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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 Safety

The ultimate ESD workstation safety guide

If you work in an environment where ESD (electrostatic damage) is an ongoing 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 [...]

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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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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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