Ionizers remove static from surfaces that cannot be grounded. You will find two common types: AC or Alternating Current and DC or Direct Current. This presentation reviews the pros and cons of each technology and will help you decide which ionizer will work best for your application.
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ESD Constant monitors reduce production costs by eliminating the time spent on testing wrist straps before each shift. Further savings may be realized by reduced ESD damage from broken wrist straps. Transforming Technologies manufactures two types of monitors:
Impedance (or single wire) constant monitors
The impedance monitor uses a detection circuit designed to reduce false alarms and eliminate adjustments. It uses the phase difference between current and voltage to detect changes in impedance of the cord, band and person. A very low AC voltage is used for constant sensing. Any standard wristband and coil cord can be used.
Resistance (or Dual Wire) constant monitors
This type of monitor is used with a two wire (dual conductor) wrist strap. When a person is wearing a wrist strap, the monitor observes the resistance of the loop, consisting of a wire, a person, a wrist-band, and a second wire. If any part of the loop should open (become disconnected or have out of limit resistance), the circuit will go into the alarm state. An important feature of the Dual Wire Wrist Strap is that even if one conductor is severed, the operator has reliable path-to-ground with other
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The combination of ESD flooring and footwear can be an effective way to ground personnel to control electrostatic discharges when using a wrist strap is not practical. For this system to be effective, the ESD flooring and footwear must have a low enough resistance to allow the voltage from the operator to flow to ground. There also must be a good contact between the person and the ESD footwear.
While ESD shoes may be made with conductive materials, they require a layer of perspiration in the sock to provide a path-to-ground. This is a concern because there are many variables between people. Per ESD Handbook TR20.20 section 126.96.36.199 Common Testing Problems “Occasionally, footwear may indicate a high resistance… [A contributor being] heavy or insulative socks, or the absence of a sweat layer due to differences in temperature between the inner surfaces of the shoes and the wearer’s feet.”
You may see inconsistent resistance measurements from person to person, especially during colder months when employees wear heavier socks and sweat less. One person may fail a test at the start of a shift, and pass ten minutes later after a sweat layer is formed.
How much time is wasted waiting for shoes to pass a test? Or worse, how many sensitive items does a person come into contact with before their ESD shoes are truly acting as a path-to-ground?
Eliminate these variables and ensure a consistent path-to-ground with conductive ESD socks from Transforming Technologies. ESD socks are made with conductive yarn which provides a reliable electrical path from the start and rely less on the wearer’s skin resistance for repeatable performance regardless of the environment.
Transforming Technologies, proudly introduces, our new line of dual conductor coil cords, wrist straps and our exceptional resistance workstation monitor, the CM2015.
Dual conductor resistance workstation monitoring is the most reliable grounding system available. Resistance monitors use specialized wrist bands and ground cords which contain two independent conducting elements that provide fail-safe ground protection. The CM2015 uses only 200mv and continuously monitors two (2) operators and two (2) work surfaces
Designed to compare with 3M* dual conductor wrist straps, Transforming Technologies now offers a value alternative for these premium products. We incorporate the best design elements of expired patent # 5,018,044 with our own experience making premium quality ESD products. Transforming Technologies and 3M’s dual conductor products are functionally equivalent. The wristbands, coil cords and resistance monitors can be use together in any combination!
Utilizing very precise, low voltage, resistive loop technology, the CM2015 is an extremely sensitive and reliable instrument that uses the operator’s skin resistance to determine if the system isoperating properly.
Audible and visible alarms are triggered if the operator’s resistance exceeds 10 or 35 megohm (electable at factory with default of 35 megohm). Low resistance also triggers an alarm event. CM2015 Used with Dual Conductor Wrist Band and Coil Cords
Dual Conductor Wrist Bands
WB0070 (Fabric) /WB0050 (Metal) Dual Conductor wrist strap sets are used to maximize ESD protection. These specialized bands use two contact circuits to create a two paths two ground.
WB0050: An expandable Speidel®* metal band available in small, medium and large sizes.
