All Fired Up: Ready for the ESD Blame Game?

by Kathy S. on August 17, 2015

All Fired Up--Ready for the ESD Blame GameDo you get charged up easily? Take a deep breath, and consider what that really means for your sensitive components.

Electrostatic discharge, or ESD, is one of the leading causes of device failure. Shocking, we know. But, what does it mean exactly? And, do you know you can blame it on the electrons? Yep. It’s all their fault.

ESD is a single-event, rapid transfer of electrostatic charge between two objects. It usually happens when two objects at different potentials come into direct contact, but it can also happen when a high electrostatic field develops between two objects that are near each other.

When do you get to blame the electrons? Right now. Here’s why: It’s their imbalance on the surface of a material that causes the charge to build up in the first place. The process of electron transfer as a result of two objects coming into contact with each other and then separating is known as “triboelectric charging.” You can build up a triboelectric charge on your body just by walking across the room.

Are you all fired up about the electrons yet? No need to cast blame! Just shop All-Spec for a large selection of the ESD products your workplace needs, so you can properly combat electrostatic discharge and all of its potentially damaging effects.

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