ESD News Archives

Latex Gloves – Are You Allergic?

Many industrial manufacturing environments require workers to wear protective gloves, including during electronics and medical device production and assembly. Latex gloves not only protect workers from harmful chemicals but also protect products from worker contact and contamination during manufacturing Read more

ST 925 SMT Rework System–Three favorites combined into one nice savings

Save a few steps--and some money--with the Pace 925 SMT Rework System Pace has introduced a new low-cost “combination” system ideal for surface mount technology (SMT) rework. It’s worth adding up the savings by comparing the a la carte prices Read more

Metcal’s CV-5200 Connection Validation Soldering Station Changes Everything

You may or may not have heard about Metcal’s new soldering station, the CV-5200. The evolutionary tool removes much of the reliance on visual inspection of hand-soldered joints and adds a second, more technology-driven method for validating a successful Read more

What Will You Do with Two Untethered Hands?

Posted on by Kathy S. in ESD News Leave a comment

What Will You Do with Two Untethered HandsWhen it comes to protecting your static-sensitive devices, you could: A) protect them while wearing a wrist strap, or B) protect them while NOT wearing a wrist strap.

If you could protect your equipment from charges on your body and clothing—with one means of grounding—who wouldn’t choose option B?

The problem is most ESD garments are not conductive enough to do both. That’s why these static control garments from Tech Wear are so popular. They protect equipment from both types of charges and free your hands to do their job—all at the same time.

The garments’ ESD grid-knit cuffs form a contact patch around both wrists. Just snap the ground cord onto a hip pocket, and both you and the garment are grounded. The built-in wrist strap feature makes it easy to test the garment and grounding using traditional wrist strap testers. And, the design is compatible with continuous monitoring.

All Tech Wear garments, made of OFX-100 fabric with ESD knit cuffs or “keys,” satisfy ANSI/ESD STM 2.1-2013, Category 3 standards, so you can enjoy a little more freedom when you cut the cord. Look, Ma, no hands!

Should You Purge Paper from Your EPA? Why You Should Read Between the Lines

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Purge Paper from Your EPAESD, the silent chip killer, accounts for a few billion dollars in losses every year. You designed your ESD protection program to enhance product quality and reliability, but if your program allows paper in protected areas, it might not be worth the paper it’s written on.

Paper is an insulator. While the ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014 does not specifically mention paper, it does reference insulators. According to the industry standard, nonessential insulators, such as coffee cups, food wrappers and personal items, should be removed from your ESD protected area or EPA.

It’s also specific when it comes to handling a process-required insulator. Based on the field measured, steps should be taken to either separate the insulator from the ESD-sensitive item or neutralize the charge. Although paper tends to be low charging because it absorbs moisture, moisture content varies with humidity. Materials that are conductive in the Midwest in July, for example, may dry out during December.

The primary problem with paper? ESD-sensitive items placed on regular paper block the path-to-ground of the grounded ESD mat. Your best bet is to follow best practice, and go with All-Spec’s ESD-safe paper, or keep regular paper in a dissipative document holder. We also carry binders, clipboards, pouches and more for use in your static-sensitive environment.

Remember, paper and any other object or person can be a source of static electricity. Minimize loss in your environment by removing unnecessary nonconductors, replacing nonconductive materials with dissipative or conductive materials and grounding all conductors, regardless of the activity. That’s a plan that looks as good on paper as it does in practice.

What’s New from Desco?

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, ESD News, Industry News, New Products, Static Control Tips and Tricks Leave a comment

Discover the latest new products from an industry leader in static control solutions – now available directly through All-Spec at better prices every day.

Emit Charged Plate AnalyzerDesigned for fast and reliable ionizer performance, Desco’s Charged Plate Analyzer tests efficiency, measures discharge times and assesses positive/negative air ion output balance.

Trustat Benchtop IonizerWith rapid decay times and a compact footprint, the Trustat eliminates static charge quickly while steady state DC ionization ensures efficient discharge.

Kasuga Benchtop Ionizer w/Cleaning Brush –  Engineered for use within a 12” x 48” space, this benchtop ionizer features a built-in  emitter cleaning brush to remove contaminants.

Kasuga NIH-55 Ionizer Nozzle – With its point-of-use design, the NIH-55 Ionizer Nozzle neutralizes static charge using a focused airstream to easily deliver airflow in difficult-to-reach spaces.

Kasuga Body Potential Meter – Developed to measure the reliability of personal grounding systems, the Body Potential Meter analyzes both peak and current static voltage.

We’re on a Roll! 3 Reasons to Buy the ACL Gemini Mat

Posted on by Michelle R. in All-Spec News, ESD News, Industry News, Static Control Tips and Tricks Leave a comment

Heat things up with the industry’s only flame-resistant ESD mat. Featuring exclusive Lo-Char™ flame retardant technology, this dual-layer static dissipative mat from ACL Staticide is also uniquely economical and environmentally sound. Read on to learn more, and find yours for less, right here at All-Spec. ACL Gemini mats are ANSI / ESDA S20.20 compliant, and are made in the USA.

  1. Lifetime warranty on electrical properties (surface resistivity = 106 – 108 ohms per square)
  2. Lo-Char™ flame retardant technology offers smoke and fire resistance for enhanced safety
  3. Environmentally friendly construction with low outgassing and low VOC is fully recyclable


Get the Best Products at Better Prices than Ever

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At All-Spec we believe that working within a budget should never mean sacrificing quality. That’s why we offer an extensive range of private label solutions, sourced directly from leading manufacturers to deliver the best quality products at a fraction of the cost.

There’s never been a better time to stock up – for a limited time we’re offering our most popular private label ESD essentials at special promotional prices. Shop now to enjoy savings of up to 10% off list price.