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 RMV Publications

Risk Mitigation: Advanced ESD Instrumentation for Qualification Testing of Static Shielding Bags

Bob Vermillion, CPP/Fellow, 2019 Military Packaging Hall of Fame Recipient, RMV Technology Group LLC, a NASA Industry Partner,         Moffett Field, CA

April 1, 2019 

First to Present on Suspect Counterfeit and Non-Compliant ESD Materials in the Supply Chain at the NASA Quality Leadership Forum 2010, Cape Canaveral, Florida, Bob Vermillion talks about  Static Shielding Bags and this high volume item requires first article testing.  No longer can a Supplier Technical Data Sheet serve as proof of compliance for a static control shielding bag.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Evaluation Methods of Static Control Gloves for ESD Integrity

May 23, 2017 Bob Vermillion Articles, Design, Design, Military


Due to an astounding rise in the number of non-compliant and suspect counterfeit products, the author has found (in the testing of electrostatic materials) that a significant number of today’s OEMS, CMs, and suppliers either manufacture and/or use many ESD safe products that do not meet current ANSI/ESD or Military Standards. Suspect counterfeiting is no longer limited to cosmetics, watches and hand bags; this problem extends to the cordless wriststrap, soldering irons, ionizers, static shielding bags and other static control products.

Have Suspect Counterfeit ESD Packaging & Materials Infiltrated the Aerospace & Defense Supply Chain?

April 14, 2016 Item Media Aerospace, Articles, EMC Directory and Design Guide, Lightning & Surge, Military

According to the 12 February 2016 edition of the EE Times, President Barak Obama indicated a day earlier that he will sign into law a customs bill passed by the U.S. Senate that includes a provision to combat counterfeit semiconductors (Figure 2)[1]. This will be called the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644/S.1269). This bill will mandate that U.S. Customs & Border Protection share information and samples of suspected counterfeit EEE parts for inspection and testing that are identified as counterfeits. In 2011, the Semiconductor Industry Association estimated that counterfeiting costs U.S. based semiconductor companies more than $7.5 billion per year.


Cleanroom Static Control Glove Safeguards and Qualification Protocols for Risk Mitigation

Bob Vermillion, iNARTE Certified ESD & Product Safety Engineer, RMV Technology Group LLC, a NASA Industry Partner 


March 27, 2019 

Contrary to most government and industry practices, static control gloves cannot be qualified by the visual process. 

The Silent Killer: Suspect/Counterfeit Items and Packaging

Bob Vermillion

August 29, 2014

Over the past several years, U.S. based organizations have curtailed traditional internal verification efforts due to reliance on contract manufacturers, distributors and suppliers to do the right thing. The inspection of ESD sensitive parts is very important, but without special safeguards, the additional handling to remove and repack a product for validation can cause both physical and ESD damage in the process. For parts, including those not sensitive to static electricity, measures must be utilized to detect, inspect and validate the packaging that identifies and protects the product.

Testing Methods for ESD Control Packaging Products

February 10, 2016 Bob Vermillion

Today, suspect counterfeit ESD control and non-compliant packaging is a growing issue throughout the global supply chain. Not only are EEE parts (ESD sensitive devices) damaged, but components can also be destroyed. Suspect counterfeit static control or non-compliant electrostatic discharge (ESD) shielding bags can be purchased from the internet, catalogs, brokers, authorized distributors or directly from the manufacturer.

The author is the First to Present on Suspect Counterfeit ESD Materials in the Supply Chain at the NASA Quality Leadership Forum 2010, Cape Canaveral, Fla. No longer can a supplier’s Technical Data Sheet serve as proof of compliance for a static control shielding bag. A site undergoing certification for ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014 (ANSI/ESD S20.20) compliance must now demonstrate that products used in the ESD Protected Area (EPA) have traceable in-house or third party test data.

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