Many ESD (electrostatic discharge) surveys are basic; checking connections to make sure that static control products like wrist straps are working correctly. However, they are not keeping pace with the demands of the modern electronics manufacturing industry. Restronics Northwest’s EOS/ESD Assessment digs deeper than a run-of-the-mill survey to help find and address EOS and ESD issues. Representing our partners, we’ll check your ESD containers, ESD floors, workstations, chairs, production tools, and carts.
The EOS/ESD Assessment also gives you a sampling of select areas within your facility, including SMT lines, soldering stations, functional test, and shipping/receiving. The Assessment Report provides numeric findings, gaps between the program and industry standards ANSI/ESD S20.20 and IPC-A-610E, references to best practices, and recommendations for improvements.
If you are interested in learning more about ESD control for your company, we have a fantastic, free resource – the ESD Awareness Guide, where you’ll learn more about:
- What is an ESD Control Program Plan
- ESD Basics for ESD Program per ANSI/ESD S20.20
- ESD Basics Quizzes with links to answers
ESD CONTROL PROGRAM
A strong ESD control program can only be as strong as its weakest link. Emphasizing these fundamental ESD control principles is where you should begin:
- Clear identification of ESD vulnerable components and products.
- Grounding of all conductors, even staff, in an ESD protected area.
- Removal of non-essential insulators from ESD protected areas and neutralization of charges on essential insulators via ionization.
- Enclosure of ESD-susceptible items in static-shielding packaging when transported or stored outside an ESD protected area.