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.
In the semiconductor industry specifically, as customers demand faster, smaller form factor and more energy efficient chips, the direct consequence is of course fast shrinking geometries. Another trade-off with intense competition for real estate on the smaller chips is that non-performance related capabilities, like ESD protection circuitries, are sacrificed. Shrinking geometries imply the chips may now be damaged by even very low energy levels. Stripped protection circuitries equate sensitive components are now more exposed to threats of ESD. These only mean one thing. The latest and most advanced electronic components and assemblies today are getting more sensitive, becoming more susceptible to ESD damage.
Fortunately, engineers and ESD control professionals have stepped up to the challenge by introducing effective systems and procedures to control ESD. A result of these efforts is the release of ANSI/ESD S20.20 standard which provides the framework for a systematic approach to managing threats posed by ESD, similar to what ISO 9001 QMS is doing to improve consistency of product quality.
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.
- ESD Basics
- Principles of ESD Control
- Key Elements of an ESD Control Program
- ESD control tools and operational requirements
- Where to seek help – standards, subject matter experts, other resources
Operators, Technicians, Engineers, Supervisors, and Managers
- Technical educational background at SPM level or higher, or equivalent technical work experience
- Reasonable command of English as the course content is delivered in English