Developed by Electrostatic Discharge Association (USA), this standard provides administrative and technical requirements for establishing, implementing, and maintaining an ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) Control Program to protect electrical or electronic parts, assemblies, and equipment susceptible to damage by electrostatic discharges, hence reducing product failure rate on the plant floor and in the field. The standard defines the technical requirements for ESD Control Items for use in ESD Protected Area (EPA). Though ANSI/ESD 20.20 is a voluntary standard, some US buyers have made it a compulsory requirement for their contract manufacturers and suppliers to adopt the standard. Manufacturers of ESD control items who actively demonstrate their product’s compliance with the requirements specified in ANSI/ESD 20.20 is able to stand out from competition.
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