How to Select a Shock-Proof Ionizer

by Kathy S. on June 24, 2015

Ionization and ESDIt’s shocking how many ionizers are on the market today. Benchtop, overhead, point-of-use, the list goes on and on. Does your protected area need a system that blankets the entire room? What about a palm-sized unit? Choosing the right equipment to combat ESD damage may not be a simple selection process.

So, how do you know which one is best? Before you blow your mind, the best equipment for you depends on your application, the space available, the performance desired and which features matter to you.

The primary purpose of an ionizer is to neutralize electrostatic charges on insulators and isolated (non-grounded) conductors. Ionization is one of the best methods of removing charges, but it doesn’t eliminate the need for standard ESD control devices, such as wrist straps, heel grounders and work surface mats. Remember, air ionization should be one component of a complete static control program.

As you select your ionizer, consider Desco. Most Desco ionizers use steady-state DC ionization because this type is effective with a modest air flow for sensitive items, soldering operations as well as operator comfort. You’ll also want to make sure your ionizer has a serial number on it, so you can include it in the company’s maintenance and calibration schedules.

All it takes for an ESD-safe environment is a little planning and research on your part, and before you know it you’ll find that initial shock has simply fizzled out.

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