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IBM ThinkPad Dock II Hardware Maintenance Manual: Handling Devices That Are Sensitive To Electrostatic Discharge

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8. Check that the power-supply cover fasteners (screws
or rivets) have not been removed or tampered with.
Handling devices that are sensitive to
electrostatic discharge
Any computer part containing transistors or integrated
circuits (ICs) should be considered sensitive to electrostatic
discharge (ESD.) ESD damage can occur when there is a
difference in charge between objects. Protect against ESD
damage by equalizing the charge so that the machine, the
part, the work mat, and the person handling the part are all
at the same charge.
1. Use product-specific ESD procedures when they
exceed the requirements noted here.
2. Make sure that the ESD protective devices you
use have been certified (ISO 9000) as fully
When handling ESD-sensitive parts:
v Keep the parts in protective packages until they are
inserted into the product.
v Avoid contact with other people.
v Wear a grounded wrist strap against your skin to
eliminate static on your body.
v Prevent the part from touching your clothing. Most
clothing is insulative and retains a charge even when
you are wearing a wrist strap.
v Use the black side of a grounded work mat to provide a
static-free work surface. The mat is especially useful
when handling ESD-sensitive devices.
v Select a grounding system, such as those listed below,
to provide protection that meets the specific service
The use of a grounding system to guard against
ESD damage is desirable but not necessary.
– Attach the ESD ground clip to any frame ground,
ground braid, or green-wire ground.
– When working on a double-insulated or
battery-operated system, use an ESD common
ground or reference point. You can use coax or
connector-outside shells on these systems.
R50/R50p, R51 Series



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