM D 257

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