Wrist Strap Disintegration

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

Desco has been making wrist straps  for over 30 years.   Our wrist straps are made at our Chino, CA facility.

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.

Controlling ESD on PCB and Component Labels

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.

36th Annual EOS/ESD Symposium in Tuscon, Arizona

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.

Register Online

View the 2014 Program Guide

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.

Wishing You a Safe and Happy July 4th!

Desco Industries, Inc. manufactures ESD control products and other production supply products at six USA factories. Products include ESD bags, wrist straps, worksurface and floor matting, laminates, foot grounders, smocks, gloves, flooring, ionizers, continuous monitors, testers, tape, document holders and other workbench accessories.

In honor of Independence Day we will be closed on Friday, July 4th.

Installing an IRIS Room Ionization System

EMIT installed our IRIS Room Ionization System at a customer over this past weekend. The room called for a 3 zone system covering approximately 10,000 square feet. The power supplies and components are built in our factory in Chino, CA leading up to the scheduled installation date with the customer.

An outline of the installation schedule was as follows:

Day 1 – Friday
Delivered all the materials. Staged all the bagged material in the staging room for the clean room.

Day 2 – Saturday
Hang the majority of the emitters, sensors, and cables. Mount the back plates for the tablets and power supplies.

Day 3 – Sunday
Connect system to IRIS power supplies and tablet monitoring systems.

Day 4 – Monday
Take initial performance measurements. Dial in the settings to find the “sweet spot” and get the targeted decay times we projected. By the end of the day we were getting decay times in three ranges depending on air flow – 16 to 32 seconds in good air flow, 50-60 seconds in fair airflow, and 75-85 seconds in poor airflow.

Day 5 – Tuesday
Finalize the performance measurements after being in operation for over 24 hours. Set up IRIS Server to communicate with the IRIS Client over the customer’s network.

About EMIT IRIS Room Ionization System
IRIS Room Ionization System neutralizes electrostatic charges in an entire cubic volume of a room atmosphere. Each IRIS power supplies can power and control 200 over-head mounted emitters covering approximately 3,500 square feet of area. Each emitter produces bi-polar ionization resulting in stable ion production when in use. Real time ion sensing and cycle timing allows for uninterrupted operation. Standard ABS components and a modular design allow the emitters to be configured to fit most pre-existing rooms. Pair with EMIT TEAM5 IRIS Client Software for continuous automatic ionization balancing of each zone, to keep a running log of all zone activities and to manage calibration.

For more information about the EMIT IRIS Room Ionization System, contact us HERE.

EMIT IRIS Install

Desco Industries will be Closed on Monday May 26, 2014 Observance of the Memorial Day Holiday

All US based Desco Industries locations will be closed on Monday May 26, 2014 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. Customer service will be closed for the day and no orders will be processed for the day. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday May 27, 2014.

Desco Industries, Inc. manufactures ESD control products and other production supply products at six USA factories. Products include ESD bags, wrist straps, worksurface and floor matting, laminates, foot grounders, smocks, gloves, flooring, ionizers, continuous monitors, testers, tape, dispensing bottles, document holders and other workbench accessories.

ESDA Training Online!

EOS/ESD Association, Inc.

Stay Educated, Stay Current!

With ESDA Online Training

June 10th – August 7th, 2014

  • Meet training requirements without travel expenses.
  • Bring new employees up to speed.
  • Learn new technologies.
  • Reserve a training bundle today, choose your classes later.
  • Offering Certification Program courses online
    • Online Device Stress Testing Certification program.
    • Complete six of the required Program Manager Certification tutorials online.
  • An opportunity to experience the IEW without the travel, through online IEW seminars.

The ESDA is offering online training bundle allows you to reserve ten online training courses for a reduced price. Courses can be assigned to one or more employees as your needs arise.

Your credits can be used for any Live or On-Demand online course offered through the ESDA anytime during the year.

Please click the link below for dates and details!

Register Here

You’re invited to the ESD Association Northeast Regional Tutorials

The ESDA Northeast Regional Tutorial Program

May 6-8, 2014

Teradyne Conference Center 600 Riverpark Drive, North Reading, MA

  • Class 0 Devices & Boards – ESD Controls and Auditing Measurements
  • ESD Standards Overview for the Program Manager
  • Packaging Principles for the Program Manager
  • Ionization Issues and Answers for the Program Manager
  • Flooring Selection: Uncovering Maintenance, Ownership and Performance Pitfalls

Register Here

Fundamentals of Electrostatic Discharge – Part Two: Principles of ESD Control – ESD Control Program Development

Published in InCompliance Magazine
Written by The ESD Association
April 01, 2014

The ESD Association has published the second of a six part article titled Fundamentals of Electrostatic Discharge in the April edition of InCompliance. Part two covers the following topics:

  • Basic Principles of Static Control
  • Design In Protection
  • Define the Level of Control Needed in Your Environment
  • Identify and Define the Electrostatic Protected Areas (EPA)
  • Reduce Electrostatic Charge Generation
  • Dissipate and Neutralize
  • Protect Products
  • Elements of an Effective ESD Control Program
  • Establish an ESD Coordinator and ESD Teams
  • Assess Your Organization, Facility, Processes and Losses
  • Establish and Document Your ESD Control Program Plan
  • Build Justification to Get the Top Management Support
  • Develop and Implement a Training Plan
  • Develop and Implement a Compliance Verification Plan

The Read the rest of Fundamentals of Electrostatic Discharge – Part Two: Principles of ESD Control – ESD Control Program Development HERE.

Desco offers a 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.

Receive a Free Wrist Strap Kit with Each Multi-Mount Monitor (Item #19228) Purchased

19228 Single-Wire Continuous Monitor

To claim your free wrist straps, submit your information and a copy of your invoice for your previously purchased 19228.  Select one wrist strap kit from the items listed below for each 19228 purchased.  This offer is only available for purchases of 19228 made after 2014-03-03. 
 
Submit your invoice here.
Wrist Strap Kits

Adjustable Elastic Wrist Strap Kit with 6′ Coil Cord

Sapphire Jewel® Adjustable Wrist Strap Kit with 6′ Coil Cord

09070 - Adjustable Elastic Wrist Strap
09100 - Jewek® Adjustable Elastic Wrist Strap Kit

Jewel® MagSnap Adjustable Wrist Strap Kit with 6′ Coil Cord

Jewel® MagSnap Adjustable Wrist Strap Kit with 6′ Coil Cord and Right Angle Banana

09184 - Jewel® MagSnap Adjustable Elastic Wrist Strap
09202 - Jewel® MagSnap Adjustable Elastic Wrist Strap
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