Do you use an ESD Mat Tester? How do you check your mat's ESD grounding? In this article, I explain how to use a meter to test a mat using the methods described in ANSI/ESD S4.1 "Worksurfaces - Resistance Measurements".
Do you use a Surface Resistivity Meter to test your ESD Smocks? How do you check your ESD grounding? In this article I explain how to check lab coats, mats, wrist straps, and heel grounders using ESD test equipment.
Have you ever wondered if there are instructions for either "how to use" or "where to connect" an anti static wrist strap to ground yourself? In this article I show how to use wrist straps with their grounding cables so that you can properly ground yourself to an electrical outlet.
On National Static Electricity Day, it's worth noting why we use products for "static control". Static can cause electrostatic discharges (ESD). ESD is what damages electronics, and a frequent reason cited for product recalls.
ESD Smock testing procedure requires the fabric to be measured "static dissipative" on the Ohms Scale, and to be grounded (bonded electrically to a grounding system) so that it is not an isolated floating conductor.
If you have ever been told you need to wear an "anti static" or "ESD" smock or lab coat for ESD protection this article is for you. In this article, I review the static shielding and static dissipative properties of ESD garments in the context of ANSI / ESD S20.20 standards for their use.
We regularly get asked about washing instructions for ESD smocks. Usually, the question is something like "how many times can I wash my smock" before I need to buy a new one? In this article, I briefly summarize the best practices for washing and re-using anything labeled an "anti static" or "ESD" smock.