Japan ESD Association

About JEA

About JEA


About JEA


Mysterious phenomena caused by electrostatics have long been the object of both scientific curiosity and fear in the form of fire and electric shock caused by lightning. However, such phenomena are often considered to be unavoidable disasters. Actual manipulation and use of electrostatics to obstruct humans is said to have begun in Medieval Europe with the advent of explosives and combustibles, such as gunpowder. Then, with the dawn of the Industrial revolution, electrostatics became an issue as an impediment to production for printing technology, paper production, and primitive automation lines. In modern times, people have started using grounding and ionization in addition to familiar electrostatic control technologies like humidification and triboelectric charging.


Since the 1960s, electronic equipment with semiconductors has begun to see use in a variety of fields. Therefore, ESD and the accompanying malfunction, deterioration, and destruction of semiconductors have become increasingly common. In the late 1970s, electronic components became significantly smaller and lighter, causing them to become remarkably sensitive to ESD. For that reason, the need for electrostatic control - or ESD management as it is better known – increasingly gained attention in a number of countries, including the U.S. and U.K.


Numerous materials are used to control electrostatics. In addition to grounding tools, such as packaging materials and wrist straps, there are also special devices like ionizers and measurement devices able to measure decay time, charge amount, charge voltage, and surface/volume resistance.


ESD products have changed dramatically over the past twenty years. This may not only be due to increased sensitivity, characteristic changes, and solutions to problems on the consumer side of the spectrum, but could also be indicative of improvements in R&D stemming from changes to ESD management environments. Additionally, these problems reoccur whenever ESD-sensitive parts are changed or updated. Simply put, ESD management techniques are still changing.


Under these circumstances, we established ESD Association (NPO) to help solve the problems with ESD and the various phenomena it causes. In order to help people understand the many problems associated with ESD, we hope to launch campaigns on our homepage and information presentation and investigative research projects into the diversification of the many issues facing ESD and spread information derived from these projects to the general public. We will attempt to increase understanding of the problems caused by ESD by holding seminars, issuing publications, and providing a material/product database. It is hoped that these efforts will lead to an increased social awareness of ESD-related problems, maintain and support the latest ESD control techniques, and help us to earn the trust of society. 


Simply stated, we hope our activities lead to the improvement and efficiency of ESD management techniques, contribute to society, and bring these goals to fruition. Having already received the understanding and cooperation of numerous individuals by implementing the activities above, we firmly believe that the establishment of a specific non-profit organization with goals such as ours was dearly desired and will be well received.