ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE (ESD)
In ordinary circumstances, static electricity and ESD are little more than annoyances, however, at times these shocks can be as powerful as 1000v or more. Unprotected electronic components as simple as diodes to complex hybrids can very easily be damaged and become defective by such Electrostatic charges.
Is a standard for the Development of an Electrostatic Discharge Control program for protection of Electrical and Electronic parts, assemblies and equipment.
Utilized by many international OEM's and serving as the replacement for Mil-std 1686, the ESD s20.20
standard covers the requirements necessary to design, establish, implement and maintain an Electrostatic
Discharge (ESD) control program for organizations that manufacture, process, assemble, install, package,
label, service, test, inspect or handle electrical or electronic parts, assemblies and equipment
susceptible to damage by electrostatic discharges.
- An ESD S20.20 program certified by an independent party such as ISA and recognized by the Electrostatic
Discharge Association is becoming an industry standard and is required by many OEMs.
- ESD control program helps eliminate component failures before they occur, thus saving organizations
valuable time, money and increasing customer satisfaction.
- ANSI/ESD s20.20 integrates well and complements existing management systems such as ISO 9001,
AS9100, AS9120, ISO 13485 and others, however, they are not prerequisites for an ANSI/ESD S20.20 program.
- Improves overall process performance and preservation of products.
- Provides visible proof of organization's commitment to ESD controls during customer's site visits.
- Increases marketability.