Eliminate harmful electrostatic discharge with proper humidification
Electronic devices, printed circuit boards, components and data are highly sensitive
to electrostatic discharge. Correct humidity levels are essential to minimizing the
damage caused by ESD.
What is ESD?
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects caused by contact. The ESD occurs when differently-charged objects are brought close together or when the dielectric between them breaks down, sometimes creating a visible spark.
However, many ESD events occur without a visible or audible spark. A person carrying a relatively small electric charge may not feel a discharge that is sufficient to damage sensitive electronic components.
These invisible forms of ESD can cause outright device failures, or may affect the long term reliability and performance of electronic devices. The effects of ESD on some electronics may not become evident until well into their product life.
One of the causes of ESD events is static electricity. Static electricity is often generated through tribocharging – the separation of electric charges that occurs when two materials are brought into contact and then separated.
Examples of tribocharging include walking on a rug, rubbing a plastic comb against dry hair or rubbing a balloon against a sweater.
The friction between two materials results in tribocharging, thus creating a difference of electrical potential that can lead to ESD.