EPA

This video covers the fundamental principles for protecting ESD sensitive components in a electronics production environment. The presentation includes an explanation and demonstrations of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD), the different models for ESD events, and material types used in an ESD Protected Area (EPA). To learn how to build an effective ESD control program that is…

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Lenovo Service posted a video on their youtube site called “Understanding Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) for Technicians.” We encourage you to take a look.  The video is very informative and does a good job of covering the basics of ESD control when working with ESD susceptible devices or components. The basic practices of controlling ESD when…

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Conductors Electrical current flows easily Can be grounded Materials that easily transfer electrons (or charge) are called conductors and are said to have “free” electrons. Some examples of conductors are metals, carbon, and the human body’s sweat layer. Grounding works effectively to remove ElectroStatic charges from conductors to ground. The other term often used in…

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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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The recent InCompliance article Achieving Perfect ESD Audits for S20.20 ESD Control Programs discusses the ESD Control Plan of General Dynamics Mission Systems facility in Bloomington, MN ESD Control Plan and their ongoing effort to manage the program.  The article outlines the program as follows: ESD Training Program Recurrent ESD Auditing Program Changes Made to…

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We are regularly asked if paper is OK in the ESD Protected Area or at an ESD workstation. Regular paper is insulative but tends to be low charging because it is hygroscopic (readily absorbs moisture).  The primary concern with paper is placing ESD sensitive items on the paper interfering with the path-to-ground of the grounded ESD mat.  Best practice…

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Published in InCompliance Magazine Written by The ESD Association April 01, 2014 The ESD Association has published the second of a six part article titled Fundamentals of Electrostatic Discharge in the April edition of InCompliance. Part two covers the following topics: Basic Principles of Static Control Design In Protection Define the Level of Control Needed…

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