ESD Protected Area (EPA)

One of the tenants of a ESD Control Plan is controlling access to the ESD Protected Area. This is commonly accomplished by defining an area of a facility as the ESD Protected Area by taping off sections of the floor and placing signs to indicate that proper ESD control practices should be followed once an…

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The ideal ESD Control Plan is one that improves productivity, quality, and reliability, in addition to being flexible enough to accommodate changes and improvements in the manufacturing process. ESD Control Plans must evolve to keep pace with costs, device sensitivities, and the way devices are manufactured in the future. The management of an on-going ESD…

Read more ESD: Measure – Control – Verify

As electronic technology advances, electronic circuitry gets progressively smaller. As the size of components is reduced, so is the microscopic spacing of insulators and circuits within them, increasing their sensitivity to ESD. Industry experts estimate that average electronics product losses due to static discharge range from 8 to 33%. Others estimate the actual cost of ESD damage…

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When setting up an ESD Protected Area (EPA), it’s important to determine what ESD Control measures are required. Not every EPA will be the same. The key is that an EPA will provide an environment where ESD is managed by 1) minimizing it’s build up and 2) dissipating it quickly without damaging electronic components. Below is an example of what you can…

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