Integrated circuit technologies are constantly evolving. They require less voltage and power and produce higher speeds with smaller geometrics. While improvements are great, they have also made equipment more susceptible to ESD events.
Finding ESD protection equipment can make a huge difference to the level of profit and loss a company sustains. The best equipment protects investments, supports a safety-conscious work environment, and greatly diminishes the chances of incurring ESD damage. Following ESD control standards is the most effective way to determine your two purchasing requirements:
- Purchasing Frequency
- Equipment Quality
Fulfilling these two purchasing requirements will help you prioritize the equipment your organization needs the most.
When should you purchase ESD protection equipment? How often should you purchase ESD protection equipment? Where can you find the best equipment? There are two important guidelines to keep in mind as you consider the purchasing frequency for your ESD protection equipment:
Always purchase from an ESD distribution specialist, especially if you’re a little newer to the particulars of ESD protection equipment. They can recommend purchasing dates and frequency based on your company size and need for equipment. In addition, they can help you reduce purchasing costs over the long-term by recommending high-quality products.
The best ESD distribution specialists follow rigorous quality control standards. This means they have close relationships with suppliers, which allows them to ensure the highest quality products are being purchased with fair pricing. Product quality is ensured through testing that identifies any abnormalities or defects.
ESD Protection Equipment Quality
The best ESD protection equipment will pay for itself over time as the amount of ESD is reduced and the life of your equipment increases. Understanding the type of equipment you need and the level of performance you desire will also help you determine the quality of equipment you require. There are three categories of ESD protection equipment that can be used to determine the overall quality. Your need for equipment in each category will vary depending on your company size, number of employees, type of electrical equipment, workspaces, and more.
The three types of equipment used for ESD protection:
- Ground Conductors
- ESD Shields
Grounding Conductors provide a way to channel electrical currents from equipment or electrical circuits to a conducting body. This helps ensure personal safety and protects equipment from electrical charges by dissipating them. Grounding equipment also helps establish more reliability and predictability which is key to the success of safety standards.
Ionizers help balance ions in the air by equaling the number of positively charged ions and negatively charged ions in a workspace. This helps to increase the electrical conductivity of the air, reducing the chances of unsafe electrical discharges.
ESD shields protect equipment from unwanted signals by limiting the electronic current that flows to objects with different electrical potential. Excess electrical charges will often try to go somewhere outside of their circuit. ESD shields prohibit these charges from leaving.
These three categories of ESD protection equipment can be used to identify the best solutions needed for your workspaces, employees, and electrical equipment. Once you’ve established the type of equipment you need, the only thing left to do is determine the quality of the products you’re going to purchase. Case studies, reviews, and published testing results are the best way to determine ESD protection equipment quality. If any of those sources are hard to come by, contacting an ESD distribution specialist can usually provide the necessary results.