What is the difference between static dissipative and anti-static materials?

Static dissipative materials will not generate a potential hazardous charge while also grounding many potentially hazardous charges. Static dissipative material is commonly used for highly sensitive electronics and is certified to meet electronic industry standards. Anti-static materials are incorporated into packaging for less sensitive and passive electronics entering a static sensitive environment. The anti-static material is similar to static dissipative material in that it will not generate a charge, but differs in that it will not dissipate a charge. In short, both static dissipative and anti-static materials reduce the risk of producing a charge, but only static dissipative protects against existing charges as well.

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