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Introduction

While there are many industrial applications that benefit from the appropriate use of electrostatics, the ever present electrostatics in an industrial environment are often the cause of headaches or a safety risk, as in the case of an electrostatic discharge of sufficient energy to initiate an explosion in the transfer of volatile bulk liquids; or posing material handling challenges with clingy thin films; or as substrates are being transferred in high speed automated lines, tribocharging generates high static charges that attract contaminants onto the substrate surface, resulting in major contamination problem. In the electronics industry, electrostatics have earned a reputation of causing countless product recalls, astronomical yield loss, erosion of brand loyalty due to inconsistent quality and so forth in the manufacturing environment.

Anyone who works or needs to work around an EPA, where electrostatic discharge sensitive products and assemblies are handled, should be sufficiently informed about how ESD affects the work they are performing and what they can do to mitigate the adverse effects of electrostatics. To do that, they should have a basic understanding of electrostatics, learn and apply the key principles of ESD control, acquire an overview of an effective ESD control program, comprehend the necessity of basic auditing techniques, and what role they can play in controlling ESD.