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An intro to dealing with ESD

Posted: 22 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:elecrostatic discharge? Pachinko machine? washing machine?

Here's an introductory approach to dealing with elecrostatic discharge (ESD). Be it a Pachinko machine or a washing machine or a hand held remote control, ESD is a threat to the operation of the system and it needs to be addressed head-on.

Given the nature of the product, it will be exposed to ESD events that range from the normal charge build-up in human beings using the equipment, charge build-up by moving parts (due to triboelectric charging), or by malicious attacks by individuals.

It is important to note that this manual is a set of guidelines that will improve the system immunity to ESD events and that it is not a guarantee that it will prevent an ESD event from altering the performance of your product or eliminating potential damage.

When it comes to ESD, keep the following quote from Og Mandino in mind: "Never has there been a map, however carefully executed to detail and scale, which carried its owner over even one inch of ground." It is upon you to take action into implementing the recommendation presented and testing the results of the recommendation in your application. You must also test for ESD at various points in the design phase to guarantee performance of the final product.

View the PDF document for more information.

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