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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by ThisJobs4Me, Dec 27, 2003.

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  1. ThisJobs4Me

    ThisJobs4Me Guest

    What surfaces are you who work with electronic components using? In my post of
    two days ago i asked about electrostatic discharge from laminate worksurfaces.
    One poster (Petrus) spoke of differences between "office furnishings" and those
    specializing in this field. I am not only aware of these companies but have
    worked with and used many of them in lab settings before. However, one look at
    the worksurfaces these companies offer (such as Keawanee Techs Electronics Lab
    Furniture) one cant help but notice they use the same top materials. (in fact
    Wilson art laminate is used by many manufacturers) So the question for me is...
    Is the best way to handle the subject with the use of discharge mats or does
    anyone know of actual tops constructed for this.

    Thanks again,

  2. Kevin Kilzer

    Kevin Kilzer Guest

    I am not an expert in the field, but I prefer the mat.

    I understand that the surfaces lose their active quality over time.
    It seems that a glued-down laminate with a limited life would be a

    If life-expectancy is not the problem, then there is also the
    ignorance of those that check up on these things. It seems it would
    be easier to train an inspector to "test the mat" than to distinquish
    between tables with or without discharge laminate.

    Also, the discharge mat is more comfortable to work on than the hard
    laminate surface (yes, I have used both).

  3. <snip>

    My workbench, obtained from Boeing Surplus, was designed expressly
    for electronics work and made by one of 3M's many divisions. It features
    a hard laminate work surface that is electrostatically conductive, and
    thoroughly grounded. No mat is required.

    Dr. Anton Squeegee, Director, Dutch Surrealist Plumbing Institute
    (Known to some as Bruce Lane, KC7GR)
    kyrrin a/t bluefeathertech d-o=t c&o&m
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