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Technical Publications 2.0

Over the past several years, U.S. based organizations have curtailed traditional internal verification efforts due to reliance on contract manufacturers, distributors and suppliers to do the right thing. The inspection of ESD sensitive parts is very important, but without special safeguards, the additional handling to remove and repack a product for validation can cause both physical and ESD damage in the process. For parts, including those not sensitive to static electricity, measures must be utilized to detect, inspect and validate the packaging that identifies and protects the product.

Cleanroom Static Control Glove Safeguards and Qualification Protocols for Risk Mitigation
By Bob Vermillion, CPP, Fellow, RMV Technology Group, LLC at NASA Ames Research Center | March 27, 2019

Due to suspect counterfeit and noncompliant static control gloves buys from online, catalogs and offshore sourcing, one cannot rely upon a supplier Technical Data Sheet as proof of compliance.

Contrary to many government and industry practices, static control or electrostatic discharge (ESD) products cannot be qualified by a visual inspection process. Today, the risk of suspect counterfeit or non-compliant consumables is on par with that of electrical, electronic, and electromechanical (EEE) ESD sensitive devices in the product life cycle.

Risk Mitigation: Advanced ESD Instrumentation for Qualification Testing of Static Shielding Bags
May 23, 2019 Bob Vermillion

Today, Suspect Counterfeit ESD Control and Non-Compliant Packaging is a growing issue throughout the Global Supply Chain. EEE parts (ESD sensitive devices) damage transcends circuit cards, touch screen displays, handheld devices, and other microprocessor driven products. Suspect counterfeit static control or non-compliant electrostatic discharge (ESD) shielding bags can be purchased over the internet, in tech-savvy catalogs, GSA approved suppliers, recognized brokers, authorized and unauthorized distributors or direct from a manufacturer.

Static Control gloves can be classified as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to reduce the risk of electrostatic discharge (ESD).

There are several types of ESD Gloves: Nitrile, Vinyl, Latex, Rubber and humidity independent conductive carbon/nylon yarn gloves. Due to an  astounding rise in the number of non-compliant and suspect counterfeit products, the author has found (in the testing of electrostatic materials) that a significant number of today’s OEMS, CMs, and suppliers either manufacture and/or use many ESD safe products that do not meet current ANSI/ESD or Military Standards. Suspect counterfeiting is no longer limited to cosmetics, watches and hand bags; this problem extends to the cordless wriststrap, soldering irons, ionizers, static shielding bags and other static control products.

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