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Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th!
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Two important elements to managing an ESD Control Plan are:
- controlling access to the ESD Protected Area
- and record keeping of personnel grounding devices – wrist strap, foot grounders, and smocks.
ESD coordinators are faced with the challenge of limiting access to the ESD Protected Area to people that are properly trained to handle ESD susceptible devices and that are using a personnel grounding device. Additionally, the ESD coordinator must track the people that have accessed the ESD Protected Area and confirm that their personnel grounding devices are functioning correctly. Traditionally this has been done with a log book where operators (and visitors) note their test results in an honor system fashion. These log books are then stored for future uses for reference in quality issues or audits. The record keeping system is of a bygone era and is quickly being replaced with a more modern electronic record keeping system.
The SmartLog V5™ independently tests the resistance path limits of the wrist strap and both ESD footwear in less than 2 seconds. It may also test an ESD garment while worn if it is used as part of personnel grounding path. Test results are electronically stored in the SmartLog V5™ and then downloaded to a PC for evaluation and archiving of the data. This product can be used as one of the tools to fulfill the ANSI/ESD S20.20 section 7.3 “Compliance Verification Plan.” The Smartlog V5™ may be paired with a turnstile or connection to an electronically locking door to further control access to the ESD Protected Area. The TEAM5 software manages personnel and test data for personnel ESD grounding devices tested on the SmartLog V5™.
Test and personnel data may be viewed/reported locally, via a network Web page and emailed automatically on a scheduled or on-demand basis. TEAM5 uses date/time stamps on all user requirement changes to comply with quality control and record keeping requirements. This ensures archived tests are always linked to historically accurate personnel data. The SmartLog V5™ ESD test stations and Network (Multi User) programs operate semi-autonomously to ensure continuous operation even while network or server outages occur.
The profile of a right angle banana plug when inserted in a banana jack is approximately 4 times less than a straight banana plug. The lower profile reduces the opportunity for people, carts, or other things in the work area to accidentally disengage or damage the banana plug.
Reduced Strain on Cord
At most ESD protected workstations the banana jack or workstation monitor is located at the front edge to one side. The design of a right angle banana coil cord reduces the stress on the plug/jack connection. Operators will experience less “tug” from the coil cord and the lifespan of the cord will be extended.
To further evaluate the right angle banana coil cord, request a sample of one of these wrist strap kits:
*For use with dual conductor (dual wire) monitors only.
The new 06767 Dissipative Label Dispenser holds a roll of labels and helps peel away the backing from the label. It is made of static dissipative corrugated and is designed to be used on a grounded ESD work surface at the workstation in an ESD Protected Area. This dispenser can be used with labels up to 2 inches wide. Label rolls must have a core to work with the label dispenser.
Labels are not included. Item ships unassembled. Download assembly instructions here.
Request a sample today.
The EOS/ESD Association is offering a 2 day tutorial titled “Fundamental Handling Practices, Basic ESD Control Program, and Simplified Measurements.” For more information and to register click HERE.
All US based Desco Industries locations will be closed on Monday September 1, 2014 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. Customer service, production, shipping, and all other departments will be closed. No orders will be processed for the day. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday September 2, 2014.
Thank you for being a valued customer of Desco Industries. Our staff would like to wish you a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.
On the EDN Network‘s “Rowe’s and Columns” blog, Martin Rowe’s recent post is about the disintegration of his wrist strap.
I’ve used ESD wrist straps whenever I work on a computer and have never had an ESD problem, even in dry winter conditions. Today, I needed to open a desktop computer so I reached for one of my four ESD wrist straps. To my surprise, all of them had exposed ground wires. The insulation was gone in a few places. What happened?
The wrist strap pictured in the blog is NOT a product made by Desco. To see pictures and the rest of the post go here
The problem Martin is having is somewhat odd but is likely due to plasticizers leaching out (possibly accelerated with heat) of the PVC material over time which can cause the cord’s insulation to become brittle and break down. Desco makes some of our wrist straps with polyurethane insulated coil cords to avoid this. An operator that is working near a heat source (soldering iron, oven, power supplies, etc) and using a coil cord with PVC insulation may experience something similar.
Desco’s wrist straps are some of the most reliable products on the market. We include manufacturer’s markings and date codes on the coil cord and the wristband to allow our customers to track the value of our product. Please contact us at Service@Desco.com if you are interested in evaluating a Desco wrist strap.
A typical ESD Control Plan covers a facility from receiving to shipping. Within the facility, the established ESD Protected Area must account for all potential points where ESD may damage ESD susceptible devices. A white paper from Brady Corporation covers controlling ESD on PCB and component labels. The paper points out that:
One common area where ESD can be present that may be overlooked is in standard PCB and component labels used to track work in process and provide long-term records of production, repair and warranty information. Many people who are familiar with ESD and controlling ESD in the electronics assembly environment may not have considered standard labels as a potential source for ESD events that can damage electronic components or assemblies.
To download and read the entire article click HERE
Desco offers no-charge ESD surveys as a way to have an extra set of eyes evaluate your factory’s ESD control environments. Our sales reps are outfitted with equipment to perform ESD Surveys. Using the ESD Association’s standards and their equipment, Desco sales reps will take measurements, make observations, and provide you with a written report to help you manage your program. If you are interested in an ESD Survey and/or a test equipment demo please contact us HERE.
The 36th Annual EOS/ESD Symposium and Exhibits will be held at at the The Westin La Paloma Resort, Tucson, Arizona.
Desco has been a part of the ESD Symposium for all 36 years of its existence. Desco employees have volunteered their time to be a part of the ESD Association’s standards meetings, working groups, and other functions at the annual symposium. Desco will also have a booth in the exhibits area again this year.
Dates – September 7-12, 2014 with Exhibits opened from Monday, September 8th at 6:00 p.m. closing Wednesday, September 10th at 1:30 p.m.
Discounted lodging reservations can be made by calling toll-free reservations line at 1-888-627-7201 or by calling direct to the Westin La Paloma at 1-520-742-6000 and referring to 2014 EOS/ESD Symposium and Exhibits or ESDA- September 3-12, 2014.