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New Product Announcement: WB5600 Series Anti-Allergy Wrist Strap Set

July 24, 2014

Transforming Technologies is proud to announce the addition of the WB5600 Series Anti-Allergy Wrist Strap Set to our line of ESD Products.

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The WB5600 Series anti-allergy wrist band set is the ideal grounding device for people with allergies to common metals. It features hypoallergenic silver-plated nylon thread for conductivity and the back plate has a plastic cover so that metal does not come in contact with skin. This maroon colored wrist band and coil cord set features a 360 degree conductive contact around the wrist, providing maximum skin contact while allowing the skin to breathe. 

The coil cord’s 2.5mm polyurethane coil insulation offers excellent coil memory. A classic snap comes in with 4mm snap and works in combination with most standard wristbands. A swivel type banana jack increases coil life and prevents cord tangles. Comes in 6’, 12’ or 20′ lengths.
WB5600 Plastic Back Plate
Anti static wrist strap sets are great personal grounding solutions and the WB5600 series meets or exceeds requirements of ANSI ESD-S20.20 and ESDA Standard 1.1-2006.

 For price and availability on the WB5600 Series Anti-Allergy Wrist Strap Set or for information on any products in Transforming Technologies full line of ESD products, please call 419-841-9552 or email info@transforming-technologies.com.
 

Our West Coast Warehouse is Open!

June 23, 2014

Our West Coast Warehouse is Open!

Transforming Technologies is proud to announce that we are now stocking our MT4500 Series Two Layer ESD Rubber on the west coast! This means reduced shipping costs, shorter transit times, and even BETTER service! You could save up to three days on transit time, and up to 65% on shipping cost!

For more information call 419-841-9552 or email info@transforming-technologies.com

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New Product Announcement: IN4000PE Flexible Neck Ionizing Nozzle

May 20, 2014

Transforming Technologies is proud to announce the addition of the IN4000PE Flexible Neck Ionizing Nozzle to our line of ESD Products.

Ptec™ Hands Free IonizationIN4000PE ionizing nozzle
The IN4000PE flexible nozzle neck frees the operator’s hands during assembly and manufacturing processes. A photoelectric eye controls both ionization and airflow, which reduces compressed air costs and extends the life  of the ionizer. The model IN4000PE ionizing air nozzle produces a 68KHz AC output of approximately 2200V and a continuous stream of balanced air ions.

Maintenance Savings
Ptec™ ionizers save time and money because they require no calibration. Emitter life is increased and maintenance frequency is reduced, due to
68KHz AC ion emission.
Ptec™ Ionization
The IN4000PE features the inherently stable output of all Ptec™ Ionizers and high frequency AC (68KHz) ion emis-sion. The flexible metal neck, with multiple nozzle options allows for easy operation and service of emitters. A photoelectric eye and .01 micron filter combine to deliver clean air at the correct pressure when needed.

For price and availability on the IN4000PE Flexible Neck Ionizing Nozzle or for information on any products in Transforming Technologies full line of ESD products, please call 419-841-9552 or email info@transforming-technologies.com.
 

New Product Announcement: IN3425PE Hands Free AC Ionizing Nozzle with Photoelectric Eye

May 9, 2014

Transforming Technologies is proud to announce the addition of the IN3425PE Hands Free AC Ionizing Nozzle with Photoelectric Eye to our line of ESD Products.

The IN3425PE is a very stable, pin-point accurate ionizer with a photoelectric eye that controls power and air flow.

The IN3425PE is a very stable, pin-point accurate ionizer with a photoelectric eye that controls power and air flow.

The Model IN3425PE 68KHz AC ionizing air nozzle is a point-of-use solution for a wide range of static problems. A proximity sensing photoelectric eye controls the power and air flow for easy hands free ionization. The IN3425PE easily connects to a com-pressed air source and offers various output nozzles for specialized applications.

Using AC corona technology to make the air more conductive, Ptec™ ionizers pro-duce a balanced stream of positive and negative air ions that never need calibration. The main unit of the device is equipped with a small HV power unit so no external HV power unit or HV wiring is needed. The IN3425PE is light, small and free from EMI. It is equipped with an auto ion bal-ance and abnormal HV monitoring systems. These devices are used in many industries and manufacturing applications where static electricity is a problem.

Maintenance Savings
Ptec™ ionizers save time and money because they require no calibration. Emitter life is increased and maintenance fre-quency is reduced, due to 68KHz AC ion emission.

