Manufacturers Kept Asking for Extra Large ESD Trash Bags, ACL Responded

Here's where you can find extra large ESD trash bags.

The Hidden Costs of Acrylic: Enclosures, Cabinets, and Desiccators

Why Is Static Dissipative PVC a Better Option than Acrylic?

Workstation Grounding

When working on ESD-sensitive projects, whether at home, in a repair shop, or even a large-scale manufacturing operation, having you and your work area fully grounded is a necessity.

Wireless Wrist Straps…Still Don’t Work

Interesting article! You can find Desco Wrist Straps at PAC, browse them all HERE.


The ESD Association’s  Resistance-to-Ground (Rtg) requirement for an operator wearing a wrist strap is < 3.5 X 107 ohms (ANSI/ESD S20.20) .  A wireless wrist strap will never meet this requirement.

Wireless wrist straps claim to work by “making (a) body’s static electricity to discharge through discharge box.” Assuming that an operator was tribocharged to 10 KiloVolt and wearing the “wireless” wrist strap, it would take many hours (days even depending on the ambient relative humidity) to get you below 5 KiloVolt, never the less 10 Volts. Most (if not all) of the charge reduction would be due to natural recombination of the charges on your skin (and now metal casing of your “wireless” wrist strap) with the air molecules and the natural conductance of the air through water vapor content (relative humidity).

You could get the same effect of a wireless wrist strap by cutting your hair to…

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New product spotlight: Hakko FX-100 Induction Heat Soldering System and FR-810 Hot Air Rework Station

We can all agree that having the right tools makes your job a whole lot easier. Today we are going to focus on two of the newest products from Hakko. The FX-100 Induction Heat Solder Station and the FR-810 Hot Air Rework Station. Both feature new technology that improve the Hakko FX-100 Induction Heat Soldering System The... Continue Reading →

Achieving Full Static Discharge Performance with Synchronization

Greater Challenges in FPD Static Control Because flat panel display (FPD) manufacturing is performed in a cleanroom environment, it faces the same problems resulting from static electricity buildup that other high technology manufacturing processes in cleanrooms do. Static charge developed throughout in manufacturing process causes dramatic increases in product contamination. Even worse, discharge on panel... Continue Reading →

A Look at ACL Anti-Static Coatings

We've covered the topics of Electo-Static Discharge (ESD) in-depth a number of times on our blog, you can find the various articles here. Today were are going to focus our attention to one particular type of product. Anti-Static Coatings from ACL. If you would like to see all the ACL products that Production Automation offers, click here.... Continue Reading →

Static Control and Relative Humidity

Static Control and Relative Humidity.   A great article from one of our distributors, Desco. View all Desco products at Production Automation here: SHOP DESCO

Air Ionization: How it works

What is an ion? An ion is an atom that has a positive or negative charge. When an atom or molecule has an equal number of protons and electrons, it is balanced or neutral. If an electron is lost the atom becomes positively charged. If an electron is gained, it becomes negatively charged. Air is... Continue Reading →

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Static Control Flooring Primer

As static sensitive electronic components grow more sophisticated, so do consumers of static-control flooring. Here are some key points to consider when helping your customers to choose such flooring for their home offices and small businesses. As electronic components become faster and faster and more sensitive to electrical interference, the need for static control has... Continue Reading →

Simco-Ion TargetBlower 6202e

The TargetBlower is an in-tool ionizing blower designed to control static charge in near critical environments. With ±5V or better balance, it meets the requirements for those targeted areas that need stable electrostatic protection. The TargetBlower's space-saving design is perfect for point-of-use applications found in semiconductor final manufacturing and in other automated process tools. The unique... Continue Reading →

ESD Handling Procedures

All personnel in an organization who handle ESD sensitive items (ESDS) are to receive ESD control training. In addition, facilities personnel and those who design products to purchase electronic items should also receive ESD control training. Training should occur yearly and is to include objective evidence that the person has understood the information. Training typically... Continue Reading →

Switchboard Anti-Fatigue Matting

The importance of anti-fatigue matting in regards to employee health is well documented. Standing in one place for long periods of time can constrict muscles in the calves, thighs and hips, restricting blood flow to lower extremities and creating numerous health problems which can eventually affect production at work. Anti-fatigue matting can also possess other... Continue Reading →

NEW! Hakko FX-888 Compact Station

Hakko FX-888 ESD-Safe Soldering Station The Hakko FX-888 is an inexpensive yet durable temperature adjustable soldering station that provides more power and takes up less bench space than its predecessor (the Hakko 936). The added power of the FX-888 provides up to a 30% increase in operator productivity due to the increased thermal performance and... Continue Reading →

ESD Precautions, Always a Good Idea

Many electronic circuit board assemblies contain both active and passive components; some of these components, particularly semiconductors, may be sensitive to damage from static electricity, while some other components may not be. Still, where one static sensitive device is included in a circuit, the whole circuit assembly should be treated as static sensitive. The purpose... Continue Reading →

Fundamentals of Electrostatic Discharge, Part 6

Part 6: ESD Standards 2001, ESD Association, Rome NY The electronics industry is continually shifting. Device density and technology is more complex. Electronics manufacturing is more heavily reliant on out-sourcing. The ESD industry seems to have jumped into this swirling eddy headfirst. ESD control programs have mushroomed. Black has been replaced by green, blue, and... Continue Reading →

Fundamentals of Electrostatic Discharge, Part 5

Part 5: Device Sensitivity and Testing ESD Association, Rome NY In Part Two of this series, we indicated that a key element in a successful static control program was the identification of those items (components, assemblies, and finished products) that are sensitive to ESD and the level of their sensitivity. Damage to an ESDS device... Continue Reading →

Fundamentals of Electrostatic Discharge, Part 4

Part 4: Training and Auditing ESD Association, Rome NY Your static control program is up and running. How to you determine whether it is effective? How do you make sure your employees follow it? In Part Three, we suggested that there were at least nine critical elements to successfully developing and implementing an effective ESD... Continue Reading →

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