Static electricity is most commonly associated with the everyday occurrence of walking across a rug on a cold day, touching a metal object, and experiencing a “shock”. The shock, often accompanied by a small spark at the point of contact with a metal object, is more accurately referred to as ESD (electrostatic discharge), which means the passage of an electrical charge from one object to another.
While electrostatic discharge is a mere irritant in everyday life, it poses serious problems to both manufacturers and users of electronic devices. The slightest electrostatic discharge can rob microprocessors of their ability to “think.”
Antistatic bins, laminate tops, stools and mats are part of the static defense system for workbenches, tabletops and test stations used in electronic assembly and testing areas. Components and conductive items such as tote boxes, bins, trays and conductive bags are drained of static charges when placed on a static dissipative surface through ground connections. Other areas of usage include:
- In circuit testing stations
- Clean rooms
- Military hardware and equipment
- Laboratory environments
- Hospital surgical and monitoring areas
- Computer desktops
- Photo labs
- Auto assembly areas for computer parts
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