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Sustainable packaging for electronics and PCBs [closed]

As an electronics engineer, I design and have lots of PCBs contract manufactured. Every supplier I have ever used will always use packaging materials like PE foam pouches and bubble wrap. Some use the ...
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How to make an anti-static vacuum cleaner?

I heard that vacuum cleaners are dangerous to use near electronic components because they build up static, and apparently, even modern components are so extremely vulnerable to static that merely ...
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Artificial grounds to remove static electricity on a metal frame?

I am a vex robotics student. Our team has an issue where ports on our robot core stop working due to static electricity buildup on the metal frame around the motors. Is it possible to make an ...
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Connecting grounding mat to socket

I bought an anti static mat that came with a banana plug connector and an alligator clip that can be mounted on the banana plug. Can I connect the banana plug connector directly into a US ground ...
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Trying to Identify Static or Thermal Transfer Tape

I came accross this solidstate drive which is in a custom plasic and metal enclosure. There is a sheet of material cut out between the metal top and the drive. I'm trying to figure out what it is, it'...
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How to DIY a anti static bracelet or ground oneself?

My laptop battery inflates and no longer works. I buy a new one and plan to install it myself, but I don't have an anti-static bracelet. I don't want to shock my laptop with statics. Is it possible to ...
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USB digital microscope and ESD safety (maybe power supply problem)

I have an ESD mat, ESD wrist strap and a Chinese USB (power only) digital microscope(Andonstar ADSM201.) I use the microscope for soldering and inspection at home for hobby projects. The microscope ...
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How real an issue is static for hobbyists (Arduino etc.) for parts storage?

The parts I buy come in all kinds of packaging: Here we have a USB charger in a basic anti-static bag, Kapton tape and MOSFETs in ESD bags and a small development board in a plain plastic bag. I'm ...
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Can I clip an antistatic wrist band to an extension cord ground pin plugged into my wall outlet for laptop work? [duplicate]

I've done some small laptop stuff without the wrist strap, but I might replace a logic board of a MacBook and will be working on it for a long time. I have wrist straps and might as well use one. I'm ...
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Would a silicone mat (not anti-static) placed on a truly ESD anti-static mat become anti-static?

It's just like another component placed on the anti-static mat, right? This should work at providing an inexpensive heat-resistant and anti-static workbench area? All the 'anti-static' heat resistant ...
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Aluminum foil under anti-static discharge mat

I have an anti-static-discharge mat similar to the one in this question. Like the OP in that question I doubt the mat's effectiveness, mostly because my ohmmeter measures an open circuit across small ...
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Bonding yourself via oscilloscope GND?

I want to prevent ESD and I read that connecting the wrist band to i.e. USB ground is not a good idea. My oscilloscope has a test output where I would like to connect the aligator clamp of the ESD ...
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What's the difference among these static protection bags?

I have some old modems & other cards stored in plastic static bags and noticed that a few of them were distinct... these are all from the 1990s or maybe early 2Ks. Here's a sampling: From left ...
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Static-Shielding bags

How many times can I use the Static-Shielding bags? I usually use this kind of bags to prevent to damage electronics. So when I need to touch some circuits, firstly I touch the bag. The problem here ...
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How to get rid of static electricity on a plastic slide

I've got a indoor spiral slide which appears have a large amount of static building. It frequently gives little shocks to people going down the slide. I've also got WS1825 addressable light strips on ...
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Are ESD safe tools necessary with proper setup?

My current setup is an ESD mat and ESD wristband both connected via alligator clips to unpainted screws that are screwed into a secondary PC power supply (not mounted in a PC case.) This power supply ...
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Anti-static wrist strap is not electrically conductive?

I am not an electrical engineer or technician, just a curious DIYer. I bought an anti-static wrist strap and when I did the circuit continuity test (using a multimeter) between the end alligator clip ...
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Styrofoam cooler/chest ok for electronics project?

I'm building a DIY power supply using 6 server power supplies. I've been looking for a case/enclosure to hold them and the necessary wiring and came across a styrofoam cooler that's the perfect size ...
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Ground anti-static bracelet without ground wire

I recently damaged a IC with my own static while soldering it. So I decided to buy a anti-static bracelet, but.. here where I live (Brazil) almost no building has proper grounding, only neutral and ...
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Why is there a voltage between the mains ground and my radiator?

I have an anti-static mat that comes with a plug that only has a ground lead. Out of curiosity, I measured the voltages between the live, neutral, ground, and my radiator. As expected, there is ...
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Is there a relatively inexpensive form of double sided tape that would be safe to use (i.e., low static) for mounting a sensor? [closed]

Apologies in advance if this question would be best directed elsewhere: I am working on a wearable project, and would like to attach two small IMUs ( see product page here) to some fabric. Each ...
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What is the smallest metal object you can ground yourself with?

Say I am installing a new CPU in my desktop motherboard and I am interested in grounding myself (by touch or one of those nifty bracelets) to avoid damaging my components. What is the nature of ...
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Are anti-static bags needed for storing electronic components?

Should I keep the sensors in the anti-static bags or are the bags only needed when shipping? As the anti-static bags are inconvenient and often too big to put the sensor into a compartment in my ...
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How should I use a static-shielding bag prior to opening, and why?

After grounding the ESD mat and wearing the properly grounded anti-static wrist strap, what is the correct process to take the contents out of the static-shielding bag and take it onto the antistatic ...
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Can a grounded static-shielding antistatic bag be used as a circuitry work surface to protect from ESD?

