Finder SpA has employed a range of ultra-modern technology in its new electronics manufacturing facility in Almese, Italy, including innovative electrostatic discharge (ESD) protective flooring. The new ­department will house the production of printed circuit boards, and the assembly of products that use them – such as timers, monitoring relays and energy-saving lighting control products.

Finder has adopted measures to protect components against electrostatic discharge (ESD), ensuring that any ESD voltage is limited to less than 100V. The company has been able to create an Electrostatic Protected Area (EPA) due to its innovative static dissipative flooring. Discharge current levels that would otherwise be damaging to electronic components are avoided through dissipation under ‘controlled’ conditions. This flooring system enables operators to move freely throughout the entire area using suitable anti-static equipment while visitors can access the departments along the dedicated routes. After checking the resistance of the person/shoe with respect to the floor, personnel are authorised to handle ESDS (electrostatic discharge sensitive) devices directly without a grounding wrist strap.


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