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 Expert  723246

Expert in Static Research and Consulting - Electrostatic Hazards, ESD in Electronic Manufacture

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United Kingdom
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Expert has over ten years experience working with electronics industry manufacturers in avoiding electrostatic dishcarge (ESD) to electronic components. Typically this will entail optimizing an ESD control program plan according to an international standard such as IEC 61340-5-1 or ESD S20:20, training personnel according to the plan, and putting in place an appropriate test and audit program. Use of suitable ESD protective packaging and establishment of electrostatic discharge protected areas (EPAs) including suitable electrostatic discharge controlled workstations, is an essential part of these programs.

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Expert has been involved in electrostatic discharge work since 1987. Between 1987 and 1994 he worked in contract research on electrostatic discharge measurements in ignition of pyrotechnic materials. As part of this work he completed his PhD thesis on the ignition of sensitive materials by low energy electrical discharges. He has since further developed his expertise in ESD measurements designing new probes for measurement of electrostatic discharges for evaluation of risks in electronics industry damage and explosion hazards avoidance.

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Expert has also extensive experience in developing new electrostatic applications, such as electrostatic separation. While working with ERA Technology Ltd in the mid 1990's, the expert designed prototypes of several new electrostatic separators tailored for specific waste streams as part of the CEC funded ELREC electrostatic recycling project.

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Expert's expertise in electrostatic discharge ignition has found application in test and measurement and advisory services for electrostatic hazards avoidance in many process industry areas where flammable atmospheres such as solvents and dust clouds may be found. Other electrostatic hazards include nuisance shocks to personnel in the working environment such as offices or factories. Expert is on the BSI, CENELEC and IEC Committees developing standards and guidance for avoidance of electrostatic hazards such as CLC/TR50404 "Electrostatics - code of practice for the avoidance of hazards due to static electricity".

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After training in electronics design and several years spent in electronics industry R&D, Expert joined the Electrostatic Research Group at Southampton University and moved into electrostatics R&D and consultancy. He has since spent his career giving specialist electrostatics research, consultancy and training services. In 1998 he set up his own company to provide these services to wider industry.





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Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1994   PhD   Electrostatics   University of Southampton  
1979   BSc   Electronics   University of Southampton  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1998 to





Owner/Managing Director


He is responsible for R&D and Consultancy and is the Company Owner and Managing Director

1994 to 1998


ERA Technology Ltd



Electrostatics Section Leader


He was responsible for static electircity research and consultancy activities.

1987 to 1994


University of Southampton


Electrostatics Research Group


Research Fellow


He had several research contracts in static electricity ignition studies of pyrotechnic materials.






Senior Electronic Design Engineer


He was responsible for design and development of hardware and software in marine instrumentation systems.






Electronics Design and development engineer







Electronics design and development engineer


Career Accomplishments:

IEE (Institution of Electrical Engineers) Inst Physics (Institute of Physics)


CEng CPhys

Professional Appointments

Chairman IEC TC101 Chairman British Electrostatic Control Association

Publications and Patents Summary

He has many publications and is a regular speaker on static electricity issues.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - VTT Research Report, Industrial Systems  
 - Energy Institute  

Consulting Services:
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2002 to 2004   Finland   He was working with VTT on understanding ESD damage risks to electronic components during manufacture of electronic systems.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   He can "get by " in French but does not often get the opportunity to practice.

Additional Skills and Services:

He has developed Seminars for Electronics industry on "The Reality of ESD" and "Achieving a highly successful ESD Program". He is a regular presenter at British Electrostatic Control Association Seminars and invited speaker at seminars and conferences worldwide.


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