Electro Static Discharge

Protect Against Electrostatic Hazards

Electro Static Discharge (ESD) and its immediate effects are sometimes unseen. An unsafe and untested environment in the manufacturing process for electronic components has the potential to cost your business thousands of pounds. If ESD is left unmonitored the risk factor to any business is extremely high.

At Stat Systems (a division of FTL Secure Solutions) we offer a comprehensive audit service and support package to ensure your business risks are mitigated and your production line can operate to produce quality, reliable products. Once your audit has taken place and any recommendations have been actioned we will supply you with a certificate to state that you comply with the current industry standards (IEC-61340-5-1 and ANSI/ESD s20.20).

If your company does not have practices in place to mitigate the effect of ESD it is unlikely that you are able to manufacture or deliver undamaged electronic parts. The cost of this to your business can be anywhere from a few pence for a small diode and up to thousands of pounds for a complex circuit.

There are several ways in which the effects of ESD can be mitigated in the work place. A few examples of these are:-

  • Yearly audits for safe workspaces
  • Electrostatic field meters
  • Static-safe workstations
  • Antistatic wrist-straps
  • Antistatic smock/lab coat
  • Static protective bags or containers for devices during storage or transportation

Static electricity has been an issue for centuries and can be traced back to the 1400s where military forts used control measures to ensure an electrostatic discharge did not inadvertently set off the gunpowder in their stores.

To this day, despite advancements in the field, ESD still affects a business’s production and manufacturing cost, along with its product quality, reliability and profitability. The most common sources of static electricity are work spaces, clothes, chairs, packaging and employees. However, this is not the only factor that requires attention as humidity also has a significant effect on an induced charge. At 10-20% relative humidity, walking across a carpet will create 35,000V compared to just 1,500V at 65-90% relative humidity.

When an electronic device comes into contact with an electrostatic discharge the damage can either be Catastrophic – meaning the device is immediately destroyed and will not function or Latent – meaning the device will function normally under initial testing but the circuitry has been damaged and could fail at any moment.

For more information about our range of services or to arrange your comprehensive pre-audit visit please contact us 
either by telephone on 01344 75 22 22 or by email sales@ftlsecuresolutions.co.uk.

Recent Case Studies

“Monkton Combe School have used FTL since 2014, they have been very helpful with assisting Monkton with their initial installation of electronic door access control and developing the schools system. The school has TDSI installed, at present we have 80 doors with electronic access control. We have a good working relationship and they are always available to offer advice over the phone or attend within a short period of time dependent on security needs if we have any issues. We have found them to be very proactive.”

A. Clark
Monkton Combe School

“Extremely professional, efficient and friendly. Been a pleasure to work with.”

I. Davis
Wellington College

The level of after sales support offered by FTL is paramount and we have found the technical support team to be one of the best we have ever dealt with - there has never been anything that they haven't resolved immediately and their staff are quick to respond, knowledgeable and professional.

IT Manager
Elegant English Hotels

“FTL have provided us with excellent service from pre sales through installation and post install bug fixes (even when it was our fault). Their technical skills and focus on details makes us feel confident in the systems installed in our school. This has allowed us to use them throughout our school on a variety of projects and are confident we have the right solutions in place to offer a safe learning environment for our students and staff.”

B. Maytham
Gumley House Convent

“Working with FTL has been a straightforward and reassuring experience at all stages. Their process is extremely thorough and exacting and they make a significant effort to ensure that your requirements have been fully understood and will confirm at all stages that they have correctly understood the solution you are asking for. They work extremely well on site maintaining professionalism at all times whilst keeping work quick and disruption to a minimum. They have delivered a top quality solution at BEN and have at every stage ensured that we fully understood exactly what we were paying for before going forward with any works.”

B. Cummins
BEN Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund, Lynwood Court Care Home

With their technical ability, Isoscan has installed and maintained various systems which allow bmi to maintain cost effective management of key sites. I can safely recommend Isoscan as a competent and trustworthy contractor.

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