ElectroStatic Discharge (ESD) is the common occurrence of a momentary electrical shock given off by a person or virtually any 'charged' object.
ANSI/ESD S20.20 is the multi-industry standard for the development of ESD control programs that protect today’s increasingly sensitive electronic components, assemblies, and equipment from costly ESD damage and reduce down-time. Using the standard’s control methods and guidance, an organization can develop an ESD control program that protects devices down to 100v (class 1a) or less.
Used by numerous international OEMs and serving as the replacement for MIL-STD 1686, the S20.20 standard has quickly become highly regarded in the commercial electronic, telecommunication, aerospace, automotive, and medical device industries. In fact, the telecommunications industry standard TL 9000 references the S20.20 standard as a best practice for meeting ESD control needs.
An ESD control program helps eliminate costly component failures while increasing customer satisfaction. NQA’s ESDA-accredited Facility Certification program offers organizations a way to ensure that their programs meet the requirements and provides evidence of compliance for customer and marketing purposes.
Today’s electronic components can very easily be damaged or rendered defective by improper handling. And rejection or reworking of parts damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD) can cost the organizations that handle electronic components valuable time and money.