Don't Start No Static!

March 17, 2017

Electro-static discharge (ESD) can be a serious problem when handling electronic equipment. It can cause permanent damage in both an immediate and latent fashion causing components to fail prematurely. The little electric arc we produce when touching a door knob is somewhere between 2,000 and can be as much as 35,000 volts!

A Shocking Accident

Electro-static discharge (ESD) can be a serious problem when handling electronic equipment. It can cause permanent damage in both an immediate and latent fashion causing components to fail prematurely. The little electric arc we produce when touching a door knob is somewhere between 2,000 and can be as much as 35,000 volts!

Don't forget to use protection

It is important when handling any kind of electronic device to use proper protection against ESD. There are many resources all over the internet to learn more information about how to protect your workspace and equipment. I have attached an ON-Semiconductor article that is a terrific document on the subject.

There are also many different products available to combat this unexpected foe. The grounded ESD prevention mat complete with wrist strap is the tried and true method, but it’s not always practical in the industrial environment.

Luckily there are many available choices. Some of the more exotic options include ceiling mounted air ionizers, Anti-static wipes and even anti-static floor paint systems.

It's not the Heat - It's the Humidity

One of the best ways to cut down on ESD is to regulate the relative humidity in the workspace. Keeping the relative humidity between 65% and 90% will reduce ESD Generation by approx. 95% when compared to an area with a relative humidity of 10% to 20%. So don’t start no static and you won’t have no problems!