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Author Topic: How to Shop for ESD Workbench tools?  (Read 1686 times)
KC2NLT
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« on: December 19, 2006, 06:12:15 PM »

I'm in the market for an ESD workbench mat and some grounding tools.

1.I've seen some mats ranging in price from a few dollars to well over $100. So, what should one look for when buying a static dissipative mat?

2. Ideal industries sell a Stat-Gard ESD Grounding Kit that includes a circuit tester. Is this investment necessary (read: worth it) to ensure a good ground?

http://www.idealindustries.com/tm/ElectricalTesters.nsf/ElectricalTesters?OpenFrameSet
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KC2NLT
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2006, 06:15:20 PM »

That link doesn't seem to work. Here's a better one:

http://www.idealindustries.com/IDEAL-EZ/products.nsf/ItemMasterLookup/p61-046?OpenDocument
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2006, 08:51:18 PM »

There's a lot more to ESD protection if you're serious; but then, there's also a lot less to it if you're just a hobbyist and not in the business of building electronic equipment.

On the "serious" side, I've installed not only ESD conductive/protective workbench surfaces, testers, ground rods and distribution, wrist and ankle straps and miscellaneous accessories, but also a conductive/dissipate floor which cost about $1500.  But then, I do a lot of work with small ESD-sensitive components and overall, there will be a savings going this route.

If you work with tube circuits and TTL electronic stuff, you probably don't need any of this.

What exactly are you working on, where this might be of any significance?

The most important ESD tools are probably a simple wrist strap with ground lead (and a ground to attach it to!), a grounded soldering station and maybe a conductive bench mat.  In lieu of the conductive mat, a mat that simply resists static buildup works also.  Obviously, carpeted benchtops or those made of any kind of plastic or resin are not a good choice.  But linoleum or ceramics aren't bad at all.

I've seen conductive anti-static bench mats for about $5 at surplus sales -- a lot!  If you find an electronics manufacturing company that went out of business or is moving and having an auction, you can fill a truck with this kind of stuff for very little cash.

WB2WIK/6
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KC2NLT
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« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2006, 03:16:38 PM »

Thank you for a very informative response. I learn something new every day. I'm mostly interested in a simple setup. Most of the work I do is building VHF handheld receivers and transmitters and an occasional circuit board modification (digital camera & camcorder).

Merry Christmas,
Adam
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OK1RP
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2014, 03:38:04 AM »

Hi,

hope that You will enjoy the ESD mat from here.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/231212727010?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

It is cheap, highest durability/quality.

Good luck,

73 - Petr, OK1RP
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KB4QAA
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2014, 09:49:36 AM »

http://www.stanleysupplyservices.com/search.aspx?f=1%3a960

Stanley/Jensen Tools has everything you ever wanted in the way of ESD supplies, tools and equipment.
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KJ6ZOL
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2014, 12:36:55 PM »

Fry's Electronics carries antistatic stuff. http://www.frys.com/ As for an antistatic soldering station, try a Hakko. Fry's sells Hakko soldering stations. I had one for a while, but my poor hand eye coordination ultimately led me to the conclusion that I can't solder worth beans.  Cry Cry Heck, I can't even touch type, all I can do is type with my index fingers like an 8 year old. It's not a matter of knowing how, I do, I just don't have the motor coordination. Anyway, Fry's has mats and even antistatic gloves. Gloves are great for keeping skin oils off sensitive components.
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