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Safe ESD Workspace

How to make your workspace ESD safe

Creating an ESD safe workspace is one of the best things you can do to ensure a productive, secure, happy environment. Electrostatic damage (ESD) is caused by a sudden flow of electricity between two objects. It is often triggered by physical contact. Make it ESD Safe by Minimizing the Risk Tools, workbenches, clothing and electronic equipment can all increase the risk of an ESD event. Because almost all work environments include some variation of these items, it’s necessary to take safety precautions [...]

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Future of Manufacturing

3 important changes that will shape the future of manufacturing safety

Manufacturing production in the United States has steadily decreased over the past 16 years. Starting in mid-2000, manufacturing jobs began to disappear at an alarming rate. In 2016 more than five million manufacturing jobs had been lost. Clearly, something has to change if manufacturing wants to become a major player in the U.S. economy once again. Change is never easy, but adaptability is key to the survival of manufacturing. Slowly but surely the industry has begun to evolve. More efficient processes, training, [...]

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Auto Manufacturers

Auto manufacturers and the risk of electrostatic damage

The number one thing auto manufacturers want to improve is production. Without production, vehicles parts would never be assembled, employees would lose their jobs, and manufacturing as we know it would die. In order to achieve a high level of productivity, auto manufacturers take into consideration a number of factors:      Safety      Efficiency      Training      Processing time      Automated production The list goes on, but safety often carries the most weight. Why? Because an unsafe work environment often leads to problems down the road that cause [...]

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medical technology

ESD training in the medical industry: what to know

ESD training is a vital aspect of maintaining safety in the healthcare industry. Health and safety requirements in the medical industry are some of the most comprehensive in the country. Those employed by healthcare organizations are expected to understand the basics of maintaining a medically safe environment for themselves and their patients. In addition, doctors, surgeons, and medical staff undergo extensive training to minimize the potential of safety threats while providing patient care. Medical safety training is essential to the operations of hospitals, [...]

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Static Shielding Bags

What you need to know about static shielding bags

ESD packaging containers, such as antistatic bags and static shielding bags, are some of the most important safety products used in manufacturing environments. Without these specialized containers, it would be virtually impossible to safely transport products and components from the factory floor to their final destination. While antistatic bags and static shielding bags share a similar nomenclature, but don’t let Wikipedia fool you, they each serve a different function when it comes to transporting ESD-sensitive products. All About Antistatic and Static Shielding Bags ESD-focused packaging [...]

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Vendor resource Management

Vendor resource management: the solution to production obstacles

What kind of splicing do you use in your manufacturing process? Does it require a substantial amount of manual labor? Are aspects of your manufacturing process obstructing your productivity? Most U.S. manufacturers struggle with a variety of vending and supply sourcing issues that negatively affect their production and absorb excess resources. In addition, vendor resource management and consolidation are major hassles that many manufacturers aren’t equipped to handle. Why is this a problem? Because manufacturers have to source hundreds, sometimes thousands, of [...]

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ESD Equipment

Purchasing the best ESD protection equipment

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 [...]

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ESD Protection

Why ESD packaging is so essential

Your company’s manufacturing processes are undoubtedly designed to minimize the risk of ESD-based damage to products — but the same can’t be said for the facilities and practices of your subcontractors, shipping agents, and the companies that ultimately sell your product. There’s a limitless number of scenarios that can result in serious damage to your products, particularly when it comes to uncontrollable exposure to electrostatic hazards after they leave your factory. As laid out by the ESD Association (ESDA), the three biggest [...]

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ESD Common Misuses

Common misuses of ESD products – and how they hurt your company

The correct use of ESD products ensures safety for both your employees and your company’s products. Per the recommendations of the ESD Association, ESD safety measures should be implemented in many different areas of your business, including:      Receiving      Inspection      Stores and warehouses      Assembly      Test and inspection      Research and development      Packaging      Field service repair      Offices and laboratories      Cleanrooms When it comes to safety, different areas will require different ESD products. The shipping and receiving sections will require the use of ESD packaging materials and specialized ESD tapes, whereas the assembly department will have a [...]

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ESD Gloves

ESD essentials: choosing the right ESD gloves

Cleanrooms and manufacturing work requires a number of different safety procedures in order to protect both the workers and the products being handled from potential dangers like electrostatic discharge. One of the cornerstone elements of cleanroom and manufacturing safety is the use of electrostatic discharge (ESD) gloves. The Basics of ESD Gloves The ultimate goal of an ESD glove is to minimize the amount of static electricity in a particular work environment, such as when handling sensitive electronics or working on a [...]

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