ESD (Electrostatic Discharge)

November 17th, 2007 - 1:04 pm ICT by admin  

As we mentioned in our previous newsletter, a new edition of the ANSI/ESD S20.20 was published in February. A paper outlining the most important changes can be found here.

The IEC 61340-5-1 and 61340-5-2 standards are also due to be reviewed, with the members of the IEC/TC 101 convening in Japan this June to discuss these changes. Most notably, the IEC 61340-4-2 standard will be completely amended, setting unprecedented standards in ESD procedure. Further information can be found in our next newsletter.

A warning to ElectroStat customers:

We found out that several certification and inspection bureaus claim to approve materials in compliance with the IEC 61340-5-1 standard, stating that they are using the IEC 61340-4-1 procedure, when, in fact, they are using different standards, measuring methods, measuring times, electrodes and weights.

We are working on a paper outlining these issues, but in the meantime, you can e-mail us with any questions you have regarding ESD procedures.

Dutch speaking customers can also request a copy of our presentation regarding ESD flooring.


Last month, General Motors published their new customer-specific requirements to be used in conjunction with ISO/TS 16949. This document can be downloaded here.

In May, ElectroStat joined forces with consultancy company Comatech to provide training regarding internal communication procedures. Feedback from the participants proved so positive that we are due to repeat this training in February 2008.

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