| The ESD Event ESD events are the ultimate indications of whether it is safe to handle sensitive components in your environment. If you observe strong ESD events, it is not advisable to continue work until the situation is corrected. Whether you already have static-dissipative mats, flooring, wrist straps and ionizers is less relevant – it may still be unsafe to handle sensitive components in the environment.
The Solution The ESD Pro is a hand-held indicator of ESD events showing the relative strength of each ESD event and counts the number of ESD events above the set threshold.
ESD events, or electrostatic discharges, can damage sensitive electronic components. The ultimate goal of ESD protection, such as grounding, wrist straps, ionizers, static-dissipative mats and alike is to prevent ESD events, or, at least, decrease their strength and frequency of occurrence. The only way to verify that your ESD protection works is by knowing whether you have ESD events in your environment, how strong they are and how many of them occur. Thus, instruments such as the 3M™ ESD Pro serve as your ultimate measure of effectiveness of your ESD protection.
The 3M™ ESD Pro is capable of rejecting non-ESD related EMI (electromagnetic interference) events. This patent-pending methodology allows assessment of the ESD environment in places where EMI events resulting from stepper motors, solenoids, relays and other similar events abound.