10 Essential Static Control Products

by Andy on June 15, 2012

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When outfitting an ESD-safe area you must cover all of your bases. It only takes one shock to hurt your product, and therefore your bottom line. Here is a list of 10 things you can do to control static in your workplace.

Eliminate Static

1. Mats and Flooring: ESD-safe mats can help control static in many different ways. Work surface mats can dissipate charge from devices on your workbench as well as the product itself, while floor mats can remove static from the operator when used in conjunction with personal grounding.

2. Personal Grounding: While mats can keep the work surface safe, wrist straps and heel grounds remove charge from the operator.

3. Ionizers: If you have any insulative items at your workstation you need an ionizer to neutralize any charge that may build-up.

Remove Static Generators

4. Chairs: By replacing normal chairs with ESD-safe ones you can reduce the amount of charge generated by the operator. This adds a second line of defense against static discharge from the operator, stopping the charge before it starts.

5. ESD-Safe Garments: Along with ESD-safe chairs, special garments can be used to reduce charge generation on operators. By using ESD-safe garments you can allow yourself a full range of motion without having to worry about producing a static shock.

6. ESD-Safe Tools: Your tools will obviously be in contact with your project, so it is imperative to keep them from generating a charge. Luckily there are ESD-safe versions of almost every tool, so you can safely work on any static sensitive project.

7. Storage: Using chairs and garments help reduce static generation while you are working on products, but you need to protect your products even when they are sitting on your shelves. ESD-safe bags and totes can reduce product defects from static discharge in your storage.

8. Shippers: There is even more danger of static generation during shipping than in storage, so it makes sense to protect your product there as well. With proper ESD-safe shippers you can be sure that no matter how much your product moves in transit it will be protected from unwanted static build-up.

Test Equipment

9. Workstation Monitor: Matting and wrist straps are great methods of static control, but they are useless if they are not connected and functioning properly. By using a workstation monitor you can ensure that everything is working correctly.

10. Wrist Strap and Heel Ground Tester: If you do not need to have constant monitoring of your workstation, then you can use a wrist strap and heel ground tester. This allows you to check for problems regularly without having to be connected to a monitor all the time.

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