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Using the Anti-Static Strap

What is this blue bracelet for and how do I use it?

This article details the importance and usage of the anti-static strap.

An anti-static strap, also known as an electrostatic discharge (ESD) wrist strap, is a crucial tool employed in the realm of electronics and sensitive equipment handling. Its primary purpose revolves around the mitigation of potential damage caused by electrostatic discharge – the sudden flow of electricity between two objects of differing electrical potential.

When individuals engage with electronic components, printed circuit boards (PCBs), or other delicate materials, they inadvertently accumulate static charges on their bodies. These charges can potentially cause harm to the components they touch, leading to malfunctions or even permanent damage. An anti-static strap functions as a conduit to redirect these charges safely to a grounded point, thereby neutralizing the risk of discharge.

The use of an anti-static strap is strongly recommended when replacing components such as camera assemblies, control boards, and other PCBs and should be included with any of these sensitive components.

The attached document showcases the proper use of the anti-static strap.

If further assistance is required, please contact Epilog Laser Technical Support by phone at 303-215-9171, or by email at tech@epiloglaser.com.