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Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden and momentary electric current that flows between two objects at different electrical potentials caused by direct contact or induced by an electrostatic field. The term is usually used in the electronics and other industries to describe momentary unwantedcurrents that may cause damage to electronic equipment. ESD is a serious issue in electronics, suchas integrated circuits. Integrated circuits are made from semiconductor materials such as silicon and insulating materials like silicon dioxide. Either of these materials can suffer permanent damage when subjected to high voltages; as a result, there are now a number of antistatic devices that helpprevent static build up. Practical Tools offers acomplete line of ESD equipment and devices to help eliminate or control ESD events. Practical can provide workstation monitors, grounding equipment, mats, flooring, heel straps, wrist straps, ionization along with diagnostic and instrumentation equipment. Practical Tools offer ESD products and services from 3M, Botron and Credence Technologies. Below is a list of topics that Practical Tools representatives can offer expert advice and guidance on. Please call Practical Tools at 1-866-434-7561 for additional information or if you have anyquestions. EOS (electrical overstress) and static events (ESD): detection, measurement, prevention. Foundations of ESD: terminology, basic electricity and its relationship to ESD,basic ESD controls, how parts fail, models (HBM, CDM, MM). Grounding Principles. Static Control Flooring. Surfacing andGrounding Materials: applications and techniques. Static Safe Packaging Materials: applications and technical requirements. Ionization: what is it, how to properly test ionizers, how to effectively use ionization, different systems. Personnel Grounding: examples, applications, considerations, methods. Testing and Measuring: frequency of tests, methods, equipment, interpreting results, using and understanding appropriate tests, functional testing, hands-onworkshop. Continuous Wrist Strap and/orWorkstation Monitoring: principles of operation, attributes, trends, and systems used. Program Design and Implementation: static control aspart of a Quality Management System. ESD Standards. ESD S20.20: what it is, how it works, implementation, use as a QMS.
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