ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE WARNING - BASIC INFORMATION
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Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Warning - Basic Information
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NOTE: This article is intended for general information purposes only.
All Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) sensitive components contain solid state circuits (transistors, diodes, semiconductors) that may become damaged when contacted with an electrostatic charge. The following information applies to all ESD sensitive devices. The ESD symbol shown in Fig. 1 may be used on schematics to indicate which components are ESD sensitive. See Fig. 1. Although different manufactures may display different symbols to represent ESD sensitive devices, the handling and measuring precautions and procedures are the same.
Fig. 1: Sample ESD Symbol
HANDLING STATIC-SENSITIVE CIRCUITS/DEVICES
When handling an electronic part that is ESD sensitive, the technician should follow these guidelines to reduce any possible electrostatic charge build-up on the technician’s body and the electronic part.
Always touch a known good ground source before handling
the part. This should be repeated while handling the part and more
frequently after sitting down from a standing position, sliding across
the seat or walking a distance.
Avoid touching electrical terminals of the part, unless
instructed by a diagnostic procedure.
DO NOT open the package of a new part until it is time to
install the part.
Before removing the part from its package, ground the
package to a known good ground source.
CHECKING STATIC-SENSITIVE CIRCUITS/DEVICES
1) Solid State circuits in electronic devices are shown greatly simplified in schematics. See Fig. 2. Due to the simplification of the electronic devices on the schematic, resistance measurements could be misleading or could lead to an electrostatic discharge. Always follow the recommended diagnostic procedure.
Only measure resistance at the terminals of the devices
when instructed by the recommended diagnostic procedure.
When using a voltmeter, be sure to connect the ground lead
Fig. 2: Sample Schematic Showing Typical ESD Sensitive Device