ESD Control for Electronics Assembly


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Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) costs companies more than $5 Billion a year.

Provide consistent training across your organization with IPC’s online course: ESD Control for Electronics Assembly. Ensure that your workforce understands basic ESD principles and provide training that complies with ANSI/ESD S20.20 as well as meeting training requirements for MIL-Spec.-1686 and IEC61340-5-1.

ESD Control for Electronics Assembly introduces the causes of ESD and the steps to take to mitigate its effects when handling, storing, or transporting ESD sensitive components in a manufacturing facility. These preventive measures and their application are based on ANSI/ESD S20.20, MIL-Spec.-1686, IEC61340-5-1 and other relevant standards. The course was created in collaboration with the EOS/ESD Association.

Course Availability

ESD Control for Electronics Assembly is an online, self-paced course with open enrollment throughout the year.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the physical principles of ESD
  • Learn what materials are most susceptible to ESD
  • Learn how to assess ESD damage
  • Learn strategies to control ESD

Score a 70% or above on the 50-question Course Completion Exam to earn a Certificate of Completion. IPC’s EDGE platform provides post-course quizzes to help students retain their knowledge. There are no prerequisites.

Course is self-paced and can be completed in two to four hours.

Course Units and Objectives

1. Introduction

  • List the topics covered in the course
  • Describe two reasons why spaced, interleaved, and varied practice helps people learn
  • Explain at least three consequences of ESD damage in a manufacturing facility
  • Explain at least two benefits of controlling ESD

2. What is ESD?

  • Define electrostatic discharge
  • Explain the causes of electrostatic discharge
  • Describe the triboelectric effect
  • Identify at least three positive and three negative materials in the triboelectric series
  • Explain the difference between a conductive and insulative
  • Identify at least three conductive and three insulative workplace items
  • Define electrical grounding

3. Measuring the Effects of ESD

  • Define and distinguish the Human Body Model (HBM) and Charged Device Model (CDM) used to characterize and determine the ESD sensitivity of a device
  • Explain how ESD damages a component
  • Define latent damage
  • List at least two reasons why latent damage is worse than immediate component failure

4. How to Control ESD for Seated Operations

  • Explain the use of grounding in controlling ESD in the workplace
  • Identify two ESD control devices used for seated operations
  • Use a wrist strap to control the effects of ESD
  • Test a wrist strap to ensure it is working properly

5. How to Control ESD for Standing Operations

  • Identify two ESD control devices used for standing operations
  • List two benefits of using foot grounders
  • Identify at least two types of foot grounders
  • Use foot grounders to control the effects of ESD
  • Test foot grounders to ensure they are working properly

6. Continuous Monitoring

  • List two benefits of using a constant monitoring device
  • Use of a constant monitoring device with a wrist strap

7. Static Control Clothing

  • List at least three ESD safe and three ESD hazardous clothing materials
  • List two benefits of using a static control smock
  • Use a static control smock

8. Controlling Static Charges in Your Work Area

  • Use ANSI/ESD S20.20 to determine the proper application of an ESD control guideline
  • Explain how ESD Protect Areas (EPAs) mitigate the effects of ESD
  • Distinguish between non-essential and process-essential insulators in the work area
  • Explain how a non-essential insulator can damage an ESD sensitive component
  • Use an air ionizer to neutralize charged objects
  • Explain the purpose and function of a static control work surface

9. Handling, Packaging, and Transporting ESD-Sensitive Devices

  • Safely handle ESD sensitive components
  • Explain the purpose and function of low charging and static shielding packaging
  • Determine when to use low charging and static shielding packaging
  • Safely transport ESD-sensitive components


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