When do you need Ionisation?
Materials that do not easily transfer electrons are called insulators or non-conductors. An insulator will hold the charge and cannot be grounded; therefore the charge cannot dissipate in a controlled way. This could lead to static damage of nearby sensitive components as there can be a rapid, spontaneous transfer of electrostatic charge.
Insulators can be controlled by doing the following:
- Keep insulators a minimum of 30cm from ESDS items at all times, or
- Replace regular insulative items with an ESD protective version, or
- Periodically apply a coat of topical antistat.
When none of the above is possible, the insulator is termed "process essential" and therefore neutralisation using an ioniser should become a necessary part of the ESD control programme.
- Ionisers can neutralise static charges on an insulator in a matter of seconds.
We offer a wide product range of ionisers: bench-top, overhead and compressed air/gas point of use. Our products incorporate superior technology providing fast charge decay times, and such features as auto balancing offset voltage feedback controls and "clean me" alarms.