What is Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)?


Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) is a type of contaminant. Some say it is an even worse contaminant than particulates. It is a sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects caused by contact.

ESD can cause damage to electronic devices used in many industries, such as electronics (televisions, stereos, computers, semiconductors, digital cameras, and integrated circuits), medical devices, and pharmaceutical, etc. The actual cost of ESD damage to these industries is estimated as running into the billions of dollars annually.

A good way to mitigate ESD loss is the proper choice of cleaning supplies. Berkshire Lab-Tips® ESD swabs are specifically designed to be used in ESD-sensitive environments for cleaning purposes. They are the ideal choice for cleanrooms and other controlled environments.

Berkshire Lab-Tips® ESD swabs have ESD safe handles that are engineered with static dissipative polymer with an ESD dissipative range of 108 ~ 1010 ohms*. They are packaged in an anti-static bag.

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*Testing for swab surface resistance test was conducted at RMV Technology Group, located at the NASA-Ames Research Center (ARC), Moffett Field, CA per ANSI/ESD STM 13-1 2004.

Benefits of Lab-Tips® ESD swabs:

• Critically low particles, fibers, ions and extractables
• Excellent chemical resistance
• Thermal bonded head to eliminate the contaminating adhesives
• High abrasion resistance while soft and non-abrasive
• Autoclavable