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ESD Foot Grounders or ESD Shoes – What’s best?

We get a lot of customers asking us if they should use ESD foot grounders or ESD shoes in their EPA. And our answer is always the same: it depends! There really is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing but there… Continue Reading “ESD Foot Grounders or ESD Shoes – What’s best?”

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”

Ionisation – The Big Three

Have you ever wondered if your electronics manufacturing or handling process requires the use of Ionisation? Or perhaps you have considered how to handle insulators within your EPA. In this post, we reveal: 3 Reasons for Ionisation 3 Types of Ionisers 3 Functions of… Continue Reading “Ionisation – The Big Three”

What is an ESD Protected Area (EPA) and why is it essential in controlling ESD?

An Example of an ESD Protected Area (EPA)

In a previous post, we talked about ESD: what it is, what types of ESD damage there are and what costly effects ESD can have. Missed it? Catch-up here. In this post we will start to uncover how we control ESD, but where to start?… Continue Reading “What is an ESD Protected Area (EPA) and why is it essential in controlling ESD?”

The New Statfree® T2 Plus Still Outlasts the Competition

In March 2020 Desco Europe introduced the new Statfree® T2 Plus Worksurface Matting to replace the previous version, Statfree® T2. The NEW Statfree® T2 Plus was designed with a new compound to limit oil absorption into the mat that would cause the edge of the mat to curl,… Continue Reading “The New Statfree® T2 Plus Still Outlasts the Competition”

The Grey Zone

Wrist Strap Testing In a previous blog post we discovered that ESD is the hidden enemy, unfortunately the ESD event itself is not the only invisible element we have to consider. Not only can we not see or feel electrostatic discharges, or see with… Continue Reading “The Grey Zone”

What is the difference between conductive, dissipative, insulative and anti-static?

These terms are thrown around a lot in the ESD world, but often there can be confusion regarding their differences, particularly the term Anti-static. Read on as we distinguish each term and learn what equipment is used to measure them. Conductive Materials or Conductors… Continue Reading “What is the difference between conductive, dissipative, insulative and anti-static?”