Serving as a focal point for ESD standards development, ESD Association standards and specifications provide the guidance that companies need to get their ESD control programs off and running. As an ANSI recognized standards development organization, the ESD Association has published more than seventy documents covering electrostatic discharge in the electronics environment. These include standards, standard test methods, standard practices, technical reports, and informational advisory documents.
More than 100 volunteers work on standards projects, including cooperative efforts with JEDEC, U.S. military agencies and governmental units, and European standards development bodies. Representing diverse interests, these volunteers work to define effective standards and guidelines applicable to the electronics industry.
Definitions of Document Designations
Standard (S): A precise statement of a set of requirements to be satisfied by a material, product, system or process that also specifies the procedures for determining whether each of the requirements is satisfied.
Standard Test Method (STM): A definitive procedure for the identification, measurement and evaluation of one or more qualities, characteristics or properties of a material, product, system or process that yield a reproducible test result.
Standard Practice (SP): A procedure for performing one or more operations or functions that may or may not yield a test result. Note, if a test result is obtained it may not be reproducible.
Technical Report (TR): A collection of technical data or test results published as an informational reference on a specific material, product, system, or process.