Estimating the Cost of ESD Damage

This article is based on an original publication by Desco.

How do electronic failures affect the manufacturing industry? How many of these failures are caused by latent defects?  With the proper testing equipment, catastrophic failures are easy to identify; latent defects, on the other hand, are extremely difficult to detect — particularly once the finished product has been assembled. While it is challenging to estimate the overall cost of latent damage, the expense of customer returns and field service warranties significantly exceeds that of in-house scrap and rework.


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