ESD ASSOCIATION North Central Chapter
The North Central Chapter is a professional voluntary association founded in 1987 by six people with a mission to promote networking and the exchange of technical information on common electrostatic discharge related subjects. From those first six members, the North Central Chapter membership has grown and now averages more than one hundred members throughout Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, Iowa, and North and South Dakota.
Today, chapter members include Engineers, Technicians, Production Management, Quality Assurance and Reliability, Research, Sales and Marketing, Education, and Purchasing professionals. Our chapter members find the help and resources they need through educational programs, technical discussions, facility tours, and active networking during quarterly meetings. Also, the chapter's newsletter, Common Ground, covers chapter activities and a review of the technical discussion held during the previous quarterly meeting. You may also learn more by reading the Chapter Bylaws.
North Central Chapter members receive notification of Chapter activities that occur throughout the year. The Chapter meets four times a year, and most meetings are held at member companies. The North Central Chapter supports the National Electrostatic Discharge Association (ESDA) through regional tutorials and national standards involvement.
Benefits of Membership:
For additional information or to join the North Central Chapter:
- Notification of Chapter meetings
- Meetings are held at member sites and include tours of ESD areas
- Chapter meetings typically have an ESD related presentation
- Vendor days and tutorials are supported and sponsored by the Chapter
- Networking with other ESD professionals
- Quarterly newsletter published to inform members of Chapter activities
- Quarterly updates on national standards and other pertinent activities
Please contact the Membership Chairperson:
651-426-4829 or 651-414-5477 (work)
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Mark your calendar for the Annual ESD North Central Chapter meeting!
When: Monday April 13th
Sign-in 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Meeting starts at 4:30
Watch for an email for registration and meal choice!
Where: Granite City Food & Brewery
3330 Pilot Knob Rd, Eagan, MN 55121
Annual membership fee ($50) includes dinner, dessert and a wonderful presentation along with great networking.
Speaker: Ron Gibson, Advanced Static Control Consulting
Topic: Are your ESD instruments lying to you?
The control of static electricity has become ever more important to the electronics industry as semiconductor devices have become more sensitive to electrostatic discharge. At the same time much of North America’s electronics production has been transferred to Asia to factories that have not had a long term ESD program installed in their facilities.
These companies have had to establish ESD controls, many based on ANSI/ESD S20.20 and this has required them to purchase ESD auditing instrumentation. In most cases the equipment is purchased, delivered and used by the company without adequate training.
The result: Users of these meters are making ESD audit and product qualification measurements without knowing whether or not the indicated result is accurate and in many cases the results are not accurate.
This presentation will address what can happen if an operator does not use the equipment correctly. It will also provide some guidance for how to check the equipment before a measurement is made to help minimize the chance of getting a false reading. In some cases, instruments have provided a passing reading, even with no electrodes attached.
Ron Gibson is well known internationally as an outstanding ESD practitioner and as a major contributor to ESD technology for the past 25 years. He previously was Celestica International's Global Engineering Consultant and Corporate ESD Program Manager. As a respected member of the standards development community Ron served in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as the Standards Council of Canada's (SCC) national representative and Chairman of the IEC 61340-5-1 working group. He served as the ESD Association's Standards Chair for over 10 years. A member of the ESD Association since 1988, he has been active in several Standards Committees, a contributor to and past chairman of the EOS/ESD Technical Symposium, and served in every association officer's positions including two terms as President of the ESD Association. Mr. Gibson is a recipient of the Prestigious ESD Outstanding Contributions Award for his life’s work