How to use a Meter to Test ESD Mats

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”.

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How to Check ESD Resistance Requirements

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.

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ESD Grounding Methods for Anti Static Mats

Do you need anti static mat instructions? Do you know how to set up an ESD mat? In this article, I show examples of how to choose ESD grounding methods for anti static mats.

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ESD Grounding Methods for Shoe Grounders

How do shoe grounders work? In this article I review who they are most effective for and what to look for when testing shoe grounders on a tester with a single metal plate.

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Differences between Conductive and Static Dissipative Materials for ESD Protection

Conductive vs. Static Dissipative materials used for ESD Protection.

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What is a Faraday Cage?

What is a Faraday Cage? Who was Michael Faraday? In this article, I review what a “faraday cage” is and what products we use in static control as faraday cages.

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ESD Grounding Methods for Wrist Straps

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.

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The Dangers of ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) in Manufacturing Electronics

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.

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ESD Grounding Methods for ESD Smocks

One of the requirements of an ESD Smock is that it is static dissipative. Since ESD smocks contain carbon, which is conductive, they potentially are isolated floating conductors if they are not grounded. ESD smock testing procedure and grounding methods are reviewed.

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ESD Symbols and Meaning | The ESD Protective Symbol

What does the symbol with the hand in the triangle encircled by a semi-circle mean? In this article, I review the ESD Protective Symbol, and what ESD products it is printed on.

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How Do ESD Smocks Work?

Is an ESD Smock static shielding? 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 properties of ESD Smocks and how to connect them to an anti static wrist strap.

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