For price and availability on the IN3425PE Hands Free AC Ionizing Nozzle with Photoelectric Eye or for information on any products in Transforming Technologies full line of ESD products, please call 419-841-9552 or email info@transforming-technologies.com.
 

Generating Air Ionization With No Contaminating Particles

May 6, 2014

Abstract

High Technology manufacturing employs air ionizers to reduce the effects of static charge. In cleanrooms the dominant issue is contamination reduction by eliminating electrostatic attraction. Conventionally, air ionization is generated by corona from needle electrodes, but there are particles generated by this process and removing the debris collected on the needle electrodes represents a significant maintenance issue. In the past, particles generated by ionizers have been too small to affect the manufacturing process, but this is no longer true. The latest small structures on the wafer have reached the limit where these particles will harm the product. This paper discusses the mechanism for particle creation and presents a design which creates no particles. The maintenance issue has lead to the use of complex ionizers that employ a sheath of air to shield the corona electrodes from the air in the cleanroom and the associated airborne molecular contaminants (AMCs). The new technology which eliminates particle generation also eliminates the need to clean the ionizers and reduces or eliminates the amount of air required to operate the ionizer.

For the full text click here.

 

How to Install an ESD Workstation

April 21, 2014

How to install an ESD Workstation:mt4500b-mat-kit

  1. Lay the table mat flat on the workbench with the snaps toward the operator. (Tip: Mild heat (sun light) will remove creases caused by shipping.)
  2. Connect the common point ground cord to the table mat by snapping it to the left or right snap.CP2500
  3. Connect the coil cord to the common point ground cord by plugging the banana plug into one of the ground cord’s banana jacks.
  4. Snap the wrist band to the coil cord. (Tip: make sure that the operator wears the wrist band on bare skin and tightens the band so that no gap exists between the skin and the band.
  5. Lay the floor mat on the floor in front of the workbench with the snaps toward the bench.
  6. Connect the floor mat ground cord to one snap on the floor mat.WB4037
  7. Connect the common point ground cord and floor mat ground cord to ground. Use the green wire building ground point as specified in EOS/ESD Standard 6. Connection to this ground point is most easily accomplished by removing the center AC outlet plate cover screw, placing the screw through the eyelets from both ground cords, and replacing the screw. The wires can be moved to the left and right sides of the screw so that they do not obstruct the outlet.
  8. comfort-dome-esd-mat-ground-cordHeel Grounders: Open the velcro strap. Place foot back into shoe and slip rubber cup onto the heel of the shoe. Insert tab into shoe and trim excess tab material with scissors if necessary.  Close velcro strap. Repeat procedure for other shoe.

Newly installed workstations should be tested for continuity. A surface resistivity meter with a “resistance to ground” function can be used to test continuity from the ground point to all parts of the workstation.

 

New Product Announcement: Comfort Dome ESD Anti-Fatigue Mat

March 19, 2014

Transforming Technologies is proud to announce the addition of the Comfort Dome ESD Anti-Fatigue Mat to our line of ESD Products.

The Comfort Dome ESD Anti-fatigue matting is offers unmatched operator comfort.

The Comfort Dome ESD Anti-fatigue matting is offers unmatched operator comfort.

Transforming Technologies Comfort Dome ESD Anti-Fatigue is a 100% rubber molded mat that provides unparalleled comfort in areas where static control is a concern. Evenly spaced domes on the surface of the mat provides superior anti-fatigue relief and slip resistance. These mats are available in single work-area mats sized 2’x3′ and 3’x4′ or in 3’x4′ interlocking sections for long assembly lines.

The Comfort Dome ESD Anti-Fatigue Mat meets or exceeds requirements of ANSI ESD-S20.20 and the recommendations of ESD 4.1.

For price and availability on the Comfort Dome series mats or for information on any products in Transforming Technologies full line of ESD products, please call 419-841-9552 or email info@transforming-technologies.com.

 

New Product Announcement: CC2695P Series Dual Wire Coil Cord with Parking Jack

February 3, 2014

Transforming Technologies is proud to announce the addition of the CC2695P Series Dual Wire Coil Cord with Parking Jack to our line of ESD Products.CC2695P Coil Cord with Parking Jack

The CC2695-P’s polyurethane coil insulation and strain relief molding offers excellent coil memory and endurance. The molded snap head provides a convenient parking jack for the cord with not in use. Two female snaps, a 3.5mm phono plug and 1 meg resister are standard. Dual blue and black 4 mm sockets help maintain a constant connection and dual wire wrist straps provide redundancy. When used with resistive loop (dual wire) monitors, the CC2695P wrist strap sets continuously verify resistance to ground. Available in 5′, 10′, and 20′ feet lengths.

