What is ESD damage?
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects when they come in contact. If powerful enough, the ESD can be felt, seen, or even heard by humans. Such an occurrence is called an electrostatic shock.
ESD damage is hard to detect and often invisible.
However, electronic components and products handled in many workplaces nowadays can be affected by lower voltages. This is how ESD is most likely to occur. Defects caused by ESD damage can often be neither seen nor detected in final testing. Nevertheless, they can cause issues in the product, for example, by weakening its durability or changing its functionality.
What are some ESD precautions I can take in my workspace?
To avoid ESD damage, proper ESD protection should be ensured by building an EPA, which is an ESD protected area in which electronic components, parts, and products can be handled safely. The main role in an EPA is played by furniture with ESD protection, including ESD workbenches, chairs, mats, and other items.
Preventing ESD protection is especially important in the electronics industry, but the increasing use of electronics in all kinds of products is leading to the need for EPAs in more and more workplaces in industrial and technical environments.
ESD protection is worth the investment. Preventing ESD damage from happening is more cost-effective than repairing or replacing damaged products. Large amounts of damaged products can also influence the company’s image and the value of its brand.
Interested in equipping your facility with EDS protected areas? Contact Treston today, or download our guide to creating an EPA for more information about how to make your workspace ESD safe.