Standard plastic bags, commonly made of polyethylene, fail to protect ESD-sensitive devices from the flow of electrically charged objects caused by contact, and electrical short, or dielectric breakdown. ESD is not only a silent killer in high-tech electronics manufacturing and production, but also during hobbyist projects or small-batch electronics repair. Electronic devices, IC components, and other ESD-sensitive devices are not safe from ESD events when stored, handled, or transported outside an ESD safe environment inside an anti-static bag.
Here’s a comparison of an American made BenchPro ESD laminate workstation versus a knock-off import.
What is Conductive Flooring? For the full guide to ANSI/ESD S20.20 flooring specifications, see here. Electrically conductive flooring is sometimes (semi-accurately) referred to as anti-static conductive flooring, which is defined by having an electric resistance of between 104 and 1015 Ohms. Conductive… Continue Reading →
Do You Need an ESD Chair if You Have an ESD Floormat? When a human body generates static electricity, sitting on an ESD chair dissipates static potential until both the operator and the chair share the same charge. Electricity… Continue Reading →
Answers to Common ESD Questions Such As When Do You Need an ESD Wrist Strap?
Here’s where you can find extra large ESD trash bags.
The word ergonomics is used a lot when talking about industrial and office furniture. We all understand what ergonomics are, even if we don’t know the exact definition. Merriam-Webster defines ergonomics as: Simple Definition of ergonomics : a science that deals… Continue Reading →
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…they still don’t work.
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… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →
Static Control and Relative Humidity. A great article from one of our distributors, Desco. View all Desco products at Production Automation here: SHOP DESCO
Static Free Flooring, ESD Tile, and and ESD Coatings Updated 9/27/17 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… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →