Distrelec supplies a wide range of electrostatic discharge (ESD) safe products that are essential for static safe environments. If not contained or controlled, ESD is a major cause of disruption and damage to electronic components, which could result in catastrophic failure of the devices and assemblies into which they are incorporated. Many electronic components, especially microchips, are vulnerable to damage by ESD, which is the sudden surge of electricity between two electrically charged objects, caused by an electrical short, contact or dielectric breakdown. A buildup of static electricity can also occur as a result of tribocharging or electrostatic induction. ESD can be caused by differently-charged objects being brought close together or when the dielectric between them is destroyed, often resulting in visible sparks. Vulnerable components need to be protected at each stage; during and after manufacture, during shipping and device assembly, and in the end product. Grounding is especially important for effective ESD control. It should be clearly defined and regularly evaluated. ESD safe products are primarily used to protect electronic circuit boards and other electronic products from electrostatic charge. Distrelec offers ESD products for protection during electronic manufacturing, including earth and spiral cables, packaging materials, wristbands, ionisers, testers and accessories from well-known brands, such as Eurostat, Maxxtro and SMC.