WB0070: One-size-fits-all! Features a silver-plated, monofilament, continuous thread with elastic nylon for full conductivity and comfort.
Dual Conductor Coil Cords
Transforming Technologies Dual Conductor Coil Cords provide unmatched reliability and value. The CC3000 features a double insulated jacket that provides incredible durability.
A wide diameter straight plug makes it easy to insert and remove the cord from a remote input jack. The CC2080 series features dual grey and black 4mm sockets help maintain a constant connection.
Transforming Technologies’ mission is to provide you with the highest quality ESD products in the industry. We continuously research and develop new technology in static control so that we can provide you the best products possible. Our name is not a coincidence, it is our goal to transform the ESD industry and we do that one new and unique product at a time.
Transforming Technologies has the ESD protection you need.
Transforming Technologies VinylStat FM7 chair mats are the perfect solution for grounding chairs in an office or manufacturing environment. It is made of a rigid conductive vinyl that protects carpets from wear and tear while providing a path-to-ground for static charges.
Features: The FM7 mats are a single layer of conductive vinyl, 0.090” thick, die cut to fit under typical desks. Surface resistivity is 10^3 – 10^6. Meets or exceeds requirements of ANSI ESD-S20.20 and the recommendations of ESD STM7.1.
Benefits of the Transforming Technologies VinylStat FM7ESD Matting:
Die cut rigid conductive matting allows chairs to be grounded
High levels of flexibility
Mat can be used in areas subjected to heavy traffic, most liquids & withstand wear and tear.
Specifications of the Transforming Technologies conductive Comfort GEL ESD Matting:
Surface resistivity is 10^3 – 10^6. Meets or exceeds requirements of ANSI ESD-S20.20 and the recommendations of ESD STM7.1.
This week’s ESD Q&A question comes from StaticCare reader Gina, she asks:
Question: What would be the the advantages or disadvantages of using a single wire or dual wire monitor?
This is a good question.
Single wire monitors work on capacitance or inductance and use single wire wrist straps. They send a signal
The CM410 is a One Operator and Bench Single Wire Continuous Monitor.
down the wire to the wrist strap and expects to encounter some capacitance (approximately that of a person). If there is a mass indicated at the end of the coil cord, the monitor assumes that the person is connected.
These systems work okay, but they can be fooled. Some people have dry skin and do not make good contact with the wrist strap. The single wire monitors are not able to detect if the person is actually electrically connected.
Dual wire monitors are resistance based and they use dual wire wrist straps. They send a voltage up one wire and expect to receive a signal back from the second wire. The wrist strap is divided and it relies on the operator’s skin to close the loop. When this happens you can be assured that the operator is connected and that voltage is being drained through the wrist strap. If the operator’s skin is dry and does not allow for the current to flow from one side of the strap to the other, the alarm will sound.
CM1602 is a One Operator and Bench Dual Wire Continuous Monitor
Dual wire monitoring is the only true wrist strap monitoring technology available. Single wire systems simply detect that a person is wearing a wrist strap and put the monitor into an unalarmed state. Resistance monitors actually measure the resistance of the wrist strap in combination with the person and alarm if the product exceeds preset levels. This accurate measurement ensures reliability.
TileSTAT Interlocking Rubber Anti-Fatigue ESDTiles are a heavy duty, durable safety mat constructed of conductive nitrile rubber for use in even the harshest environments. TileSTAT mats feature a solid pebble embossed surface for improved traction, making this a good choice as a safety mat. The 3ft x 3ft interlocking mats fit together like a puzzle to create custom ESD workstations or complete room systems. The mats can be quickly dismantled to make moving and cleaning easy. Optional beveled borders can be added to the mats.
Meets or exceeds requirements of ANSI ESD-S20.20 and the recommendations of ESD STM7.1
Benefits & Features of the Transforming Technologies TileSTAT Anti-Fatigue ESD Tiles:
100% conductive rubber: 10^4-10^6
Solid top design for use in wet or dry locations
Interlocking sections snap together to easily create custom workstations
Optional yellow beveled borders for safety
Specifications of the Transforming Technologies conductive TileSTAT Anti-Fatigue ESD Tiles:
Point-to-point resistance: 10^4-10^6
Surface: Solid Top Pebble Emboss
Meets or exceeds requirements of ANSI ESD-S20.20 and the recommendations of ESD STM7.
