Principles, Practices & Prevention
 Static Zap Makes Scrap

As electronic components are getting smaller and smaller along with the internal structures in integrated circuits, it is getting easier to either totally destroy or slightly impair electronic components and assembled printed circuit boards. In particular, many integrated circuits are highly susceptible to damage from the discharge of static electricity, even at levels which can neither be seen nor felt. The discharge of static electricity, or ESD, has become a critical problem for the electronics industry. Device failures are not always immediately catastrophic. Often the device is only slightly weakened but is less able to withstand normal operating stresses and, hence, may constitute a reliability problem. It is imperative that all technical personnel in the electronics industry ensure that they, and those working for them, have in place a regime to ensure that damage from ESD NEVER happens, either in the factory or out in the field.

Course Outline
Generation of static electricity 
Typical charge levels of normal 
Effects of humidity, air conditioning & blowing air 
Discharge of static electricity 
The three myths of ESD
  • Component sensitivity levels 
  • What is a static-safe workstation 
  • Storage, packaging and transportation 
  • Working static-safe in the field 


    Course Duration & Presentation

    4 hours. Lecture notes, video and demonstrations.

    Course Designer & Presenter

    Vianney Shiel has extensive knowledge of printed circuit technology and CAD/CAM. His expertise is in design and production engineering. Professional experience has been gained through a combination of consultancy work to large electronics companies, research and being the founding director of a small design and manufacturing company. Vianney has visited 30 of the worlds largest electronics manufacturing sites to inspect their latest SMT design and manufacturing practices and has been a co-chairman and presenter at the Surface Mount International Conference in San Jose, USA on a number of occasions. Vianney has lectured at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology for 20 years and was the Principal Lecturer in Manufacturing Technology at the Australian Electronics Development Centre for nine years.

    Who Should Attend
    • Engineers 
    • Technical Officers 
    • Technicians & Supervisors involved in Manufacturing 
    • Technicians & Supervisors involved in Servicing Modern Electronic Equipment 
    • Design Personnel