ESD Equipment

Pink Antistatic Bags – clearing up the confusion

One way to reduce risks of ESD events is by using pink antistatic bags. Pink antistatic bags are an ideal packaging solution for transporting non-ESD sensitive items in to an EPA. In fact they are the only form of ‘plastic’ bags recognised as being suitable to use in an EPA; conventional plastic bags have the ability to generate and hold in excess of 10,000 volts, which would be disastrous in proximity to static-sensitive electronics. What are they made from? Pink antistatic bags [...]

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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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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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ESD Wrist Straps

How to stay protected from electrostatic danger with ESD wrist straps

If you or your workforce spend a significant amount of time working on, or near, sensitive electronic equipment, you may be familiar with the dangers of static electricity. Electrostatic damage is a constant concern for individuals who work in production and computer environments. Manufacturing, warehousing, and many other industries need to take steps to alleviate the risk of ESD events occurring. An effective way to ensure ESD safety is to employ the use of ESD and antistatic equipment and supplies. [...]

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ESD Control Plan

Why you need to create an ESD control plan now

Do you currently have an ESD control plan in place? If your business operates in the manufacturing, biomedical, warehousing or semiconductor industry or you’ve probably experienced some static electricity issues. While the term “static electricity” sounds harmless enough, it can cause significant damage to sensitive electronic equipment and workers in close proximity to an ESD event. This forces companies to repeatedly replace expensive equipment. Without an ESD control plan in place, there’s no protection in the work environment from electrostatic damage (ESD). Static [...]

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esd flooring

The essential things to know about ESD mats

In many work environments, static electricity is one of the greatest threats to employee safety. A stray spark from an electrostatic discharge (ESD) can cause serious harm to an individual and prompt damage to highly sensitive equipment. Because of this, the importance of having proper ESD safety equipment is paramount. Static electricity can be generated several different ways. Using a “ground up” approach is best when preventing electrical build up. To this end, all ESD safety plans should include the presence and [...]

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esd gloves technology

How to identify signs of poorly made ESD gloves

ESD gloves are an essential part of safety protocol in laboratories, factories, warehouses, and other manufacturing facilities. They have become a standard part of maintaining safety protocol in cleanrooms and ESD protection areas. High-quality ESD gloves should provide a resistive path from the body to the product, tools, or equipment being handled, such as sensitive electronic equipment and materials with the ability to hold and transfer a charge. Advantages of Nitrile and Vinyl ESD Gloves According to Solid State Technology, nitrile and vinyl gloves help [...]

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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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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 greatlydiminishes the chances of incurring ESD damage. Following ESD control standards is the most effective way to determine [...]

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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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