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Future Electronics

Antistat completes distribution agreement with Future Electronics

Future Electronics, a global leader in electronics distribution, has an impressive reputation for developing efficient, comprehensive global supply chain solutions, as well as providing differentiated engineering services encompassing technical support, technology training and custom board design.   Antistat’s main areas of expertise is high-end, technology led packaging solutions, ESD supplies and Clean Room materials. In addition, the company specializes in finding innovative technical solutions, as well as identifying ways to reduce purchasing and supply costs. Antistat is one of the UK’s top [...]

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12 aspects of ESD safety standards you need to know

ESD safety is of paramount importance for many industries that include the use of, and have close proximity to sensitive electronic equipment. Thanks to the efforts of the ESD Association, ESD safety standards are in place to aid businesses that want to improve workplace production, efficiency, and security. ESD Safety Standards The purpose of implementing ESD safety standards is to provide guidance for organizations that need to establish an ESD control program. Creating a control program is one of the most effective ways companies [...]

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The most critical ESD equipment: everything you need to know

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is a problem that affects almost every kind of business in the world. Indeed, static electricity and ESD have been a serious industrial problem for centuries, with history’s first static control proceduresappearing as early as the 1400s. Long before the advent of the integrated circuit and its accompanying electronics, humanity struggled to mitigate the threat of electrostatic discharge. Simple actions such as walking across workspace floors, dragging tools across and equipment across non-conductive surfaces, and standing rather than [...]

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ESD workstation flaws: how to identify 3 common risks

ESD workstation flaws are more common than you might think. Static risks arrive at your ESD workstation from a variety of sources, including incoming shipments, tools, parts, test equipment, chairs and even the clothes and shoes your workforce wears. Most of the major flaws at your workstation can be avoided by identifying three general concerns: Insulator situations which allow charges to build. Hidden charge sources which bring static to your ESD-sensitive area. Electrical overstress which might not cause immediate failures, but lowers the quality of products leaving your [...]

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The History of Static Control

The history of static control procedures (and a few fun facts)

Humidity, workbench surfaces, temperatures, surface conductivity, and material type all affect your ability to implement static control. Static electricity can be a thorn in your side. When you’re responsible for the safety of an entire manufacturing facility, lab, or even a small team of technicians and engineers, you spend a significant amount of time looking for ways to control static levels. The principle of static electricity was first noted around 585 BC in ancient Greece. After rubbing a piece of amber against a piece [...]

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ESD Equipment

ESD equipment that improves safety & workplace protection

As a company that provides ESD equipment solutions, we often receive a number of questions surrounding ESD equipment and what exactly it is. Those questions cover a very broad, but important area of ESD safety. What exactly is ESD equipment? As a broad term, ESD equipment includes everything from a basic antistatic screwdriver to a multimillion-dollar automated assembly line with a full ESD Protected Area (EPA). In a more precise light, ESD equipment is an umbrella term that describes an almost-endless variety of tools, [...]

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What to look for when choosing ESD safety shoes

Clean room safety requires a number of different safety implements and procedures. In addition to protecting employee’s hands and faces, many companies also have a need to provide protection for employee’s feet as they work with sensitive electronics. To this end, many organizations purchase ESD safety shoes for their employees in order to add an additional layer of electrostatic discharge protection to their work environments. Standards For ESD Safety Shoes As specified in ISO 20345, the standards dictating the design and construction of ESD shoes are extremely [...]

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Staying Grounded

Staying grounded: how to fulfill ESD grounding requirements

When you work with sensitive electronic products, you know that static electricity is one of the problems affecting company safety and profitability. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is an ongoing issue, even for organizations that don’t directly handle electronic products, such as hospitals. Regardless of the industry or company type, the first line of defense against the effects of static electricity is to establish and implement approved ESD grounding requirements. Getting a Handle on ESD Grounding Requirements To determine your specific ESD grounding requirements, [...]

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