ESD: Electrostatic Discharge Surface Inspection

Because Electro-Static Discharge is one of the most serious problems facing the electronics industry today, a trained staff of operators thoroughly examine the electronic components and packaging to detect evidence of plastic, styrofoam, rubber bands, cardboard, scotch tape or any substance capable of inducing static electricity to the product. These particular items can cause the “shock” you sometimes feel in the winter when you walk across a carpet and touch a doorknob, or the “crackling” sound you hear when you remove clothes from your dryer. Although ESD may seem harmless, it can damage electronic components and their assemblies when not packaged or handled properly.

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Author: josephfedericonj

Joseph Federico is Vice President and Director of Operations for NJ MET, Inc., located in Clifton, NJ. He speaks world-wide on current issues in Electronic Component Testing. Among his responsibilities at NJMET, Inc. is heading up its charity programs.

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