ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE (ESD) CONTROLS
WHAT IS ESD?
Electrostatic Discharge is the rapid movement of a charge from one object to another. When this occurs, it is as an ESD Event.
Without the correct controls to protect sensitive electronics, an ESD Event can cause damage, which may not be seen, and may not be discovered until weeks or months after the event.
Electronic Manufacturing Solutions Ltd (EMS) has two internal ESD Coordinators who are trained in accordance with ESD S20:20 & BS-EN-61340-5-1 standards, provided by STEM Training and trained to;
- Audit the ESD facility.
- Maintain and develop and ESD control programme.
- Provide internal employee training.
All of EMS employees will now be trained by the coordinators and the audit programme reviewed and developed to reflect the evolving and developing setup of EMS.
EMS controls access to all areas, involving the handling of electronic components, via the identification and maintenance of Electrostatic Protected Areas (EPAs). Access to the EPA requires appropriate ESD clothing testing, twice per day, to ensure the clothing and connecting equipment is in good working order.
All of EMS employees are trained by the coordinators and the audit programme reviewed and developed to reflect the evolving and developing setup of EMS.