September 28, 2011
An ESD Workstation is a work area with materials and equipment that limit electrostatic voltages and ESD (electrostatic discharge). The first step in protecting a work station is to ground all components of the work area (work surfaces, people, equipment, etc.) to the same electrical ground point called the “common point ground.” While it is recommended to take every precaution available to control static, not all the ESD steps below may be necessary for basic ESD protection. Your work station may not require all these items. Call Transforming Technologies for help designing your ESD workstation
ESD Protection Steps
A work surface that dissipates static from conductive items placed on it. Commonly made from durable materials such as rubber, vinyl or laminate. A grounding snap should be installed in the mat every 10 ft.
Used for grounding ESD mats and provide a path to ground for operator wearing wrist straps.
Safely grounds a person working at a workstation. It is connected to ground through a coiled cord and the common point ground.
ESD floor mats dissipate static charges from conductive items placed on it. It is best used for mobile personnel that can not be tethered to one location. A grounding snap should be installed in the mat every 10 ft.
Provides a path to ground for an ESD floor mat. Connects to the mat via a grounding snap.
Worn on each shoe to connect a walking or standing person to ground.
These electronic devices continuously monitor the path to ground of a wrist strap, work surface and other grounded components on a workstation. Eliminates the need to test wrist bands and protects against ground failures.
8. ESD Jackets
Provide shielding from static charges on your clothing. A “Hip-to-Cuff” grounding system ensures proper grounding without requiring wristbands being worn that can inhibit your movement.
ESD wrist strap and heel grounders, like any equipment used every day, can wear. Ensure these items are in proper working order with ESD Equipment testers.
10. ESD Air Ionizers
Materials, called insulators, can not be grounded by typical means. Ideally insulators should be removed from the workstation, but if they must stay an ESD Air ionizer can neutralize static buildup. Delivering a balanced stream of ionized air, ionizers remove static charges from insulating materials and isolated conductors.
Every situation is unique and requires different steps to properly manage a static situation.
Mandatory Steps: 1,2,3
Suggested Steps: 7,9
Optional Steps: 4,5,6,7,10
Mandatory Steps: 4,5,6
Suggested Steps: 9