Labor Day Holiday – Closed on Monday September 5, 2016

All US based Desco Industries locations will be closed on Monday September 5, 2016 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 6, 2014.

We thank you for being a valued customer of Desco Industries. Our staff would like to wish you a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.


Bob Ostrofsky. Canton, MA – Shipping Department, 27 Years of Service


Rachel S. Chino, CA – Accounts Receivable, 30 Years of Service



Luz S. Miami, FL – Sewing Operation, 10 Years Service


Lacey M. Rochester, NH – Production, 7 Years Service

Static Shielding Bags vs Pink Poly Bags

Watch our video on Static Shielding Bags vs Pink Poly Bags.

The 38th Annual EOS/ESD Symposium

The 38th Annual EOS/ESD Symposium and Exhibits will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove (Anaheim), CA.

Desco has been a part of the ESD Symposium for nearly 30 years. 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 11 – September 16, 2016 with Exhibits opened from Monday, September 12th at 6:00 p.m. closing Wednesday, September 14th at 1:10 p.m.

Contact us for a Complimentary Pass to the exhibits area or Register Online.

View the 2016 Program Guide

ESD to Blame for Sinking of Astronaut Grissom’s Spacecraft

Charles Murray, Technical Editor of Design News writes “Even casual observers of US space history know the unfortunate story of Gus Grissom. He’s the astronaut who accidently blew the hatch off the Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft, causing it to fill with seawater and sink into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean in 1961.”

Grissom maintained he did not panic and blow the hatch, though a cloud of doubt always hung above his claim. (It certainly was evident in the movie “The Right Stuff”).

Well, new evidence suggests that the real culprit was in fact electrostatic discharge, or ESD.

To read the complete article, Click Here.

Wrist Straps Q and A – Part 1

Q: What is a wrist strap?

A: A wrist strap is the combination of a wrist band and a cord (usually coiled) that is used to ground an operator that handles ESD susceptible devices.09070

Q: Metal wrist straps last many times longer than fabric. I know it is dependent on conditions, but what is an average life expectancy of both in your best judgement?

A: Fabric: Under normal conditions, we expect the clasp portion of a fabric band to last forever – a lifetime. The band material can be replaced or washed as needed.


Metal: 3 years–5 years, but we rarely see one of the these that has failed due to normal use. The bands are designed with a series of springs and those springs can break if over-stretched, but that is about the only wear point on a metal band. See a video on how the metal bands are made HERE

Q: Do cords break/wear out faster than the wrist straps?

A: Yes. the cord will be subject to far more wear than a wrist band in most applications.


Q: Can I buy new cords or bands separately?

A: Yes. Customers also find that they need a different style cord (length, material, banana angle) or band (metal, fabric, color) after their initial purchase.


Q: Are ALL fabric wrist straps considered to be elastic?

A: Desco’s are, but no, not ALL fabric wrist straps are elastic.  Desco uses 36 strands of lycra spandex in the fabric to maintain contact with the wearer skin throughout normal motions. Some low quality wrist strap bands have minimal or no elastic fibers in them and only rely on a “tight cinch” of the band to maintain contact with the wearer’s skin. These types of bands are subject to intermittencies because the “tight cinch” is uncomfortable for the wearer and will loosen during normal (un-normal) movements by the operator.

Q:  When looking at all that is available, why the big disparity in wrist strap pricing with yours and your competitors?

A: The disparity in price is largely based on the quality of the raw materials and workmanship in manufacturing Desco wrist straps.  Some differentiating features are:

  • 300 series stainless steel machined snaps on wrist band
  • Silver plated polypropylene yarn used in band material
  • Lycra spandex elastic
  • 300 series stainless steel used on metal clasp parts
  • Replaceable band
  • Patented barrel type banana plug with machined contour spring support.
  • Cord bending Life Test average >1,000,000 cycles
  • Cord break load average 30 pounds.
  • T-2940 tinsel conductor and 7 strands of polyester wrapped with copper for flexibility and strength.
  • Date coded
  • UL Listed
  • Made in Chino, CA USA

 Q: Is anyone’s quality really that much better?

A: Yes.  Anybody that moves to continuous monitor system or an ESD Protected Area access control system that does not allow an operator into the ESD Protected Area or to continue working in the ESD Protected Area realizes that there is a massive difference in the quality. Quality assurance departments that track performance of wrist straps quickly realize that putting the product that they are handling at risk in favor of an ill-functioning wrist strap is not worth it.

4th of July Holiday

All US based Desco Industries locations will be closed on Monday July 4, 2016 in observance of the 4th of July 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 July 5, 2016.

We wish you a safe and happy 4th of July Holiday.


CA1 – Chino, CA

Online ESD Courses and Training from the ESDA

Education is the ESD Association’s first priority. By offering convenient training, the Association provides ESD professionals with the knowledge and tools needed to meet the challenges of ESD in their companies.

Visit the ESDA’s Online Academy for information



Presentation of What’s New in ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014

The 2007 version of the ANSI/ESD S20.20 was updated in 2014.  The ESDA now offers a guided presentation of the changes on their website HERE

The JAN/FEB edition of the ESDA’s Threshold details the changes – Significant Changes Made From the 2007 Version To The 2014 Version Of ANSI/ESD S20.20

To download a complimentary .pdf of ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014, go to the ESD Association web site


Using Data to Manage an ESD Control Plan

The 6th generation of Desco dataloggers, the SmartLog® Pro, began shipping this week. The basic function of a datalogger has always been to record the data obtained from testing an operator’s wrist strap and/or foot grounders, but as the need for ESD control has advanced, so have the requirements of the testers. The SmartLog® Pro identifies the operator, controls access to the ESD Protected Area (EPA), and logs test data to a network accessible database. Each log entry includes operator identification, test results, resistance measurements, time, temperature and humidity. The paperless data enhances quality control and operator accountability by immediately identifying problems while reducing logging and auditing costs.

For more information on the SmartLog® Pro and to sign up of the for a demo click HERE.


Evolution of the SmarLog over the years.

Desco Industries will be Closed on Monday May 30, 2016 in Observance of the Memorial Day Holiday

All US based Desco Industries locations will be closed on Monday May 30, 2016 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 31, 2016.

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.

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