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EPA - "ESD-Protected Area"
A special protection zone within the production
An ESD-protected zone (EPA) is an area in which electrostatic charges, which are often caused by static electricity, are prevented by using appropriate ESD-products.
In accordance with the current ESD-standard, the maximum permitted electrostatic charges in accordance with the human body model, are specified as 100 volts for ESD-protected zones.
This serves to protect against electrostatic discharge (ESD), which can damage or destroy sensitive electronic components.
Electrostatic protected areas and single ESD-workstations are required in nearly the entire electronics- and semiconductor production.
Being used are e.g. dissipative floor- and table coverings, furniture, tools, packaging materials and ESD-clothing.
The human body is grounded at ESD-workstations by using an antistatic wrist strap. The grounding wrist strap ensures a defined conductive connection to earth, typically via an electrical resistance of one megohm.
Regularly standardized measurements and checks of the ESD-properties and leakage values ensure permanent protection against electrostatic discharge. We offer numerous test- and measurement equipment for this purpose.
We would be happy to advise you.
The EPA-checklist gives you a brief overview about the single points to consider in the EPA. A simple download enables you to print it out in order that you can post the list at your EPA.