ESD Control Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
 

Overview


Designing, implementing and maintaining an effective ESD Control Program can prove to be a significant effort.  Understanding the basics of electrostatic charge and discharge, as well as device sensitivity and the types of failures that can result from ESD, is key for developing an appropriate control program.

The resources included and referenced below will assist in addressing the Four Principles of ESD Control:

  • Designing in Immunity
  • Eliminating & Reducing Generation
  • Dissipating & Neutralizing
  • Protecting Sensitive Products 

In most cases, all four of these principles will need to be addressed for an ESD program to be effective.  Most successful programs involve routine testing and program auditing.  Many experienced external auditors are well-versed in these control principles and will seek to assess a firm’s compliance level with its own internal requirements as well as those of industry-recognized standards such as ANSI/ESD S20.20-2007.

 

Standards, Training & Guidance


 Document Description Comments
ESD Association Standard for the Development of an ESD Program
ANSI/ESD S20.20-2007 is the most widely-accepted and comprehensive standard for ESD Control programs.  It references several other documents published by the ESD Association that provide deeper guidance on controlling ESD.
An overview prepared by Desco for Intel Corporation covering the basic control principles of ESD.  (Video Length = 13:07)
Part 1 of a more in-depth series of videos provided by Desco describing what ESD is, how it is generated, what damage it can cause and how to control it.  (Video Length = 8:49)
Part 2 (continuation) of the above series of videos provided by Desco describing what ESD is, how it is generated, what damage it can cause and how to control it.  (Video Length = 9:31)
Part 3 (continuation) of the above series of videos provided by Desco describing what ESD is, how it is generated, what damage it can cause and how to control it.  (Video Length = 9:37)
A sample of an ESD Control Program procedure prepared by SH&A intended to comply with ANSI/ESD S20.20-2007.  This document provides a solid starting point for a firm to build upon to create its own program.  Care should be taken to ensure the scope is appropriate to cover all areas where ESD sensitive devices are handled and stored.
CE Magazine ESD Help Desk Compliance Engineering Magazine provides an ongoing series of ESD control techniques and analysis guidance as well as an ESD Help Desk.  This particular link provides more in-depth answers to questions encountered when establishing an ESD Control Program.
Illustration shows technique for proper grounding of an ESD Controlled Workstation.