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Trek, Inc.: ESD Event Detector

Trek, Inc. recently introduced the TREK Model 900 ESD event detector, a diagnostic tool for manufacturing environments such as electronic, semiconductor and medical device manufacturing/assembly that are sensitive to electrostatic discharge (ESD). ESD events are important indicators of excessive charge accumulation in a given environment.

Excessive charge accumulation (electrostatic charging) can be detrimental to ESD-sensitive manufacturing and assembly processes such as those found in the semiconductor industry. ESD can also be a concern in the manufacture of electronics and other devices, including sensitive medical electronics, microelectronics, liquid crystal displays (LCDs), hard disk drives, and microelectronic mechanical systems (MEMS), as well as various sectors of the electronic manufacturing services (EMS) industry.

The Model 900 is a diagnostic tool used to identify incidents of or verify suspected areas of ESD activity within a manufacturing site. A voltage-sensitive antenna on the unit can be positioned near potential problem areas (where electrostatic discharge is suspected) to monitor ESD events. Detection is conveyed via an audible buzzer and/or a visual color-coded light display that depicts intensity.

By detecting ESD events, the Model 900 serves to alert manufacturing engineers to the presence of potentially harmful (and invisible) electrostatic charging. Such identification is often the first step in managing ESD. Once alerted to its presence, action can be taken to rectify the situation and thereby improve overall efficiency, yield and productivity.

For more information, call (585) 798-3140 or visit www.trekinc.com.

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