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  • Why Use Ionizers

    You’ve heard about ionizers before...but do you really need them? If you want to protect your workstation from electrostatic discharge (ESD), then the answer is most likely yes.

    Certain preventative measures can be taken to protect your workstation from electrostatic discharge. In order to maintain a proper ESD control program you will sometimes need to use additional equipment -- this is where the ionizer comes into play.

    Below, we’ll go over four methods for reducing electrostatic discharge both with and without the use of an ionizer to show you the difference.

    Three Ways to Reduce Electrostatic Discharge Without an Ionizer

    In an ESD protected area, insulators can be controlled by doing the following:

    1. Use insulators and maintain a perimeter
    In addition to using a grounded work surface, be sure to use insulated items. These insulated items should be a minimum of 30 centimeters away from all ESD sensitive items at all times.

    2. Use ESD protective items
    To add an extra layer of precaution, replace your insulative items with fully ESD protected versions. For example, instead of using a regular drinking cup at your workstation, replace it with a fully insulated thermos.

    3. Periodically apply topical anti-static agent
    For items which cannot be replaced with an ESD protected version, protect against electrostatic discharge by periodically applying a topical anti-static agent. Examples of such items might be your keyboard.

    Why use an ionizer

    When none of this is possible, the insulator is termed process essential and therefore neutralization using an ionizer should become a necessary part of the ESD control program.

    How ionizers remove electrostatic discharge
    While conductive items can be discharged of their negative ions by being placed on a grounded surface, an insulator will still maintain a positive charge when placed on a grounded surface. Here’s an example:

    This instrument is a digital static field meter which measures voltages associated with electrostatic charge. If we rub two paddles together -- one an insulator and the other a conductor -- and hold them over the field meter the meter shows that the insulated paddle holds many thousands of volts, which in this case is a positive charge.

    The conductive paddle holds a much lower negative charge but it is still charged.

    If we place both paddles on a grounded surface and hold them over the field meter again, the insulator is still holding a large positive charge.

    However the conductor is no longer holding a charge. By placing the conductor on a grounded surface the charge was transferred to the mat and away to the ground.

    An ionizer can help maintain an ESD protected workstation for both insulators and conductors.

    Once the ionizer is turned on it sends out thousands of matching pairs of both positive and negative ions in the air flow. If we hold the positively charged insulative paddle into the air flow it will attract negative ions thereby neutralizing the charge on the surface.

    It’s like magic...or better yet, science!

    Still have questions? Watch our instructional video to learn more about why you should use ionizers here.

    What size ionizer is best?
    The size of the ionizer needed depends on the size of your workstation. For small workstations and desktops not more than 1-4 feet, a single-fan ionizer will work. For larger workstations or a grouping of desktops, several overhead multi-fan ionizers may be more suitable. As a supplement, or to reach small interior areas and remove lodged debris, a point-and-shoot ionizer or ionizer gun works best.

    Shop these and other ESD protective items for your manufacturing workspace from KIMCO’s ionization equipment.

  • 3M Static Control is now SCS

    3M Static Control has been acquired by Desco Industries Inc. The 3M Static Control brand will now be known as SCS. Former 3M Static Control products will feature the new SCS logo, but will still retain the same 3M part numbers.

    Rest assured that the same quality and affordable pricing you have come to expect from 3M Static Control products will be maintained during and after this transition to the SCS brand. We at GoKimco.com are proud to continue to offer you these high quality static control products.

    If you have any questions, please contact us.

  • Desco Static Shielding and Moisture Control Bags

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    Desco ESD static shielding and moisture barrier bags are designed to protect sensitive electronic components like motherboards, and printed circuit boards from charge-back and/or moisture while in storage and during transit.

    Desco static shielding ESD bags are constructed with anti static properties and several layers of metal for added protection. Companies in the electronic industry rely on Desco products to protect their equipment from damage. These bags provide:

    - maximum static protection
    - low overhead
    - durability- variety of sizes
    - zip-top and heat seal-able options

    Desco anti-staic moisture barrier bags act as barriers to prevent moisture, debris, and dust particles from damaging their contents. A protective coating is applied over a transparency anti static film. Multi-layered insulation material is added during the construction process. The insulation is effective in preventing ESD hazards from coming in direct contact with circuit boards and other electronic devices.

