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ESD/EMC Training Seminars

ESD Troubleshooting Techniques for Circuits & Systems

Training Seminar 171130


About the course​

This course covers advanced techniques for troubleshooting design problems both in the laboratory and in field installations.


Doug Smith, Senior Member, Technical Staff,  has developed these techniques over more than 30 years working in this field.

Although very effective, most of the techniques are not published and are unknown to others, even experienced engineers.

Some of the techniques presented are very effective at reproducing problems that occur in the field infrequently.  .


Techniques covered in the course that are applicable from tens of kHz to tens of GHz, although successful when standard techniques of circuit debugging, have failed in real time. 


 A few of the many techniques covered in the course include:noise injection though mutual inductance to find layout defects on printed wiring boards that cause SI and EMC problems.

  • finding resonant frequencies of physical structures

  • determining risk from mobile phones without an expensive setup

  • easily determining if a package has suitable parasitics for the die inside as well as tracking down EMC problems caused by package parasitics


This course describes many different techniques in depth, how to apply them, and how to interpret results.


A list of recommended equipment for troubleshooting difficult problems is presented. The techniques presented often use this equipment in unusual ways that are not obvious until seen.

Emphasis is placed on delivering practical knowledge that can be used immediately on the job. Some class time is reserved to discuss problems and interests of those attending. Each course delivery is modified to fit the interests of the attending students.



Instructional Methods


The course includes a combination of teaching methods including lecture, live experiments, live computer simulations, and still pictures of experiments with results. The combination of methods combined with Mr. Smith's enthusiastic presentation style helps the students learn and enjoy the course.


Who is it for?


All circuit designers, design supervisors, manufacturing test engineers, quality engineers, and field support engineers.

ESD Auditing Techniques for the NEW ESD20.20-2014 for NASA & DoD

Training Seminar 171220


About the Course


Today, +/-35 volts is a realistic ESD threshold so that DoD  professionals must be aware of and become trained in conducting work station area certification in support of the DoD ESD program.


Both  DoD and NASA are implementing procedures in the handling of Class 0A devices (<125 volts, HBM) to insure that materials are validated for conformance.


A full ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014 program requires certification of work stations in addition to Material Validation and Verification for Supplier compliance.  


In a laboratory environment, RMV conducts "hands on" and computerized instrumentation software for DoD agencies, Prime Contractors and Suppliers.  


Each participant will learn how to conduct assessments and certification of workstations and will  participate in conducting proper measurements and troubleshooting work areas to insure compliance.


 The training will be reinforced by hands on measurements. Each team member will be schooled in the proper protocols and given special templates for use within your facility.   


DoD  personnel should be capable of conducting internal assessments for ESD practices so that your  agency will be able to perform well in audits. In this manner, each audit will be instrument driven. 


Some topics not carried by others and are of particular importance today range from supplier non-compliance and suspect counterfeiting of ESD products and materials.


Due to the fact that products have been placed in quarantine, launches have been delayed and product failures with satellites have been identified, we will demonstrate the proper testing protocols for Incoming Inspection, Periodic Verification and Field Testing that will support you in your efforts to better manage your Supplier and Subcontractor during periodic or informal audits. 


As a coauthor of the ESD Packaging & Materials S20.20 Standard (ANSI/ESD S541), the Aerospace and Defense  sector has experienced  an upsurge of supplier non-conformance and counterfeit products.


Lack of in-house validation of materials and prima facie acceptance of supplier specifications from catalogs is another cause  for failures on the assembly line and in the field.   


With our Subject  Matter Expertise (SME)  in  ESD Materials and Product Testing, Bob Vermillion, iNARTE Certified ESD & Product Safety Engineer and SME Electrostatics for NASA & DoD,  will train  team members on the current and proper testing and evaluation of materials to meet or exceed current requirements set forth by NASA and the DoD and in compliance with ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014.


Participants will receive customized ANSI/ESD S20.20 Certification instruction.


The evaluation of Supplier products and materials will be taught by a thorough understanding of which  equipment is best for the application.


The RMV "Hands On" Training is far superior to drafting off work of others or by use of product supplier information techniques that have not been validated by a third party. 


Class size is limited to 12 persons.  For company training at your location, please call or email for pricing on a group discount. 

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