Microscopes are a common instrument found in electronic assembly operations. Microscopes are used for inspection and for assembly of very small objects. It is critical that the microscope lenses remain clear and free of dust and other contamination. When not in use, microscopes should be covered to protect the optics.
Some manufactures of microscopes provide covers for the time when the scopes are not in use. Typically the covers are made of vinyl. While vinyl may provide good protection from dust and fumes, it is a significant static generator.
The vinyl cover in the photo above shows an electrostatic voltage of -5,500 volts. Once the cover is removed from the scope the voltage jumps even higher to -12,000 volts.
ANSI/ESD S2020, the industry standard for ESD control programs, states that all nonessential insulators should be removed from the ESD protected area.
Since it is critical that microscopes be covered when not in use, it could be argued that the microscope cover is a process essential insulator. ANSI/ESD S2020, Section 8.3.1 states that the ESD control program “shall include a plan for handling process required insulators in order to mitigate field induced CDM damage.”
The standard goes on to say that if the field is greater than 2000 volts/inch it must be kept more than 12” from the ESD sensitive item. If the microscope is not in use, but work on ESD sensitive devices is being performed at the station, the vinyl scope cover becomes a significant risk. The vinyl cover becomes even a greater risk if it is removed while there are ESD sensitive items at the workstation.
The best solution is to replace the vinyl cover with a microscope cover that is ESD safe, such as the Transforming Technologies MC1221W. This scope cover is constructed of ESD safe material and does not generate a significant charge.
Even when the cover is removed, the charge remains very low.
With Transforming Technologies’ MC1221W you can protect your microscope optics from contamination while keeping your work station ESD safe.
Transforming Technologies is proud to announce the addition of the StaticCare ESD Hand Lotion to our line of ESD Products.
StaticCareTM ESD Hand Lotion is specially created for use by individuals in the electronics industry. This fast absorbing, non-greasy ESD hand lotion enhances the contact between a persons skin and grounding devices such as wrist straps and heel grounders, specifically for those with dry skin. It is free of glycerin, mineral oils, silicones, and lanolin which will keep your work area ESD safe and free from contamination.
Directions Apply a small amount of Static CareTM lotion with hands to desired areas where grounding devices are used. Rub evenly into skin until absorbed. Any excess lotion may be removed with a towel. To re-move from skin completely, warm water and a mild soap may be used.
Benefits & Features of the Transforming Technologies Antistatic Lotion:
Fast absorbing for improved contact be-tween personnel and grounding device
Contaminant free to keep work station ESD safe
Contains aloe vera, natural moisturizers, and vitamins to promote happy and healthy skinNon-greasy formula will not interfere with grip or agility
Clean and refreshing scent
Meets or exceeds requirements of ANSI ESD-S20.20 and ANSI/ESD S-6.1
Static electricity can have a negative impact on your measurements when using a scale or balance. Static electricity can cause several measurement issues: values may fluctuate or gradually change; repeatably of measurements is poor; or values may be stable but inaccurate. Static electricity is essentially an electrical charge at rest or an electrical charge that accumulates on an object when it is rubbed against another object producing friction. Static can be removed, or “discharged” with an ionizer.
ic eliminator available today. The small device requires no airflow, makes it an ideal solution for in-balance ionization. The 2U500 is inherently balanced to zero volts – which helps ensure thorough static removal for accurate weighs every time.
Significantly enhances the static eliminating power of the 2U500 Ionizing cartridge. Extensive testing has shown that adding the Grounding Kit to your in-balance ionizer can significantly increase the performance of the static eliminator. An indispensable accessory for mounting a 2U500 cartridge in the Balance Chamber. Simply remove the protective layer of the double-sided tape and affix the E-Z Mount to the back wall of the chamber. Once the mount is attached, replacing the 2U500 Ionizing Cartridge is fast and easy.