The importance of static auditing

16 12 2011

Static auditing is a process which involves assessing a production facility’s overall electrical performance. The long-term 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 important that any threats to the performance of a machine are identified as quickly and as early as possible.

Any major issues 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 usually 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.

Seeking professional advice to help you implement static control apparatus prevents the need to get someone in to regularly check the electrical conduction. This can save you money and time in the process, something which any business regardless of its size will appreciate.

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.

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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.
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