ESD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Electrically conductive plastics and ESD

We have collected here some questions on ESD from our customers and Premix colleagues. Toni Viheriäkoski, our trusted external expert has provided the questions. You can also send your own question to us (link on the right), and we will get you an answer.

This is a good question to start with. ESD means electrostatic discharges, which can cause all kinds of disturbances, e.g. damage to sensitive equipment.

You’ll find a good explanation of ESD fundamentals from the ESD Association's homepage.

Introduction to our expert:

Mr. Toni Viheriäkoski offers Electrostatics and ESD control metrology services through Cascade Metrology. His active development and research work within the ESD field have contributed significantly to the global ESD community and standardization work. Toni is a member of several working groups of IEC’s international standardization committees and has had a significant pioneer role in the birth of a new ESD standard for the health care sector. The initiative for the new standard “IEC 61340-6-1: Standard for electrostatic control in health care facilities” came through Toni’s research work. He is also leading the IEC’s TC101 working group PT 6130-6-1.

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Where can I find more information about ESD?

You could start by checking these helpful links:

ESD overview from ESD Associations homepage
You’ll find a good explanation of ESD from the ESD Associations site.

ESD Association Symposium 2017 from IEEE’s Xplore digital library
If you want to study this subject in more detail, please check our technical paper “Electrostatic discharge characteristics of conductive polymers” ESD Association Symposium 2017 from IEEE’s Xplore digital library.

Practical insights into resistivity measurements
Practical tips and pitfalls related to resistance and resistivity measurements can also be found in the article “Practical insights into resistivity measurements.” Static Association of Finland (Mainly Finnish content) choose TC101


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