Static Audit

Static can prove detrimental to the manufacturing processes of your company. A single unaccounted electrical current may short out vital electronics, destroy valuable property and cause all sorts of other issues. Even with proper ESD (electrostatic discharge) training, you may not know where to locate the static current or where it originates from. This is why you need to invest in a full static audit. Over the process an audit we will comb your facility up and down, looking over everything from the equipment used within the manufacturing process all the way down to clothing worn by employees and the flooring used in the building. With this complete static audit in hand you’ll discover where potentially devastating currents are located, whether you knew the currents existed or not. By identifying problem areas and correcting the situation before it damages your manufacturing process, you will go on to save hundreds, if not tens of thousands of dollars by avoiding devastating damages.

The Audit

The general static charge audit looks through your manufacturing process, breaking it down into individual benchmarks. This way, every step of the assembly or production line is monitored and inspected. By measuring electric fields present in each location and monitoring electromagnetic interference, it is possible to identify potential ESD. A full report is produced, showing what benchmark locations identify as problem areas. On top of simply providing you with a full report, you also receive an interpretation of the results and assessment of the issues identified. This way, you know what needs to be corrected sooner rather than later. The general static charge audit looks through your manufacturing process, breaking it down into individual benchmarks. This way, every step of the assembly or production line is monitored and inspected. By measuring electric fields present in each location and monitoring electromagnetic interference, it is possible to identify potential ESD. A full report is produced, showing what benchmark locations identify as problem areas. On top of simply providing you with a full report, you also receive an interpretation of the results and assessment of the issues identified. This way, you know what needs to be corrected sooner rather than later. You’ll also learn of potential alternative ways to run the manufacturing process in order to clear up these issues. While Transforming Technologies does not have all of the alternative machinery available within your specific industry, with the recommendations you likely will have this information, or you can discuss the situation with machinery providers as to what different hardware is available for reducing the production of electrostatic currents.

Check For ESD

SRM330-surface-resistance-meter-full-kitThe audit includes a service designed to identify electrostatic discharge. When working with electronics, robotics or automated hardware, it is essential to identify these ESD problem areas. Failure to do so results in the damage of your electronic investments. ESD introduces transient Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), which not only damages electronics but may short out microprocessors. A damaged microprocessor in an assembly line using robots may completely shut down manufacturing until the robot can be repaired or replaced. If your facility heavily depends on robotics to complete set tasks, a damaged robot not only slows down productivity, it may freeze it completely for several days (if not longer. The audit includes a service designed to identify electrostatic discharge. When working with electronics, robotics or automated hardware, it is essential to identify these ESD problem areas. Failure to do so results in the damage of your electronic investments. ESD introduces transient Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), which not only damages electronics but may short out microprocessors. A damaged microprocessor in an assembly line using robots may completely shut down manufacturing until the robot can be repaired or replaced. If your facility heavily depends on robotics to complete set tasks, a damaged robot not only slows down productivity, it may freeze it completely for several days (if not longer. Your robotics may have already experienced side effects from EMI without you even knowing about it. If your robotics have displayed signs of unexplained behavior, or at the very least unusual for the device, it likely has experienced some sort of electrical shock discharge, which has altered the internal microprocessor state. Without better understanding the situation, you may have misinterpreted the situation as simply a malfunctioning robot. However, unless the ESD is removed, the replacement robotics will likely suffer similar damage, which in turn can cost you thousands of dollars in replacement parts, when all you need to do is identify the ESD and correct it.

Facility Review

wbaslb-conductive-esd-trash-linerThe best way to identify potential ESD problems within your building is with a full facility review. The facility review includes a static charge audit and detailed review for every step of the manufacturing producers. Additionally, the facility review can focus in-depth specifically on one area of the manufacturing or engineering process. The complete review can look beyond just your machinery, but to the clothing worn by your employees and even the furniture and flooring of your facility as well. A static charge can occur just about anywhere, yet there are certain environmental elements that come into play here regarding the creation of a static current. With the static audit, you receive not just a report of your facility, but also of your employees and whether or not different uniforms are required. The best way to identify potential ESD problems within your building is with a full facility review. The facility review includes a static charge audit and detailed review for every step of the manufacturing producers. Additionally, the facility review can focus in-depth specifically on one area of the manufacturing or engineering process. The complete review can look beyond just your machinery, but to the clothing worn by your employees and even the furniture and flooring of your facility as well. A static charge can occur just about anywhere, yet there are certain environmental elements that come into play here regarding the creation of a static current. With the static audit, you receive not just a report of your facility, but also of your employees and whether or not different uniforms are required. Other recommendations such as specific ESD flooring or seating may occur as well. To avoid ESD, many workplaces require specific grounding. This means certain chairs may need to be removed due to fabric seating, or you may need to bring in ESD flooring walkways in order to prevent the generation of electrostatic currents by your employees. To safeguard your facility and avoid potentially devastating shutdowns due to blow circuits or damaged robotics, you need to have a full facility static audit performed. By doing this, you’ll learn where ESD is most likely to occur within your facility. You’ll also receive guidance as to what you should do to correct this kind of situation while also discovering whether or not you will need to change aspects of your manufacturing process or your employee’s attire.