Tag: EPA

8 Items Needed to Convert your Workstation into an EPA

When referring to an “ESD Protected Area” or “EPA”, a lot of people imagine rooms or even whole factory floors with numerous workstations. This very common misconception leads to nervousness and even fear when it comes to implementing an ESD Control Programme. There is… Continue Reading “8 Items Needed to Convert your Workstation into an EPA”

Looking for the right ESD Work Surface Mat?

What is an ESD Protective Work Surface? ESD work surfaces aid in the prevention of damage to ESD sensitive items (ESDS) and assemblies from electrostatic discharge.ESD working surfaces, such as mats, are typically an integral part of the ESD workstation, particularly in areas where… Continue Reading “Looking for the right ESD Work Surface Mat?”

Best Storage Conditions for PCBs

4 Steps to a Completely Dry ESD Packaging System

Most people are aware of the dangers ElectroStatic Discharge (ESD) can pose on a Printed Circuit Board (PCB). A standard bare PCB (meaning that it has no semiconductor components installed) should not be susceptible to ESD damage. However, as soon as you pack it… Continue Reading “Best Storage Conditions for PCBs”

Why Wave Distortion Technology is superior

We talked in the past about the benefits of continuous monitors and also introduced the different types (single-wire vs. dual-wire) to you. The focus of today’s post is the technology behind continuous monitors – how they work and how they compare to each other. So, let’s jump right… Continue Reading “Why Wave Distortion Technology is superior”

4 Common Wrist Strap Mistakes and one way to avoid them!

The Mistakes Are you regularly getting complaints from your operators that wrist straps are awkward or uncomfortable? Do you come across them not being worn properly? Below you can find just 4 of many mistakes that are made with wrist straps on a regular… Continue Reading “4 Common Wrist Strap Mistakes and one way to avoid them!”

The role of ESD lab coats and Smocks in the ESD Protected Areas

Most people tend to believe that if a person is wearing a wrist strap, an ESD Lab Coat or smock is redundant. This is due to the belief that any charge on the person or their clothes would find its way to ground via… Continue Reading “The role of ESD lab coats and Smocks in the ESD Protected Areas”

3 Tips for Fighting ESD

As electronic technology advances, electronic circuitry gets progressively smaller. As the size of components is reduced, so is the microscopic spacing of insulators and circuits within them, increasing their sensitivity to ESD. Industry experts estimate that average electronics product losses due to static discharge… Continue Reading “3 Tips for Fighting ESD”

8 Steps to IEC 61340-5-1 Compliance

To become compliant to IEC 61340-5-1:2016 an organisation must develop and write an “ESD control program plan”. In today’s blog, we review the 8 requirements outlined in IEC 61340-5-1:2016 for a compliant ESD Control Plan. Per IEC 61340-5-1:2016, Section 5.2.1 “The plan is the principal… Continue Reading “8 Steps to IEC 61340-5-1 Compliance”

3 Steps In Fighting ESD

So far we’ve learned what ESD is and why ESD Protected Areas are so important. In today’s post, we want to equip you with 3 simple tactics to protect your ESD sensitive items. It’s easier than you think! ESD Protection is a Requirement!As electronic technology advances, electronic… Continue Reading “3 Steps In Fighting ESD”

What you need to set-up an ESD Protected Area

As we discovered last week, an ESD Protected Area (EPA) is a defined space where all surfaces, objects, people and ESD Sensitive Devices (ESDS) are kept at the same potential. Simple, right? Not necessarily, sometimes it is easier said than done as every company’s… Continue Reading “What you need to set-up an ESD Protected Area”