“Studies show that over one-third of field failures in the semiconductor industry are caused by electrostatic discharge (ESD). For some manufacturing firms, such a yield loss can spell huge financial disasters, especially since ESD may not only damage electronics but employees’ lives too. This is why a well-defined ESD risk management system must be implemented, particularly one that complies with ESD 20:20 standards from ISO.
ESD is a natural phenomenon that occurs when two objects with stored charges or static electricity come into contact. Anything from a floor surface to the fur of human skin can collect a charge of up to several thousand volts. When released, this electricity has enough energy to burn tiny metal pieces or cause electrical shock. “