Electrostatic protection of electronic components

Electrostatic Protection of Electronic Components

During the SMT processing process, electrostatic discharge can cause damage or failure to electronic components. With the increase in IC integration and the gradual shrinkage of components, the impact of static electricity has become more serious.

According to statistics, static electricity accounts for 8% to 33% of the factors that lead to the failure of electronic products, and the annual loss of electronic products caused by static electricity reaches billions of dollars.

Therefore, it is very important to implement electrostatic protection measures in SMT production. This article will introduce in detail how to take electrostatic protection measures from the generation of static electricity to the protection of components and scenes.

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    How is static electricity generated?

    Electrostatic discharge, abbreviated as ESD, is a physical phenomenon that refers to the charge transfer caused by objects with different electrostatic potentials approaching each other or directly contacting each other. During charge transfer, there is a flow of charge, delivering enough electricity to offset the voltage.

    Electrostatic Discharge(ESD)
    Electrostatic Discharge(ESD)

    Static electricity has a great impact on electronic components and electronic circuit boards. For example, electrostatic breakdown may occur, causing component damage or failure, thereby affecting electronic products.

    What is ESD - Learn more about the basics of electrostatic charge

    Common principles of static electricity generation

    01 Frictional electrification
    When two different materials rub together, one of the materials becomes charged, creating static electricity.

    02 Induction electrification
    Under the action of the electrostatic field, the object undergoes a redistribution of charge. For example, when a charged object approaches an uncharged object, a potential difference will be formed between the two. This potential difference will cause the charge to move on the uncharged object, thereby generating a static charge on the uncharged object.

    03 Capacitive charging
    When a charged object that already has a certain charge approaches or separates from another object, the capacitance of the system changes, and the electrostatic potential on the charged object will change, forming static electricity.

    Anti-static for electronic components

    Electronic components that are sensitive to static electricity generally have anti-static signs. Pay special attention to anti-static issues when encountering components with these signs during the production process.

    Anti-static for Electronic Components
    Anti-static for Electronic Components

    Semiconductor integrated circuits take protective measures against anti-static failure in design, and can provide electrostatic discharge design protection below 2000V for sensitive components. At the same time, protective resistors and embedded diodes can also be added through circuit peripheral design to make them have more powerful antistatic ability.

    Common scenarios of static electricity damage

    01 Place components
    When components are placed on the chipboard, due to the presence of electrostatic fields, the components may slip or deform from the placement position, causing defects or failures.

    02 Electrostatic charge accumulation
    Due to the metal shell and grounding device of SMT equipment, electrostatic charges will accumulate. If the electrostatic charges are not released in time, damage to the components will occur.

    03 Contamination damage
    Static charges can absorb dust, oil and other impurities, causing surface contamination of components or circuit boards, thus affecting their normal operation.

    04 adsorption damage
    During handling, storage, or assembly, static charges can attach to components or other parts, causing them to malfunction or be damaged.

    Basic principles of electrostatic protection

    Electrostatic Protection
    Electrostatic Protection

    Electrostatic protection principles
    1. Use or install static-sensitive components in static-safe areas.
    2. Use static-shielding containers to transport and store static-sensitive components or circuit boards.
    3. Regularly check whether the installed electrostatic protection system is operating normally.
    4. Ensure that suppliers understand and comply with the above three principles.

    Static electricity protection steps
    1. Avoid placing static-sensitive components and circuit boards together with plastic products or tools.
    2. Make sure that the work area floor and table mat have sufficient conductivity. It is best to use conductive rubber table tops or use conductive tape to stick to the four sides of the table.
    3. Always check whether the grounding system is in good condition, and the ground cable must be correctly connected to the busbar.
    4. When using electronic tools or instruments, make sure that the tools or instruments used meet the requirements for electrostatic protection.
    5. Limit the use of packaging materials such as plastic bags and foam boxes. If they must be used, make sure that the packaging materials have undergone conductive treatment or are made of metal materials.
    6. Wear anti-static clothing and shoes, use anti-static tools and gloves, and anti-static bracelets.
    7. Hire professionals who have been trained in electrostatic protection to ensure that anti-static measures are implemented correctly.
    8. Conduct regular electrostatic protection inspections and tests to ensure the effectiveness of anti-static measures.
    9. Employees and guests who are not wearing bracelets are prohibited from approaching the electrostatic protection workstation. Once violations are discovered, they should be stopped immediately and reported to superiors.
    10. If there are problems or defects in the electrostatic protection system, you should immediately report it to the superior leader or the person in charge of electrostatic protection, and take timely measures to improve and deal with it to ensure the effectiveness of the electrostatic protection system.

    FAQ-about PCB

    Electrostatic discharge, abbreviated as ESD, is a physical phenomenon that refers to the charge transfer caused by objects with different electrostatic potentials approaching each other or directly contacting each other. During charge transfer, there is a flow of charge, delivering enough electricity to offset the voltage.

    • Frictional electrification
    • Induction electrification
    • Capacitive charging
    • Place components
    • Electrostatic charge accumulation
    • Contamination damage
    • Adsorption damage
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