How Often Should You Test Your Wrist Strap System?

by Kathy S. on August 21, 2015

How Often Should You Test Your Wrist Strap SystemWhen do you measure your wrist strap’s resistance? At the beginning of your shift?  What about re-testing after breaks or before you’re allowed to enter the ESD Protected Area (EPA)?

Your company probably has established protocols in place for wrist strap testing, but at some point while handling ESD sensitive devices, your wrist strap system will fail.

And, when this happens it’s always hard to determine exactly when the failure took place and how much product is at risk. If you’re resistant to continuous monitoring systems, here are a few reasons why you should consider integrating them into your daily operations:

  • When there’s a problem, constant monitors notify operators immediately, so no product is handled until the problem is resolved.
  • They eliminate the possibility of a functional wrist strap but a defective ground attachment because the systems monitor the wrist straps on the premises.
  • You won’t need to record and store test results anymore.
  • Some systems also monitor the connection from the work surface to ground.

You are also likely to see long-term cost savings from constant monitoring due to lower rejection rates of devices. So, all in all, today’s wrist strap monitoring doesn’t have to be a constant struggle.

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