ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014 Audits & Recent ESD Materials Tests
The recently revised ANSI/ESDS 20.20-2014 for facility audits now requires in-house or 3rd party material and packaging testing.
The RMV Tech SMEs for ESD Materials and Packaging are the best in Industry and can support your program for Validation, Verification or Certification of your supply chain.
Not only do we have the capabilities as the largest ESD laboratory on any NASA site, we also can troubleshoot your product or package to identify the threshold of failure.
The root cause of failure for a component or part could be as simple as Supplier Non-Compliance in the manufacturing process for the OEM, CM, Supplier or Distributor who may be engaged in the "Kitting" process as is common for many distribution houses.
Learn more about what we can do to support your efforts by contacting us direct at 650-964-4792 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiry.
First Article Testing
RMV provides First Article Testing for your package or product as required for Industry, DOD and for New Product introductions.
In the photo to the left is a test of a medical device vacuum formed tray that is also being tested for polycarbonate compatibility and accelerated aging due to the use of antistats by manufacturers in an attempt to reduce their costs at the expense of the End User for Long Term Storage in many cases.
Antistats should only be used for short term applications due to the finite performance of protection for sensitive devices or components.
Long Term Storage of Ultra-Sensitive Devices
The use of Anti-Stat Materials to protect sensitive devices (as in photo to the left) should be tested for long term storage due to the temporary permanence of topically coated surfactants.
Antistatic Dip Tubes are widely used for the protection of Class 0A devices and should be evaluated before designed into the packaging for components. Due to the temporary protection of antistats that may range for 30 to 90 days depending upon the RH and temperature, the issues that may result when removing or transferring your product may be the direct or indirect root cause of field failures.
For more information, please call or email our team.
ESD Packaging & Materials Audits - Corrective Actions & Root Cause
Largely overlooked by Federal and Commerical OEMs, CMs, Suppliers and Procurement, the increasing issues with Supplier Compliance for Materials and Packaging can no longer be relegated to "Technical Data Sheets." To do so is simply throwing Risk Management out the door.
Probably the biggest problem is the use of "Technical Data Sheets" as some type of proof of compliance in combination with outdated specifications or no specifications for materials compliance. In effect, you are leaving the door open for the Supplier to provide you with the cheapest product at the highest level of profit with the greatest risk to your ESD Program.
Another huge problem is the "P Card" for internet and catalog buys. We see this over and over again in our lab at NASA Ames Research. The purchase of products and materials on the web is 'untraceable' to the original source and you are, in effect, setting yourself up for purchasing Suspect Counterfeit and Non-Compliant parts and packaging.
Open the Cover of the Article at the bottom of this page - it is all about "Awareness" that will lead to the education to make the right decisions when purchasing for your organization.
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