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Continuous monitors

Continuous Monitoring in ESD Control

It is well known that wrist straps are considered the first line of ESD control. However they need to be visually inspected and checked periodically, while being worn, before handling any ESD sensitive items to warn the operator of any fault which would lead to no longer being grounded. Periodic testing versus continuous monitoring The downside of periodic testing is that there is no way of knowing when any fault occurred between testing. For example, a wrist strap can pass a [...]

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The role of ESD lab coats in ESD Protected Areas (EPA)

There is a common misconception that if a person is wearing a wrist strap, an ESD lab coat (also known as a smock) is not necessary. Many operators believe that any charge on the person or their clothes would find its way to ground via a wrist strap or via ESD footwear. Purpose of ESD lab coats Despite ESD Standards not requiring ESD lab coats or jackets, they are a very practical solution for minimising ESD events from a person’s clothing. [...]

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Antistat launch new ESD Anti-fatigue Matting range

Manufactured in the EU, Antistat’s new range of matting blends exceptional quality with durability offering a life span of up to 5 years. This new range of matting is constructed from a blend of PU, nitrile and high-quality EPDM rubber, with durability and safety central to their design and construction. Antistat’s ESD Anti-fatigue matting range is engineered to meet IEC61340-5-1 standards with Resistance to path 105 – 107 Ohms and Resistance to ground 105 – 107 Ohms. This tough, durable, long-lasting production area flooring, has [...]

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Dry Packaging of SMD’s

Why SMD’s have to be dry packaged Before we learn how to dry pack, it’s important to understand why it is required… This is a plastic packaged integrated circuit. It is also called an “IC”, or “Chip” or a “Device” Electronic devices are made up of a circuit (or die) packaged inside a plastic body. The leads connect the circuit to the board. The plastic body can absorb moisture (humidity) from the air. Here is a different view of the device. We [...]

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Ant Group Limited win prestigious Queen’s Awards 2020

Suffolk based Antistat™ and Integrity™ Cleanroom are honoured with the highest accolade for business – the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Ant Group trading as Antistat and Integrity Cleanroom, has been recognised with an esteemed Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade for outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over the last three years. Founded over thirty years ago with a £2000 loan from the Prince’s Youth Business Trust by Suffolk businessman John Hensley, Ant Group Limited is now an award-winning £20million+ [...]

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Freedom Antistat Deal

Antistat™ Inc. agrees new distribution deal with Freedom Sales

Freedom Sales has been appointed as an authorised global distributor for both Antistat™ Inc. and Integrity® Cleanroom product range. Established in 1999, Freedom Sales quickly became an industry leader in Electronic Component Distribution before progressing to a Full Service Global Supply Chain Partner with a global reach that spans the Americas, Europe and Asia with a reputation for exceptional customer service. Antistat™ have been experts in electrostatic discharge consumables and high-end technology packaging solutions since 1987. Integrity® Cleanroom, Antistat’s sister [...]

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Wafer Production

Chips with Everything…

If we mentioned flops, teraflops and specifically 1,600 of them, the majority possibly won’t process (pun intended) the term. The measurement stands for floating point operations per second – and put simply, is a scale of how fast processors can compute data. Floating point arithmetics are needed for very large or very small real numbers or computations that require a large dynamic range – with us so far?  There are additionally Petaflops, but we’ll leave them out of the equation [...]

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Bags

Pink antistatic bags – clearing up the confusion

Component or electronics assembly malfunction as a result of static discharge can often go unnoticed until it is too late – damage is sometimes only apparent when inspecting items under a microscope, or when testing an assembly – wasting precious time and delaying processes. One way to reduce the risks of ESD events is by using pink antistatic bags. Pink antistatic bags are an ideal packaging solution for transporting non-ESD sensitive items into an EPA. In fact, they are the only [...]

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Matting

Everything you need to know about ESD matting (probably)

As you’re reading this, chances are you already have an interest in Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) or work in an organisation with an EPA (an ESD Protected Area), in which case, you are probably already familiar with ESD matting. However, have you ever wondered how matting works, or why there are so many variants available? The How ESD or Static matting is designed to drain static discharge from items placed on its surface. It also serves to protect the surface of the [...]

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Ron Ayers Bloodhound SSC

Meet the man behind the 1,000mph car

Amongst all the coverage of the project, this short video is definitely worth watching. The engineer behind the car’s design may surprise you… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-cornwall-41698466/the-85-year-old-rocket-scientist-behind-the-1000mph-car Antistat provided an ESD safe environment for the car during an earlier phase of development, and we’re proud to have played a part in this project; a global engineering adventure which is inspiring the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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