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Importance of ESD Protection in Electronics Manufacturi

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Maximising ESD Protection in Industrial Workstations

ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) is a critical issue in the electronics and industrial manufacturing industries. Discharges can damage sensitive electronic components, reduce product quality, and even create safety risks.

Measuring ESD is a crucial part of ensuring that industrial workstations are protected from costly incidents and defects.

This white paper gives an overview of how to measure ESD according to the relevant ESD standards.

8 key points you’ll learn in this guide:

1. What are the current ESD standards

2. Things you should know before measuring

3. What are the ESD measuring equipment

4. What is a common point ground (CPG)

5. How to measure the workbenches

6. How to measure the shelves and other platforms

7. How to measure the trolleys

8. How to measure the chairs

A Complete Guide on how to measure Electrostatic discharge (ESD)

This comprehensive guide covers everything from the ESD measuring equipment to methods for measuring in your workspace.

We’ll walk you through the ESD standards and provide practical guides of how the measuring works in industrial workstations.

Easy-to-read ESD measuring guide with explanatory images and videos

Our ESD specialist, has compiled the latest information and best practices into an easy-to-read guide that will help you create a more reliable workspace to ensure the quality of your components.

Why is Measuring ESD Important? 

A single ESD event can damage sensitive electronic components and lead to expensive downtime and repairs.

By measuring ESD in your workspace, you can identify potential problem areas and take proactive steps to prevent ESD incidents from occurring.

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A Comprehensive Guide to measuring ESD

Importance of ESD Protection in Electronics Manufacturing

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Static electricity is generated every time materials rub against each other. A simple movement, such as a technician walking to their workbench, is enough to generate static electricity that could melt or deteriorate a device’s delicate electronic components. To protect your production areas you first have to understand why ESD (electrical static discharge) is generated and then put in place an anti-static policy.1

Image of ESD workbenchIf you’ve ever felt an electric jolt when getting out of your car or taking clothes out of the tumble dryer then you’ve felt ESD. Charges of static electricity build up from all the materials rubbing together and then pass through your body when they’re able to escape. Large jolts of ESD can create a visible spark, with the most impressive being that of lightning.2

Static electricity is generated when the electrons on the surface of one object pass onto another, causing it to become positively charged. The additional electrons are then just waiting for the opportunity to escape through a conductive object that allows the passing of electricity. When this occurs it’s what is known as an ESD event.3

The heat from ESD is extremely hot, and if it occurs to an electrical device then it can cause immediate or delayed damage. A charge of a mere 30 volts is enough to damage the most sensitive electrical components, with most at risk from charges of 100-200 volts. A ‘latent defect’ is when the damage isn’t immediately noticeable but has dramatically shortened a device’s life and can cause it to malfunction without warning. Consequently, ESD poses a serious risk to not only when a device is manufactured but to the remainder of its lifespan.

Use EPA logo to raises awareness about ESD protected areaIn order to protect your manufacturing area against ESD you need to turn it into an anti static EPA (ESD Protected Area).4 The principle of an EPA is that all your workbenches, trolleys, storage bins and other industrial furniture is connected to the ground so that static electricity can be dissipated (dispersed) safely. Your personnel can also be equipped with conductive shoes and wrist straps to dissipate built up static electricity safely.

You can also improve the robustness of your EPA by investing in ESD resistant products such as workbenches, industrial trolleys and storage bins. ESD resistant industrial furniture features static-dissipative laminate worktops, which will send electrical charges to earthing points and through cables to the ground.

With ESD a constant and undetectable threat to electronics manufacturing, introducing an anti-static EPA, with ESD resistant workbenches and other ESD resistant industrial furniture, is crucial for preventing immediate or delayed damage to your products.

28/01/08 – (ESD, electrostatic discharge, anti static, conductive, dissipative, EPA)


Importance of ESD Protection in Electronics Manufacturing