New facilities and new companies that handle ESD susceptible parts must have an ESD Control Program Plan, even if they have no aspiration to seek ANSI/ESD S20.20 Certification. Often times, ISO 9000 Auditors will discover situations that demand closer scrutiny relative to static control and create a “finding” in their report. Since static control is normally considered a Quality Assurance issue, having a plan in place that details how parts are protected is very important and relevant to the overall operations within the facility.
Affinity provides a complete ESD Control Program Plan preparation service. The result is a state-of-the-art ESD Control Program Plan, designed to meet ANSI/ESD S20.20 and IEC61340-5-1, based on your facility applications, processes and requirements. Affinity personnel are deeply involved in the development of industry standards so you are assured of the most current information possible.
Preparation of a complete Program Plan from a “blank piece of paper” requires a thorough understanding of your operations, therefore, Affinity personnel must be on-site for a period of time to observe operations and create an operational map of product flow and processes. The time required for this activity is dependent on the physical size of the facility, number of personnel, type of manufacturing operation and number of individual processes.
The publication of an ESD Control Program Plan that meets ANSI/ESD S20.20 requirements represents (arguably) 60% of the Certification effort. While the Plan must be detailed, it need not be cumbersome. Keeping the Plan simple yet effective should be the goal.