Static Measurement Instruments

Measuring Levels of Static Electricity

Measuring levels of static electricity can be necessary to find out if you have problems related to static electricity. In many cases unwanted phenomena like clinging sheets or repelling of sheets are seen in production environments. The real cause of these unwanted problems cannot be seen and therefore measuring levels of static electricity is needed.

This can be done with a static electricity meter both inline inside the machine or via a handheld device. Measuring levels of static electricity with a meter brings insight in both the amount of the static electricity (kV) and the polarity of the static electricity. This knowledge is the basis for finding a solution for the problem.

Static Meter

If you are dealing with static electricity or a static charge measuring the charge gives you insight. Static builds up on surfaces with high resistance. To measure resistance you can use surface measurement equipment or a surface resistivity meter. To measure static charge we use measuring equipment with a Voltage sensor. Measuring static electricity with a multimeter is not an option since the input impedance is to low. The value of Static Electricity normally exceeds many kiloVolts.

The static charge is measured in terms of kV and and a certain polarity for the Voltage. To measure in kiloVolt a very high impedance is needed. Simco offers you measuring equipment to find out more about static electricity.

Simco-Ion offers two options to measure the static energy in terms of kV. Also Simco offers one indicator that can be used to determine the presence of static electricity and static charge on objects.

  1. Handheld Simco, battery operated static meter, the FMX-004
  2. In-Line machine configuration, the IQ Static Sensor Bar
  3. Detecting the presence of Static Energy with the TensION

Measuring instruments can help you to make the invisible phenomenon static charge more visible. The meters do this by means of measuring the electric field with the electrical fieldmeter. So the answer to the general question ” can you measure static electricity” is yes.

A Static measuring device is particularly helpful when you encounter problems like static shock. More on when it is useful to measure static charge with a static meter?

  • For locating the source of static electricity buildup
  • For locating the polarity of the static electricity
  • After an anti-static system to measure the effectiveness of the static eliminators
  • For active full control of the ionisation in level and polarity inline in machines.
  • Quality control on static for your customer
  • As control after a static charger(setting levels of static Voltage)

Handheld and Compact Static Meter

In order to determine if and where there is a static charge, a portable instrument the static fieldmeter FMX-004 can be used. The electric field strength can be measured at a set distance without contact. The Sensor IQ Easy, an inline industrial static meter, offers even more options for full control of the static charge. The voltage sensor measures the electric field even in high speed machines and even the option for a full regulation to 0kV.

It delivers measurement values to devices in a Static Control System(IQ Easy system) This full control system has been developed by Simco-Ion. It makes actively regulating of charge and measuring possible. Furthermore, the measured values can be logged via the Manager IQ Easy for further evaluation. This gives you a unique tool to control your process and capture process parameters for quality control.

The Simco FMX-004 is a convenient, compact and pocket sized handheld static field meter. The instrument for measuring static electricity will present you with the static electricity measured in kV and polarity.

With this digital static meter(readout) you can do static measurements as a part of your industrial static control. With this electrostatic field meter or also called a static measuring device you can measure and store the field strength. The electric charge is measured in units of kV and a plus or minus polarity.

It enables you to carry out static electricity in awkward places by means of directing the top of the handheld meter to the spot you want to measure.

The static meter working principle is an oscillating voltage sensor. The sensor is protected inside the housing. The correct measuring distance is displayed by two integrated LEDs. The  meter is battery operated.

In-Line Static Meter

Continuous static measuring in machines can be done with the in-line static meter array. A large number of voltage-sensors is mounted inside a bar. The voltage sensors each take a part of the moving web and measure the voltage of the web on the different spots. The data from the Sensor-segments are routed to the Backbone of the Static control system, the Manager IQ. The data obtained from the sensors can be used for regulating anti-static devices that compensate a charge or facilitate a certain level of Static Electricity. The use of the data depends on the specific need or requirement in that step of the production process.

How Do Static Meters Look Like

The Simco-Ion Static Charge meter come in different shapes and lengths. All static energy meters use dedicated electrical field sensors in one or more configuration to meter static charge. The compact handheld static electricity meter, the FMX-004 is the most common used meter in Industry. The handheld static energy meter used for measuring static electricity in machines.

The rugged electrostatic Voltmeter measures positive charge as well as negative charge. The static meter is standard tooling for many operators and is available in many production factories worldwide.

The FMX-004 is also used by students to measure objects in laboratory environments. In production lines the IQ Easy Static Sensor Bar is used in many different lengths up to 4 meters.

How Can I Measure Static Electricity?

Measuring static electricity is not a difficult process. The FMX-004 comes with a full manual. The Manager IQ Easy and specially the Static Sensor Bar provides options for full control of static charge or static energy in both levels and polarity.

Sensor IQ Easy

Sensor IQ Easy

A sensor that measures the electrostatic charge of a web can be added to the IQ Easy platform. The Sensor IQ Easy is a bar type device that can hold up to 16 sensor heads. Each sensor head can be placed on a strategic position across the web to monitor the electrostatic charge.

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FMX 004


The FMX-004 is a convenient, compact and pocket sized handheld static field meter. The instrument for measuring static electricity will tell you the static electricity measured in kV. Measuring static electricity with a multimeter is not possible and that is why a static charge meter needs to be used.

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The TensION can be used to check AC/DC discharging and charging equipment. TensION indicates whether a high voltage is present on the ionising emitters or charging pins.

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