Static Auditing – A brief guide

16 09 2011

Static auditing is one of the most important aspects of electronics manufacturing, and is particularly vital for machines in places such as industrial factories.

Static auditing is a process which involves assessing a production facility’s overall electrical performance.

The ultimate aim of the process is to identify any faults in the system which could affect the electrical current, or required performance of the machines they are connected to.

It is vitally important that any threats to the performance of a machine are identified early on, as this can put a strain on other electrical currents and make the whole mechanism less efficient.

An auditor will check the system by looking primarily for static areas (where the electricity is at rest).

Static electricity

Static electricity is caused when there is an imbalance between non-conductive insulators of electricity, becoming negatively or positively charged. Static control introduces a number of measures to help prevent this.

Removing or neutralising static electricity is a common method of static control, as well as ensuring the electrics are well grounded so this acts as buffer.

Static electricity discharge can be highly dangerous in industries dealing with flammable substances.

If a small electrical spark occurred here then this has the potential to ignite explosives mixtures.

Static Auditing in the UK

Seeking professional advice to help you implement static control apparatus prevents the need to get someone in to regularly check the electrical conduction.

Challenger Components have technical personnel who provide training following a pre-audit assessment of their system.  

Alternatively, they can help implement new devices to passively safeguard the work space from electrostatic discharge – protecting the instruments, and the employees from a potentially dangerous outcome.

For additional details on static auditing and its potential relevance to you and your products, visit www.challengercomponents.com

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