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GUIDE: Basics of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD). Introduction to Static Electricity

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Introduction to Static Electricity

In ordinary circumstances, static electricity and ESD are little more than an annoyance. However, in an increasingly technological age, the familiar static shock we receive when walking across a carpet can be costly or dangerous.

This same static discharge can ignite flammable mixtures and damage electronic components. Static electricity can attract contaminants in clean environments or cause products to stick together.

The cost of ESD-damaged electronic devices alone ranges from only a few cents for a simple diode to several hundred dollars for complex hybrids. Loss of production time in web processing industries due to static attraction is significant. When associated costs of repair and rework, shipping, labor, and overhead are included, clearly the opportunities exist for significant improvements in reducing losses to ESD and static electricity.


Links to Other ESD Resources

Arizona ESD Association
Electronic Industries Alliance
Electrostatics Society of America
Institute of Electrostatics - Japan
Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology
IPC - Association Connecting Electronic Industries
Midwest Chapter, ESD Association
National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (NARTE)
Northeast Chapter, ESD Association
Surface Mount Technology Association

Circuits Assembly
Compliance Engineering
ESD Journal
Evaluation Engineering
Test and Measurement World
Test and Measurement Online  

American National Standards Institute
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
British Standards Institution
DIN (Deutsches Institut fur Normung)
Electronic Industries Alliance
IPC - Association Connecting Electronic Industries
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

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