In ordinary circumstances, static electricity and ESD are little more
than an annoyance. However, in an increasingly technological age, the
familiar static shock we receive when walking across a carpet can be
costly or dangerous.
This same static discharge can ignite flammable mixtures and damage
electronic components. Static electricity can attract contaminants in
clean environments or cause products to stick together.
The cost of ESD-damaged
electronic devices alone ranges from only a few cents for a simple
diode to several hundred dollars for complex hybrids. Loss of production
time in web processing industries due to static attraction is significant.
When associated costs of repair and rework, shipping, labor, and overhead
are included, clearly the opportunities exist for significant improvements
in reducing losses to ESD and static electricity.