Electrostatic Discharge

SMTA is offering a webinar on the elementary principles of ESD Control. The webinar will be November 26 @ 2:30pm – 4:00pm GMT (9:30am – 11:00am US Eastern Time). Click HERE for registration and more information.

ElectroStatic charges and ElectroStatic discharges are different. All material can tribocharge (generate ElectroStatic charges). This is static electricity which is an electrical charge at rest. When an electrical charge is not at rest, but discharges (i.e. ESD), problems can occur. All matter is constructed from atoms which have negatively charged electrons circling the atom’s nucleus…

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Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects caused by contact, an electrical short, or dielectric breakdown. The natural phenomena of ESD has been occurring for as long as our planet has been around and apparently it has been a problem for much of that time.  A recent post…

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Published in InCompliance Magazine Written by The ESD Association January 01, 2014 The ESD Association has published the first of a six part article titled Fundamentals of Electrostatic Discharge in the January edition of InCompliance. The article starts with the following introduction: To many people, Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) is only experienced as a shock when…

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The Made by Monkeys blog on the Design News website recently posted an article called ZAP! Another ESD Casualty about an electrical engineer’s experiences with electrostatic discharge (ESD). The article offers a perspective on ESD control from “then” compared to now. Not much has changed. ESD is a natural occurring event that can damage ESD…

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Originally Published by InCompliance Magazine- September 2012 Now is the Time for ESD Control Programs to be Improved ““Factory ESD control is expected to play an ever-increasing critical role as the industry is flooded with even more HBM (Human Body Model) and CDM (Charged Device Model) sensitive designs.”” “By Fred Tenzer and Gene Felder” ElectroStatic Discharge…

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Question: What does an ionizer do? Answer: The primary function of an ionizer is to neutralize electrostatic charges on insulators and isolated (non-grounded) conductors to reduce the magnitude of electrostatic discharges in the ESD protected area. Point-of-use compressed air ionizers combat electrostatic attraction neutralizing charges on particles causing contamination or visual defects on products. Question:…

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We posted this back in May 2012, and we noticed the video has gone viral recently with major news channels like CBS news. People do not start feeling charges from an ESD event until the discharge is at least 2000 volts while many common components used for manufacturing of electronics are susceptible to 100 volts or less  .  …

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HUMAN BODY MODEL The updated standard ANSI/ESDA/JEDEC JS-001-2011, For Electrostatic Discharge Sensitivity Testing Human Body Model (HBM) – Component Level Table 3 has divided the Class 0 classification into two withstand voltage levels with class 0A being less than 125 volt sensitivity, and class 0B being 125 to less than 250 volts. If handling class…

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