    Types of Desco Anti Static Bags Available:

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    Anti-static Bags

    These particular bags are treated with a topical anti-static agent. The agent is place on the surface of the bags to help minimize static during contact. Some anti-static bags are constructed with the added film protection built in. These bags tend to be cleaner, and more reliable than treated bags.


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    Metallic Shield Bags

    These bags offer static protection in two ways; pretreated or embedded. The metal film guards the devices, by preventing discharges from outside the bag, depending on the thickness of the film. This effect is referred to as the “Faraday Cage Effect” and is often used in the construction of metal shield bags, and conducive bags.


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    Moisture Barrier Bags

    Desco bags that are rated as moisture barriers provide additional anti-moisture protection for sensitive electronic parts. For added moisture protection, consider also using Desco desiccants and humidity indicator cards.


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    Bubble Bags

    Desco bubble bags offer a combination of the features mentioned above, with added padding suitable for shipping protection.

    Desco offers a wide array of bags and packaging, suitable for any electronic production or shipping need. Feel free to contact us if you require assistance in choosing the right Desco bags for your needs.

  • Desco Wrist Straps

    Desco wrist straps are perfect for making your ESD-safe program even better. Desco wrist straps are made in the United States, so you can be sure you have the best possible product. Desco makes a variety of wrist straps in differing sizes so you can select the best option for your work space or ESD-safe program.  You can choose from a wide range of materials to insure that you find the strap that is right for your program's needs, each and every time.

    The Desco 09041 Adjustable Premium Metal Expansion Wrist Band is a fantastic option as it offers maximum protection and wear-ability. This strap features metal expanders that allow for size adjustment, and provide utmost durability.

    For programs on a tighter budget, or for those who prefer fabric bands, the Desco 09039 Adjustable Elastic Economy Wrist Strap with 6' Coil Cord is an excellent choice. This strap is lightweight, durable, reasonably priced, and simple. Desco elastic wrist bands are impregnated with silver and polypropylene to improve conductivity. This is also a great option for those that may not know just what type of strap is right for them and just need something basic and functional.Desco 09039

    These straps come with a soft elastic band, making them very comfortable. They are made with pure silver that is irreversibly bound to the elastic fibers that are both anti-microbial as well as anti-odor. The locking clasp keeps the strap securely fastened so that they will not slip or move. Desco 09184

     

    Also consider the popular Desco Jewel series, which feature durability, comfort, and a large selection of cool colors and looks. Desco wrist straps are made with a one meg ohm resistor and are date coded for lot trace-ability.

  • 7 Essential Desco Products for Your ESD-safe Workspace

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    Desco offers a huge array of products to outfit any ESD-safe workspace. With so many types of products to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are seven product types, offered by Desco, that are essential to any ESD-safe work space.

     

    1. Jewel Wrist straps

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    Wrist straps are used to maintain a ground while a worker is performing an ESD sensitive task. Desco "Jewel" wrist straps and ground cords are high quality and also are available in a variety of styles and colors. Some employers even use Desco Jewel wrist straps as an employee incentive, since they look really cool.

     

     

    2. Heel Grounds

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    Some work places prefer heel grounds to wrist straps for maintaining grounds while working with sensitive equipment. Desco offers a full range of heel grounds for different shoe types. Some work places prefer the high-visibility models to cut down on workers accidentally walking out of facilities wearing them.

     

     

    3. Testers

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    It is important to monitor the continued effectiveness of heel grounds and wrist straps. Desco testers and calibration units will help ensure your ESD-safe program is staying safe!

     

     

    4. Matting

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    Desco's ESD-safe work top matting is useful for protecting work surfaces and components being assembled or serviced. Choose from vinyl, foam, and rubber styles depending on durability concerns and budget.

     

     

    5. Ionizers

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    Ionizers neutralize static charges in the air, providing a workspace with extra ESD protection.

     

     

    6. Apparel

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    ESD-safe apparel is a huge component of any work space with static concerns. Desco's ESD-safe garments are durable and comfortable. Consider color coding for size or application.

     

     

    7.  Bags

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    ESD-safe bags can be used for component storage and shipping. We stock Desco bags that provide anti-static and/or moisture protection, as well as padded bubble bags for shipping.

     

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