ESD test for optimum protection of your ESD protected area

When do I need to carry out checks or tests for an ESD protected area (EPA)?

If you work with electronic assemblies, there is a risk that uncontrolled electrostatic discharges (ESD) could visibly damage them, interfere with their function or lead to operational failure later on.

An ESD protected area, also known as an EPA (electrostatic protected area), provides effective protection against damage caused by electrostatic discharge. All precautionary measures are taken here to be able to work with electrostatically sensitive assemblies without damaging them.

Here you’ll find the most important information about the topic of ESD, EPA and electrostatic charge.

What do I need to take into consideration when performing an ESD test?

If you have an ESD protected area (EPA) that is set up in accordance with DIN EN 61340-5-1, you must carry out regular checks and tests using test stations to verify whether the protection zone and its elements are functioning correctly and thus protecting electronic assemblies and components through controlled discharge.

Every day before first entering the EPA, you must test your personal ESD protective equipment for correct functioning. Worktables, floor mats and grounding connections should be checked monthly and ESD test stations should be checked annually.

You can find a product overview of ESD test stations and resistance measuring devices here:

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In addition to an ESD test, an ESD workstation, ESD shoes, ESD tools and ESD clothing are also part of an extensive ESD-safe zone.

Do you have any questions? Would you like to arrange an ESD consultation?

The Hoffmann Group provides you with everything from a single source:

  • We can develop a tailor-made EPA for you
  • And provide you with the appropriate products for dealing with ESD-sensitive assemblies.

You can reach us by telephone, e-mail or fax.

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You can find an explanation of all of the most important terms concerning the topic of ESD/EPA here:

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