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Bemcot M3II Low Linting Anti-Static Cleanroom Wipers

BEMCOT M-3 static dissipative cleanroom ESD wipers are suitable for nearly all manufacturing and optical cleaning applications.

Bemcot wipers are for quick and easy wiping in cleanrooms, automotive manufacturing, electronics screen printing and other working environments that demBemcot M3IIand the lowest levels of lint and particles. BEMCOT is characterized by its low particle generation, high absorbency, high purity, high chemical resistance, high heat resistance, anti-static, ecoefficiency, enabling the high level of performance required for wipers for cleanrooms.

Bemcot wipers can be used in various industries such as semiconductor, optical, medical, cosmetics, food & beverage, printed circuit boards, building maintenance, automobile, aircraft, LCD, magnetic tapes, oil, tools, equipment, glass, optics, etc.

Features

  • Made of proprietary 100% filament rayon that absorbs 13 times its weight in liquid
  • Nonwoven, soft, and low-linting wiper with excellent antistatic and heat resistance properties
  • No binders—safe to use with different solutions
  • Designed for use on sensitive electrical equipment, and in compact disk and magnetic tape industries
  • Apertured surface promotes particle removal
  • Static dissipative ESD wipes for all electronic manufacturing and optical cleaning applications
  • 100% knitted polyester
  • No carbon or metal fibers
  • Less than 100 volts tribo-charge
  • Good solvent resistance, lint-free
  • Complies with ANSI/ESD S20.20 ( per ANSI/ESD S11.11 & ANSI/ESD DS11.12 )

Read about Bemcot Wipers in Electronics Screen Printing and Bemcot Wipers in Automotive Processes.

For price and availability on the BEMCOT M-3 wipers or for information on any products in Transforming Technologies full line of ESD products, please call 419-841-9552 or email info@transforming-technologies.com.

There are THREE types of Static Control Garments that are compliant to the ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014 Standards.

1) Static Control Garment – Level 1

These smocks are primarily designed to shield the technician’s clothing from the ESD Sensitive product. They DO NOT come with a ground snap and DO NOT require a ground cord. When these static control garments come into contact with the users skin (the user’s skin is about as electrically conductive as the garment) the static charge is equalized and goes to ground via the technician’s primary ground source (normally an ESD wrist strap and or ESD heel grounders).

2) Groundable Static Control Garment – Level 2

These smocks are primarily designed to shield the technician’s clothing from the ESD Sensitive product but they also provide redundant protection in the unusual event the smock does not make contact with the users skin. The ESD smock has a snap on the hip that can connect a  ground cord to create a path to electrical ground. A Groundable Static Control Garment is NOT recommended as the technician’s primary ground source (an ESD wrist strap and or ESD heel straps are still required).

3) Groundable Static Control Garment System – Level 3

These smocks are designed to act as a primary ground source for the technician (they can act as a replacement for a wrist strap). In addition to grounding the technician, they will also help to shield the technician’s clothing from the ESD sensitive product. They are reliant on good skin to smock contact. Hence, they may come with ESD cuffs or snap style cuffs that fit snugly around the users wrist.

The Wireless Wrist Strap – Do They Work?

 We Put Them to the Test!  And They FAIL!

The wireless wrist strap has been available for over 10 years.  We have seen them used in the electronics manufacturing and other assembly applications and have received several inquiries about their performance.

In this blog, we test and report on the effectiveness of the wireless wrist strap. Our results indicate wireless wrist straps fail to ground operators or keep operators sufficiently neutral. Read why the wireless wrist strap system results in a potential nightmare of problems and view the hard data that proves they don’t work.

wireless wrists strap

Background: The Wireless Wrist Strap Dream

It would be nice to be able to effectively drain the charge from a person without them tethered to a work station with standard wrist straps or other ground connection.  ESD flooring and footwear is an option, however it can require a significant investment for it to be effective. Hence, the dream of the wireless wrist strap.

So what about the wireless wrist strap?  The advertising says “This compact wrist strap eliminates static without the need for a pesky grounding cord.  This allows you freedom of movement so you can leave your work area without needing to unclamp yourself and lose your anti-static protection.”  It also states that the band “…ensures that you have a much smaller static build-up and dissipates it quickly.

Wireless Wrist Straps vs. Physics

That all sounds wonderful in theory, unfortunately it does not work as advertised.   Most companies follow the ANSI/ESD S20.20 standards for their ESD Control Programs which requires human body voltage to be less than 100 volts and the wireless wrist strap does not meet the requirements of the standard.

The standard states “All personnel shall be bonded or electrically connected to the grounding/equipotential bonding system when handling ESDS items.” The standard goes on to list the requirement of a resistance between the operator and ground of less than 35 megohms.  This requirement seems quite impossible to meet with the wireless wrist strap.

Corded wrist straps

Resistance to Ground of person wearing a corded wrist strap

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Resistance to Ground of person wearing wireless wrist strap

But what if you are not tied to the industry standard and just want to make sure that you are not generating excessive voltage that could harm electronic devices or assemblies?  The voltage generated and stored on the person is what is important.  So let us conduct another measurement that compares the voltage generated on a person that is a: not grounded, b: grounded through a conventional wrist strap/cord system and c: a person wearing the wireless wrist strap.

The Walking Test

For this test we will use the Warmbier WT5000 walking test instrument.   This instrument measures and records the voltage on a person while walking or simply standing.  To measure the voltage we held the test electrode on the instrument and repeated the six step walking test described in ANSI/ESD STM97.2 – Voltage Measurement in Combination with a Person.

Figure Standard shoes, tile floor, with no wrist strap

Figure 1: Standard shoes, tile floor, with no wrist strap

You see that from Figure 1 that the voltage on the person wearing standard shoes on a tile floor and no wrist strap was greater than -500 volts.   This voltage is well in excess of the damage thresholds for many devices today.    Next we will try the same floor and footwear but the operator will wear a standard wrist strap with coil cord (Figure 2).

Standard shoes, tile floor, wearing corded wrist strap

Figure 2: Standard shoes, tile floor, wearing corded wrist strap

In this case you should notice that the voltage is minimal.   The peak voltage was -1.41 volts and the valley was +0.46 volts.

Finally, we test the same floor and footwear with the wireless wrist strap (Figure 3).

Cordless wrist strap

Figure 3: Wireless wrist strap

The graph in Figure 3 shows that while wearing the wireless wrist strap, voltages of greater than

-100 volts were reached within one second of the test and peak voltages exceeding -500v were reached in less than 10 seconds.

Wireless Wrist Straps are Unacceptable

So in addition to not being electrically bonded to ground, the wireless wrist strap does not prevent charge build-up or decay charge at a rate that is acceptable for handling electronic devices.

It would be nice to be able to handle electronic devices without that bothersome coil cord getting in the way or without having to invest in a flooring and footwear system, however the reality is that a person must be physically and electrically attached to ground to drain charge from their body.

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