Basically, I have looked around about how to take proper care with respect to ESD and I am quite confused. I know an antistatic bag of any type would not provide additional protection from ESD if used ...
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How to convert a metal work table surface for electronic work?

I have a 23" x 60" metal work table...the kind that restaurants use for prep work. I'm using it as my computer table & electronics workstation. I want to make the surface non-conductive in the ...
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How do I test my gloves for ESD?

There is a lot of fake products in the market, and sometimes the original products fail to protect electronic components from ESD. My question is how do I test my gloves "with simple equipment" if it ...
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Anti-Static Soldering Mat - Makes hair stand on end?

I bought this (supposedly) anti-static soldering mat, because I was ruining my standard ESD mat when I would go to reflow things. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06X97Y379/ref=...
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Resistance to ground for ESD protection

I want to set up an electronic work area. I'm worried about ESD etc. I'm confused why some aspects of ESD precautions require high resistance to ground (1 Megohm for wrist straps) and others need to ...
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Easily available alternative to anti static bags

I want to pack some electronic components, but I don't have an anti static bag. Are there any easily available materials that can be used instead. Any frugal tricks ?? Thanks in advance.
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Electrostatic precaution for sensitive chip

I just figure out today that I always manipulate chips with the "Electrostatic sensitive devices" sign by hand. I never use a grounding bracelet or even a clamp. Even if I doesn't take such precaution,...
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Antistatic bag inside plastic bag?

I had to store a computer motherboard were the cardboard box was lost. The motherboard is in the original antistatic bag still closed with tape. I decided to put it inside a regular plastic bag ...
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What makes my screwdrivers ESD safe?

I needed a new screwdriver set and found one called T4741SESD. In the product description it says the following: ...
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Motherboard backside traces touching antistatic mat. What happens?

A certain quantity of these traces is connected straight to the ground-plane. What happens when an unpowered board (and completely disconnected from any peripheral) is on a grounded antistatic mat? ...
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Bonding yourself via GND pin of an USB-port?

A simple EPA (ESD Protected Area) consists of 3 things: wrist strap antistatic mat common point ground When doing field service (installing/replacing hardware parts) the ESD sensitive part goes ...
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Resistor or low impedance path between common ground point and mains earth?

A simple EPA (ESD Protected Area) consists of 3 things: wrist strap antistatic mat common point ground Wrist strap and antistatic mat both should grounded to the common point ground. ANSI/ESD S6.1 ...
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Cleaning a computer CPU - Do gauze pads with polyester in them cause ESD?

Do gauze pads, the type used for scrapes or burns, cause ESD if they have a mix of polyester in them? What if the polyester mix gauze pads have rubbing alcohol on them too? They don't have any lint ...
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ESD - Is it safe to connect yourself to an electrical outlet?

Is it safe to connect yourself to an electrical outlet? Either directly or indirectly. I would prefer to not connect myself directly to an electrical outlet, via (as I've heard) attaching a wrist ...
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Antistatic mat instead of antistatic wrist strap?

Just to make sure, before doing something silly: can i place a 2nd antistatic (dissipative) mat on the floor (along the 1st mat on the table) and stand on it with bare feet? Instead of wearing an ...
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Questions on basic ESD safely

Let me first apologize as I know this topic appears to have been discussed extensively yet something isn't clicking for me after researching over many days in stack, google, and youtube! I want to ...
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Do antistatic gloves help avoiding ESD?

On page 11 of this ESD Book: ESD sensitive device can experience a damaging discharge if touched by a person, even if that person is properly grounded. Increasing the electrical path'...
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Avoiding ESD on a new Graphics Card?

Would it make sense to connect the GND pins of an 8-pin PCIe power connector to a common point ground (which is at earth potential) and then plug that dummy connector into my new GFX card, before ...
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Using field emission to discharge low voltage static

I am looking for information on the efficacy of using field emission techniques to discharge low voltage static in microbalances. One method used in the past was to use a Polonium source to produce ...
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How would I test the continuity of an anti-static wrist band?

I am looking to purchase some anti-static gear for when working on electronics(I'm assuming all electronics should be worked with on an anti-static pad, that's correctly grounded, correct?), and ...
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Resistor near point-of-contact for better ESD-protection?

This question is about ESD-protection while installing/removing components (RAM, SSDs, etc.) inside a PC. When grounding the GND of an USB-port to earth or to my wrist strap (as advised earlier) the ...
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Anti-static mat connected to earth directly or 1E6 ohm resistor?

Should an anti-static mat be connected to earth directly or with 1E6 ohm resistance in between? 2 layer mat. Upper side: dissipative (10E7 ~ 10E10 ohm/m²). Bottom: conductive. To be a little more ...
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Anti-static home setup

As suggested in an answer to an earlier question of mine, bonding to a laptop can be done by connecting an anti-static wrist strap to the ground of an USB-port. (After disconnecting the AC-to-DC ...
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Grounding a laptop through the DC-jack?

I would like to reach zero potential difference between me and my laptop (to avoid ESD) before opening the back cover. I'll connect my wrist strap to a common ground point, thru a resistorized coil ...
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Should there really be 1 MΩ resistance between an anti-static wrist strap and a pc?

My previous question: what exactly is grounded through motherboard standoffs? The answers suggest that a PC case is grounded in 2 ways: To the ground plane of the motherboard, through the brass ...
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Anti-static wrist strap around your wrist or around your ankle?

Does it matter whether you wear your anti-static wrist strap around your wrist or around your ankle?
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