3M develop groundbreaking new device

28 10 2011

3M, one of the leaders in the field of static control, have announced that they are teaming up with IBM to develop the first adhesives to pack semiconductors into densely packed silicon ‘towers’.

Both companies are currently attempting to devise the last element of the potentially groundbreaking device, a material that can double as an electrical insulator and a thermal conductor.

3M have stated that it has not yet been decided if the jointly developed product has been sold to other chip makers.

The news follows hot on the heels of the release of the brand new 3m Crimplok+ Connector.

Principally an FTTX Field mounted connector, it meets both indoor and outdoor performance requirements comfortably.

The new connector has been hailed as one of the most innovative and intuitive additions to the connector market for some time.

A distinct metallic element within the connector locks the fiber in place and the connector is designed without a splice. This eliminates a potential optical loss point.

3M were also keen to point out that the absence of gel or adhesive removes worries over the type of problems which are commonly associated with mechanical connectivity.

3M Interconnect have been providing a comprehensive range of solutions for the electronics market in the UK and Ireland for a number of years.

They cover a vast range of applications including;

-Military/aerospace

-Automotive

-Semiconductor

-Medical device technology

 

3M connectors

3M connectors can be utilised for a range of applications such as space constrained environments without any compromise of high speed communications.

The company also produces cable assembly products that can be applied to a host of different situations.

3M are just one of the established and respected companies within the electronics manufacturing industry which can be found at www.challengercomponents.com

Other companies include Amphenol, ebm-papst and Nicomatic. Details on all of these companies and the wide range of components, connectors and additional equipment which they provide can be found on the Challenger website.





An antistatic guide to testing equipment

30 09 2011

The complete control of static within an electrical environment is critical in attempting to maintain a safe and controlled work space for the applications to function.

But how can we test the functionality of antistatic products? And why are they so important within the electronic manufacturing sector?

Crucial Testing Equipment

The 3M Surface Resistance Meter is a work-surface tester.  It measures conductive, dissipative and insulative repeatable measurements, and is popular for audit testing.

The 3M Eye Meter is another work-surface tester which allows workers to work under most conditions for extreme temperatures and even tight locations due to its compact size and durability.

The 3M Workstation Monitor Checker is similar, however it is specifically designed to verify the proper operation of a dual wrist strap, workstation and ground monitors. 

This device checks the monitors are in compliance with the facilities specifications by simulating the proper resistances and signals.

A Test Kit for Static Control Surfaces is also a popular product, as it contains all the components needed to make testing mats and other surfaces simple and accurate.

A wrist strap monitor is another cost-efficient device which workers who are surrounded by electrical equipment will often use. 

They are both compact and versatile, and can be mounted directly onto device handling equipment, testers and auto insertion equipment.

Challenger Components has a vast amount of experience in supplying the right anti-static control products to clients seeking static control solutions.

They provide workstation products, test and equipment, and anti-static packaging solutions. All such products are pivotal when handling electronic components.

For additional information on antistatic equipment such as flooring, stairs or workstations, visit www.challengercomponents.com

Tips and hints on static training and auditing are also available to ensure that you have everything you need to protect against this potentially damaging issue.





Antistatic Bags

15 03 2011

Find out what an antistatic bag is, where antistatic bags are used, and why antistatic bags are important, and the best suppliers of antistatic bags in the UK.

Antistatic Bags

These items are used to ship components as they act as a buffer should the device they are carrying become damaged and leak dangerous toxins or fumes such as electrostatic discharge.

They are usually used to ship or carry electronic components which are more prone to damage than other types of equipment.

The bags are made of plastic and are silver in colour if made of metallised film, or pink or black of made from polyethylene.

If you use a polyethylene antistatic bag it may also come with extra padding such as in the form of bubble wrap or foam.

How do Antistatic Bags Work?

The antistatic bags protect mostly against electronic discharge which may be dangerous to the immediate surroundings.

The way antistatic bags work is by their design where they are made up of layers of protection.  They are therefore, sometimes made up of a variety of different materials, such as rigid black polyethylene box line with pink poly foam.

You could also get one that protects a device with a pink polyethylene bubble-wrap bag.

The antistatic bags are slightly conductive; this means they prevent localised charges from affecting the device – so in this sense they protect the device from exterior destruction.

Pink or green bags have only low-charging material.  This means that while the bag will not be able to create harmful charges, it will not protect the electronic device from electronic fields – so the bags should only be opened in a workstation which is static free.

Antistatic Bag Suppliers UK

Challenger Components sells a variety of quality antistatic bags from the well know manufacturer 3M.

Visit: www.challengercomponents.com for more information, and to discuss your requirements in more detail.





How to Build an Electrostatic Protective Area

3 12 2010

Looking to create an electrostatic protective area at your workplace? Follow these tips on how to set up one up properly and successful static control tips.

In any workplace where electrical equipment is in use, there is a risk of static electricity being created.