For price and availability on the CC2695-P series coil cords or for information on any products in Transforming Technologies full line of ESD products, please call 419-841-9552 or email info@transforming-technologies.com.

 

Resistance Measurement Meter for Conveyor Belt

January 30, 2014

ESD-Q&A

This week’s ESD Q&A question comes from StaticCare reader Tim, he asks:

Question: What type of instrument should I use to measure the resistance on our conveyor belt?

Answer:

Conveyor Belt

Hello Tim,

Thank you for taking the time to submit your question to Transforming Technologies.

You will want to use a surface resistance meter with a 2.27 Kg (5lb) electrode, such as the SRM500K, for the measurement. For a flat belt conveyor, you can put the electrode on the conveyor belt and measure the resistance to equipment ground. For an edge belt conveyor, place a metal plate on the conveyor and measure the resistance from the plate to equipment ground. You may want to isolate one side of the plate from the belt to make sure that each belt is grounded.

Transforming Technologies will answer questions concerning all things ESD: static causes, threats,  ESD prevention, best practices and all things static in a feature we call ESD Q&A.  If you have ESD questions that you would like to be answered, email info@transforming-technologies.com  with Q&A in the subject line.

 

Auditing an ESD Worksurface

January 16, 2014

 

ESD-Q&A

 

This week’s ESD Q&A question comes from StaticCare reader Paul, he asks:

Question: What measurement or measurements do I need to make when auditing an ESD worksurface?

Answer:

Hello Paul,

Thank you for taking the time to submit your question to Transforming Technologies.

There are three primary measurements for evaluating a work surface; Resistance Point to Point (RTT – also known as Resistance Top to Top), Resistance to Groundable Point (RTGP) and Resistance to Ground (RTG).

Figure 1 – Resistance To Ground (RTG)

Resistance to Ground Measurement

For general auditing purposes, the primary measurement is RTG. This measurement is made using a 5 lb electrode connected to the positive terminal of the resistance meter. The electrode is placed on the work surface in the most heavily used area. The negative lead is connected to electrical ground. This measurement assures that the mat is connected to AC Equipment Ground. ESD standard procedure says to test at 10 volts, and if the measurement exceeds 1.0 x 106 ohms, switch to 100 volts. If you are certain that your worksurface material has a resistance greater than 1.0 x 106 ohms, you may want to start at 100 volts to save time.

A simple and safe way to connect to AC Ground is by using a grounding plug, such as the Transforming Technologies AD22. The AD22 assures a solid connection to the third wire ground of an AC outlet, while insulating the plug from the hot and neutral wires. Always check electrical outlets for proper wiring before using grounding plugs.

If the resulting RTG measurement is within your required limits, no further work surface testing is required and you can proceed to the next work surface. Should the RTG measurement exceed your limits, clean the work surface with an approved cleaning product, check all wiring connections to make sure that they are secure and re-test. Should the measurements still exceed your limits you will then want to conduct a Resistance to Groundable Point (RTGP) measurement.

Figure 2 – Resistance Point To Groundable Point (RTGP)

Resistance to Groundable Point Measurement

This measurement is similar to the RTG measurement except that the negative lead is attached to the grounding point (snap) of the work surface. The testing is performed using 100 volts when the expected resistance is greater than 1.0 x 106 ohms.

Should this measurement provide a reading that is within your requirements the problem is somewhere between the snap and AC Ground. Typically, either the ground wire became disconnected or it is faulty. Check and verify all wiring between the work surface and the AC equipment ground.

If this measurement also provides a value that exceeds your requirements, then there may be a problem with the work surface. A point-to-point resistance measurement can be done to verify the performance of the work surface material.

Figure 3 – Resistance Point To Point (RTT)

RTT – Resistance Point-to-Point

This measurement is made using two 5 lb electrodes. The electrodes are placed 10” apart on the work surface in various locations. Figure 3 is an example of a point-to-point test.

The testing is performed using 100 volts when the expected resistance is greater than 1.0 x 106 ohms.

If the reading meets your requirements, there is possibly a connection problem with the groundable point. Should the reading exceed your limits the work surface is likely faulty and should be replaced.

It is important that RTG measurements be made regularly. The frequency of testing is dependent up on internal requirements and testing history. RTG testing must be performed even if constant monitoring is in place, as constant monitors verify ground connection of the worksurface, but not the performance of the worksuface.