New Patterned Transparent Conductors Unveiled

28 01 2011

A new patterned transparent conductor has been unveiled by 3M, boasting a sleek new design and improved capabilities for electronic demands.

Revealed for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), 3M presented their new patterned transparent conducts which are typically used in consumer electronic devices.

The applications they are used for vary, but include projected capacitive touch sensing.  They are better than existing ITO/PET designs and help enhance the performance of the device.

The patterned transparent conductors offer sheet resistance that is orders of magnitude lower than current ITO-based products, on a flexible polyester substrate that can support the performance requirements.

“The extension to 3M’s family of Transparent Conductors supports our strategy of providing consumer electronics designers and engineers a range of materials options in this area,” said Bret Haldin, business development manager at 3M Electronics Markets Materials Division.

“These products can help meet industry requirements driven by the increased use of antennas and projected capacitive touch systems.”

3M Electrical Conductor Range

3M design and manufactures a range of electronic solutions for the electronics market.  Their applications are used in the medical device industry, ICT, PCB, automotive and military/aerospace and also consumer electronics.

3M connectors can be used in environments which depend on high speed communications and reliable electronic transmissions.

The company has more than 50 different types of cable products available, all designed to withstand highly pressurised environments, such as in industry and military machines.

Their connectors meet the challenges they are faced with – increased communication speeds, the demand for higher density and are cost-effective.

Electronic Conductor Suppliers UK

Challenger Components Ltd has over 50 years experience in cable manufacturing and stock most cabling and connector products you may require for your electronic needs, including cable assembly, individual cable and wire, and wire to wire connectors.

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

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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.








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