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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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Autonomous car

Why 2017 is poised to be the year of self-driving cars

Self driving cars have been a fictional staple of a progressive future for decades. Science fiction movies, TV shows, and books have made autonomous vehicles the focus of countless storylines. Now, thanks to a globally competitive mindset that is driving impressive advances in technology, self driving cars are no longer the subject of an abstract future. The future has arrived. It’s just not so prolific that the streets are filled with 100% robotic drivers…yet. The majority of self driving vehicles have [...]

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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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STEM Skills

STEM skills shortage hurts the manufacturing and electronics industries

STEM skills are the four pillars of innovation; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM influences almost every aspect of our lives. We’re surrounded by science on a daily basis, and technology continues to evolve at an extraordinary rate, becoming more and more integral in our everyday lives. Globalization has heightened the need for well-rounded STEM skills in a landscape that is becoming increasingly competitive. Economies that have a healthy population of people with STEM skills can expect to realize a wide range of [...]

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ESD Workstation Saftey

The ultimate ESD workstation safety guide

If you work in an environment where ESD (electrostatic damage) is an on-going concern, it’s extremely important to create a safe ESD workstation space. ESD workstations are usually set up in protective zones called EPAs, or electrostatic protected areas. Many people don’t realize that creating a safe workstation will enhance their productivity and will often reduce costs associated with ESD damage. This guide will cover all the elements you’ll need to properly set up a workstation that is both safe and functional. Setting Up Your [...]

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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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