How to store PCBs ?

July 6, 2017 at 23:36:33
Specs: Windows 10
Is it okay to Store Printed Circuit boards in Anti static bags and put them in a cardboard Box? we use Anti static bags to store Printed Circuit boards and store them in Cardboard boxes. Is this ESD Safe?

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July 7, 2017 at 00:48:18
That is how I store them, I put them in an anti static bag, place the bag in a card board box, put a packet of desiccant in the box and store them in a cool dry cupboard. I have used board after months of storage with no problems at all.

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July 7, 2017 at 02:31:15
Thank you very much for your quick reply. adding desiccant in the box will help to absorb moisture. But my concern is CARDBOARD is ESD Safe or not ? As the PCBs are in Anti static Bags will it be a problem ?

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July 7, 2017 at 02:40:39
"But my concern is CARDBOARD is ESD Safe or not ?"

Normal cardboard is not ESD-safe. There are specially designed versions of coated cardboard that are, but they are typically quite expensive. The purpose of an true ESD-bag (there are several types) is to form a shield around what it encloses. Therefore if you completely seal the bag (without breaks or punctures), then there shouldn't be any concern about where you store it.

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July 7, 2017 at 20:24:54
If they're enclosed in anti-static bags I doubt it makes much difference where you then store the bags. If you're going to worry about the box then you need to worry about what the box is sitting on, what's next to the box. . . and so on.

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