ESLON®-DC ESD PVC - Fabrication
ESLON®-DC ESD-Plates can be processed with common plastic methods. The following information is intended to serve as a guideline.
1. Cutting and Machining
ESLON®-DC ESD-Plates may be cut with either a band saw or a circular saw. Generally, it is recommended to use the standard cutting speed for plastics. If possible, please use high speed machines (high cutting speed and reduced feed rate) in order to achieve clean cutting edges. For cutting ESLON®-DC ESD PVC non-corrosive saw blades are mandatory. In order to avoid scratches on the surface, only remove the protective film after processing. When drilling ESLON®-DC ESD PVC, slightly reduce drilling speed in order to avoid hairline cracks, which may appear around the perimeter of the drill hole. The use of twist or tap drills is recommended.
2. Forming and Bending
ESLON®-DC ESD PVC are especially suitable for the forming of covers and hoods and for edge bending. However, we do not recommend fabrication methods such as vacuum forming or deep drawing. These processing methods will expand the conductive coating, which may cause the loss of the static dissipative properties of the sheet. Please find the recommended forming temperatures listed below.
Generally, edge bending of ESLON®-DC ESD PVC should be performed at a lower temperature range. Whitening around the surface edges may indicate overheating, however, the static dissipative performance of the sheet will not be affected. By all means, it is advised to perform preliminary bending tests in order to determine the optimum machine settings prior to processing.
When heat bending the ESLON®-DC ESD PVC Standard version, the protective film may remain on the material on each side. ESLON®-DC ESD PVC Hard Coat may only be heat bent after the protective film has been removed.
ESLON-DC PVC ESD Standard versions may be bent up to an angle of 90°, the ESLON®-DC ESD PVC Hard Coat version may be bent up to an angle of 70°. We strongly recommend to conduct bending tests with sample strips in order to calibrate the fabrication machines accordingly.
Prior to the application of the adhesive, please make sure that the parts to be joined are prepared correctly. For the ESLON®-DC ESD PVC Standard version, the conductive coating must be removed from the surface area with an acetone-soaked cloth in order to ensure adhesion. For ESLON®-DC ESD PVC Hard Coat, the conductive coating must be removed mechanically, i.e. by milling or grinding. The remaining surface area should be covered with a tape in order to avoid any unintentional chemical damage to the conductive coating. For best adhesion, it is recommended to bevel the edges to be glued and so to increase the contact area. In order to facilitate the application of the adhesive, the surface area where the conductive coating is removed should be 2-3mm larger than the plate thickness of the counterpart.
When using ESLON®-DC ESD Solvent Cement for ESLON®-DC ESD PVC ESD Standard, the removal of the conductive coating is not required. If necessary, it is advisable to roughen up the surface for better bonding. Cyanoacrylate adhesives may be used on smaller parts. A precision spraying device or fine brush is recommended for the application of the adhesive.
4. Cleaning and Maintenance
For cleaning ESLON®-DC ESD PVC plates, we advise the use of IPA (isopropyl alcohol, isopropanol), alcohol-based cleaning liquids or water. Never use cleaning liquids mainly based on organic solvents (i.e. acetone) on ESLON®-DC ESD PVC Standard. ESLON®-DC ESD PVC Hard Coat, however, may be cleaned with organic solvents on the sheet surface. Please note that abrasive or corrosive cleaning agents are generally not suitable for any plastic material. Glass and plastic cleaners as well as soap suds are suitable for cleaning ESLON®-DC ESD PVC.