There are a number of active and passive ways in which companies can implement static control within the electronics industry.

Popular methods to implement static control include removing or neutralizing static electricity via induction, as well as ensuring that all electrics and machinery in use are well grounded. This will help lessen the risk of high electrical charges taking place.

In order to successfully reduce the risk of electrostatic discharge in the workplace, it is extremely important to create a protective workstation, known as an Electrostatic Protective Area (EPA). This is the area where components that could be electrically charged with static energy should be handled.

Key Things to Consider for an Electrostatic Protective Area

An Electrostatic Protective Area should consist of a bench mat or static dissipative bench top and wrist strap ground cord. Any material used for bench matting must be incapable of tribo-electric charge generation and also able to drain safely to earth any static charge from conductive items placed on the surface.

As far as possible all items currently on the work bench which are made of insulative materials such as plastics and nylons, should be removed or redesigned in conductive materials.

All ground cords should be fully insulated along their entire length and incorporate a one megohm resistor in series for operator safety; this is especially important where surface conductive mats are used.

The wristband that a user of the workstation needs to wear will also need to contain conductive elements throughout the entire 360 degrees so that constant contact with the wearer is maintained. Additionally, the wrist strap ground cord should be fully insulated wire throughout its entire length and contain a one-megohm resistor in series. The strap should be capable of snap disconnection at wrist.

Challenger Components technical personnel can provide training, provide pre-audit assessment of your system, or help you set up a new program for your facility so you can safeguard your workplace from electrostatic discharge.

Visit: www.challengercomponents.com for more information and to discuss your requirements in more detail.





Electrostatic Survey Tips: What to Look For

2 12 2010

Looking to conduct an electrostatic survey at your manufacturing facility? Follow these tips on what to look for, plus tips on static control.

Static control is the common term used for the implementation of measures to lessen the effects of electrostatic discharge. Static electricity is caused when there is an imbalance between non-conductive insulators of electricity, such as plastics, becoming negatively or positively charged.

There are number of basic rules that need to be followed for static control in the workplace. All static sensitive components should only be used in an Electrostatic Protective Area (EPA). At a bare minimum, an Electrostatic Protective Area should consist of a bench mat or static dissipative bench top and wrist strap ground cord.

The transportation of all static sensitive components should also only be moved in a static shielding container. Degraded or softened devices can often be the weak link in electric static control as this is an area known to reduce the effectiveness of many in-house measures.

It is important that these measures are carried out to avoid static electricity risks. If you are unsure about how to deal with electrostatic control in the workplace it is advisable to recruit the services of an authorized static survey consultant.

Authorised Electrostatic Survey Consultants

Static training and auditing should be foremost in the minds of any manufacturer where electrical equipment is in constant use. In order to be effective however, it is important that all of your employees understand exactly what electro static discharge is, which is why training is key.

Challenger Components technical personnel can provide training, provide pre-audit assessment of your system, or help you set up a new program for your facility so you can safeguard your workplace from electrostatic discharge.

Visit: www.challengercomponents.com for more information and to discuss your requirements in more detail.





Static Control and Electro Static Discharge (ESD)

24 11 2010

Electro Static Discharge (ESD) and static control are essential factors in any industry where electrical products are in use. Find out how ways to control electrostatic discharge, static control products and more.

What is Static Control?

Static control is the common term used for the implementation of measures to lessen the effects of electrostatic discharge. Static electricity is, simply put, electricity at rest. Static electricity is caused when there is an imbalance between non-conductive insulators of electricity, such as plastics, becoming negatively or positively charged.

Copper does not gain or lose electrons so is ideal for the use of conducting electricity. Plastic is generally a poor conductor so it is relatively easy for it to charge with friction or heat, for example.

Ways to Implement Static Control

There are a number of active and passive ways in which companies can implement static control within the electronics industry. Popular methods include removing or neutralizing static electricity via induction, as well as ensuring that all electrics and machinery used are well grounded to help lessen the risk of high electrical charges.

Another solution to static control is ionization. This is an active process that will do a lot to control static electricity. Static neutralizer equipment or static eliminators as they are often referred are essentially ionizing machines that produce positive and negative charges to avoid encountering problems with static electricity.

Static Control Solutions in the UK

One of the leading static control solutions providers in the UK is 3M, who provide a comprehensive range of solutions for the electronics market in the UK and Ireland. The company develops and markets approximately 55,000 products worldwide and the 3M range of products in the static control field includes: personnel grounding, workstation kits and equipment, packaging materials, cleaning, storage, flooring and testers.

Authorised Static Survey Consultants

Your electro static discharge (ESD) management program cannot be truly effective unless your employees understand their role in the process, which is why static training and auditing should be at the forefront of any manufacturer of electrical equipment.
Challenger Components technical personnel can provide training, provide pre-audit assessment of your system, or help you set up a new program for your facility.
Visit: www.challengercomponents.com for more information and to discuss your requirements in more detail.








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