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.

Personal Protective Equipment


Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is designed to protect workers from serious workplace injuries or illnesses resulting from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Besides face shields, safety glasses, hard hats, safety shoes, protective equipment includes a variety of devices and garments such as goggles, coveralls, gloves, vests, earplugs, and... 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

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 →

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 Black has been replaced by green, blue, and...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 →

Fundamentals of Electrostatic Discharge, Part 3


Part Three: Basic ESD Control Procedures and Materials ESD Association, Rome NY In Part Two, Principles of ESD Control we introduced four principles of static control and nine key elements of ESD program development and implementation. In Part Three, we will cover some of the primary specific static control procedures and materials that become part... Continue Reading →

Fundamentals of Electrostatic Discharge, Part 2


Part Two: Principles of ESD Control ESD Association, Rome NY In Part One of this series, Introduction to Electrostatic Discharge, we discussed the basics of electrostatic charge, discharge, types of failures, ESD events, and device sensitivity. We concluded our discussion with the following summary: 1. Virtually all materials, even conductors, can be triboelectrically charged. 2.... Continue Reading →

Fundamentals of Electrostatic Discharge, Part 1


Part One: An Introduction to ESD From the ESD Association, Rome, NY History & Background To many people, static electricity is little more than the shock experienced when touching a metal doorknob after walking across a carpeted room or sliding across a car seat. However, static electricity has been a serious industrial problem for centuries.... Continue Reading →

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