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Electrostatic Charging Of Objects And People; Packing And Dispatch Of Electrostatically Sensitive Assemblies - Siemens SIROTEC Planning Manual

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Electrostatically Sensitive Assemblies (ESA)

9.2 Electrostatic charging of objects and people

Objects and people connected non-conductively to the electrical potential of their
environment can become electrostatically charged.
Examples of such charging are:
Plastic cover or insulating slides
Books and notebooks with plastic wrapping
Persons when
Walking on plastic floors
Seating on upholstered chair
Walking on synthetic fitted carpet
Discharge current/energy
If, for example, a voltage of 10,000 volts is discharged due to touching a
component, then a discharge current of 15 A can flow for a short time. The
electrical energy that a component must thus take up is around 10
energy is sufficient to destroy semiconductors, e.g. integrated circuits, rectifiers and
signal diodes, or at least damage them.
Protect your assemblies and prolong their service life by observing the protective
measures in a responsible manner and applying them uncompromisingly.
9.3 Packing and dispatch of electrostatically sensitive
Package assemblies without housing and components in conductive ESD original
packaging whenever possible. You can also use plastic boxes metallized on the
outside, or uncoated cartons. Store electrostatically sensitive assemblies in high-
impedance conductive packing.
EMC Installation Guideline – Planning Guide (EMV) – 03.2004 Edition
up to 5,000 V
up to 8,000 V
up to 12,000 V
up to 15,000 V
up to 15,000 V
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