We are confronted with static charges and discharges on a daily basis, but these do not affect us most of the time. When we walk on the carpet at home or get out of our car, we get charged doing so. Sometimes we might even feel the effects of the sudden, sparking discharge when we touch a doorknob or a car door. Fortunately, these electrostatic discharge sparks do not have any influence on our health and well-being, not even at levels well over 20,000 Volts.

When we talk about electronics, especially when the components and assemblies are still unprotected while being processed in the production areas, the situation is quite different. Most components are not as “forgiving” as we human beings and might get destroyed at much lower charge levels, a couple of hundred Volts typically, some even well below 100 Volts. For this reason most companies that process or handle electronic components and assemblies have established ESD control programmes to eliminate or reduce the risks involved.

There are two series of documents for ESD control programmes in use throughout the industry. The IEC 61340-5-X series is most widely used in Europe, and the rest of the world generally bases its ESD control plans on the ANSI/ESD S20.20. Both documents highlight the need to appoint an ESD Coordinator or Programme Manager, someone who is responsible for the implementation and verification of the ESD control programme in use in his company. In some companies he is also responsible for the proper measures to be taken to educate all staff.

Typically, an ESD control programme has to be tailored to the specific needs of each company and its processes. ESD prevention measures have to be blended for optimum result.
Therefore an ESD coordinator not only has to know the ins and outs of his company but also the applicable standards for ESD control programmes. Obviously, he has to be fully aware of ESD, the detrimental influence on modern electronics and ways to successfully prevent any damage.

PIEK’s Plant Auditor / Trainer certification course provides the ideal training to prepare a person within your company for his task as an ESD Coordinator. This training course has been updated recently and is now fully in compliance with the latest ESD Standards. It contains the information from IEC 61340-5-1:2016, IEC 61340-5-3:2015 and ANSI/ESD S20.20:2014. Furthermore, it provides a participant with all the necessary general information needed on ESD and its influence on electronic products.

Not only are the topics dealt with in theory, the course also provides a general ESD introduction to as well as a detailed study of the relevant standards. Various demonstrations are also part of the course. The course is rounded off by a theoretical exam as well as actual measurements in the production area by the participants, supervised by our instructor. The test equipment needed for this will be supplied by PIEK.

In conclusion, the course gives your ESD coordinator the tools necessary to adequately set up and implement an ESD control programme and perform all the necessary tasks with relation to the qualification of ESD control items, training of staff, compliance verification in the form of audits, grounding issues, workstations, packaging issues and the proper marking methods.

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Upcoming Regional ESD Courses

The dates listed on our website under the Training Calendar page have been put aside for those clients that have only a handful of employees or individuals that need to be enrolled in that particular IPC training course. See below for a small selection.

Start dateTrainingLanguageLocation 
08 June 2020ESD Plant Auditor/TrainerEnglishHeerlenQuote Request
16 November 2020ESD Plant Auditor/TrainerEnglishHeerlenQuote Request

We only offer a few common courses as open enrollment IPC training. See the Training Calendar page for available courses, dates and locations. If you wish to book one or more open enrollment courses, for one or more of your staff members please complete the quote request form.

Group PIEK & IPC training

For group IPC training for any staff that need to be trained and certified in any of the courses that PIEK offers, as per our complete course listing, let us know and we will provide you with the course outline and pricing for the course(s) that you choose. Our group rates allow up to 15 participants for theoretical courses and up to 10 participants for courses with practical training, at a great price. For a customized, site-specific quotation please fill in the quote request form.

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