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IEC 61000-4-2 Testing – Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)

The scope of IEC 61000-4-2 testing relates to the electrostatic discharge immunity requirements and test methods for electrical and electronic equipment subjected to static electricity discharges, from operators directly, and from personnel to adjacent objects. IEC 61000-4-2 testing additionally defines ranges of test levels which relate to different environmental and installation conditions and establishes test procedures. The object IEC 61000-4-2 is to establish a common and reproducible basis for evaluating the performance of electrical and electronic equipment when subjected to electrostatic discharges. In addition, IEC 61000-4-2 includes electrostatic discharge testing simulation which may occur from personnel to objects near vital equipment.

IEC 61000-4-2 defines:

  • typical waveform of the electrostatic discharge current
  • range of test levels
  • test equipment
  • test setup
  • test procedure
  • calibration procedure
  • measurement uncertainty

IEC 61000-4-2 gives specifications for test performed in “laboratories” and “post-installation tests” performed on equipment in the final installation. IEC 61000-4-2 relates to equipment, systems, subsystems and peripherals which may be involved in static electricity discharges owing to environmental and installation conditions, such as low relative humidity, use of low-conductivity (artificial-fiber) carpets, vinyl garments, etc., which may exist in all locations classified in standards relevant to electrical and electronic equipment.

Keystone Compliance assists manufacturers with IEC 61000-4-2, BS EN 61000-4-2, and DS/EN 61000-4-2 compliance. Please contact us for more information on how Keystone Compliance can assist you with identifying and fulfilling your IEC 61000-4-2 and ESD testing needs.