Founded in 1982, EOS/ESD Association, Inc. is a professional voluntary association dedicated to advancing the theory and practice of electrostatic discharge (ESD) avoidance. From fewer than 100 members, EOS/ESD Association has grown to more than 2,000 members throughout the world. From an initial emphasis of ESD on electronic components, EOS/ESD Association has broadened its horizons to include areas such as textiles, plastics, web processing, cleanrooms, and graphic arts. To meet the needs of a continually changing environment, EOS/ESD Association is chartered to expand ESD awareness through standards, development, education programs, local chapters, publications, tutorials, certification and symposia.
A World-Wide Organization
Although founded and headquartered in the United States, EOS/ESD Association, Inc. has a strong international flavor. Its members come from more than 30 countries throughout the world. They serve on Association Standards Committees, present technical papers at the annual EOS/ESD Symposium, and provide the communication links with similar organizations in other countries.
EOS/ESD Association, Inc. has established informal and formal relationships with similar organizations in various countries. The formal relationships include the Reliability Center in Japan, Productivity Standards Board (PSB) in Singapore, Electronics Industry Association of Japan (EIAJ), ESD Forum of Germany, ESREF in Europe, and ABRICEM in Brazil.
EOS/ESD Association, Inc. has the responsibility of representing the interest of the United States at the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the area of electrostatics. With the increasing need for global harmonization in the area of standards, the international focus of EOS/ESD Association, Inc. is vitally important.